font analysis

An Innovative Handwriting Averaging-Approach

This recent research by Lawrence Zitnick on a handwriting averaging approach based on sampling is not only interesting, but holds enough potential to influence the way we do type design. Basically, the algorithm takes user stroke samples in real time (with the help of a pen tablet) to increase stroke consistency in a non-destructive manner. Take a look at the presentation video (link at the bottom); there's no need to put it into words.

I wonder: If this algorithm could take stroke-width information into account, the application to the digitization process of calligraphic ‘handwritten’ fonts is obvious.