The Livescribe Pen–its Magic-minmi

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Writing-and-Speaking How many of us today have laptops, smart phones and tablets? In spite of all the electronics we use a great deal of communication still requires using pen and paper. Whether one is sitting in on a college lecture, company presentation, webinars, meetings around a conference table and even interviews, they still require note taking. Does your profession require that you to take, share and review written notes? Do your notes need to be transcribed or converted to a digital format? If you are a doctor or lawyer this may be the case. I have sat in many university classes taking copious notes not only because I had to take notes, I remember content better than by just listening or recording the lecture. So note taking is still required and there is more and more need to convert the notes to a digital format. Just think if I could write out my college lecture notes by hand while describing what I was listening to and then upload it into my computer–how much time that would save! To use a Livescribe Echo ballpoint pen and voice recorder does just that. It combines and preserves digital copies of your notes and recordings, which can be replayed, saved to your computer, and shared with others. The most prominent feature of the pen is the record and playback function, which allows the user to record everything said and play it back later by tapping the notes that were taken at the time of the recording. All of this is uploaded into the computer where the software saves the notes plus stores the information so it’s fully searchable. Many of the secondary functions are neat, but they aren’t used on a regular basis, like the record and playback function, the paper piano, the calculator and translator. The written calculator seems semi-practical, when in the middle of note scribbling, but it is not my favorite function. One issue that I had with the written calculator and translator was that I tend to write without picking up my pen between letters, and it couldn’t recognize what I was writing. They say cursive support will come with improvement in the technology, but I’m not sure it will fix the recognition for people with poor handwriting. The quality of the pen is good, with a metal exterior that doesn’t feel too light or heavy in the hand. It has a LED screen that brightly displays pertinent info, stereo microphone, a loud speaker, and a magnetic dock/data connector. However, it’s closer in size to a magnetic marker than a pen, and you have to hold the pen relatively high so as not to block the sensor. This feels a little cumbersome in the hand, but you can get used to it. Notes can be easily transferred to a PC or Mac via a Livescribe pen. Once transferred, the notes can then be grouped into notebooks, searched for content, or saved as PDF files for easy sharing. Audio can also be played back in Livescribe Desktop or transferred to other audio formats like iTunes. Another way to share your notes is through Pencast, or a flash movie of your audio and notes. This format allows viewers to follow and see your notes explained by your audio, and vice versa. These notes can then be emailed, published on the web, or embedded in a blog or Facebook post for easy sharing. There are many applications available for the Livescribe pen. Frequent travelers can use the different language dictionaries, which will translate words written in the notebook, and students can use the English dictionaries when studying. Simply write the word for which a definition needed, tap it, and the pen will say and display its definition. And believe it or not, there are also applications to turn the pen into a guitar or piano, simply by drawing a few keys or strings and tapping them with the tip of the pen. The Echo model is truly an amazing pen. Priced at $169 (4GB) or $199 (8GB), it could be the most fantastic pen ever devised. Copyright (c) 2011 Sandra Tiffany About the Author: ..livescribe-pen.. 相关的主题文章: