Livescribe 2GB Computer Pen Writes and Records
Livescribe Pulse Smartpen is an accurate name for this device. What you write can be what you hear. This computer pen is capable of remembering what was said and when it was said. It uses tiny dots on the notepad to match the recorded voice to the written word.
Notes that you write can be transferred to your computer. Doodles and drawings can be transferred as well. These digital and audio files can then be searched, shared, emailed, inserted into reports and saved.
As a student I have struggled with note taking. Sometimes I am forced to "shorthand" my notes because I just cannot write fast enough. I have often thought about using a laptop in class but I know for a fact that I could not type fast enough to catch everything I need from a lecture.
These "shortcuts" get me in trouble. I think that I have everything I need for a test or an assignment until I reach the point that I do not understand my own notes. This is where the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen would be a lifesaver.
A voice recorder is integrated into the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen. If you activate the voice recorder it will record a lecture, a meeting or speech. You would use the voice recorder just like any other voice recorder.
The special Livescribe notepad has tiny dots made into the paper. As you write on this special paper the Livescribe's built in camera records the location of the notes.
When you want to hear the spoken word to verify what you've written you simply touch the pen down on the note in question. The tiny dots tell the Livescribe Smartpen what was written at that point in time of the lecture. It searches through its audio files and only plays back the parts that you ask for.
The Livescribe Smartpen is pretty small and only weighs about 1.3 ounces. The 1GB or 2GB memory is good for approximately 100+ hours of recording. I do not think you'd feel geeky using this pen because it looks modern and the ink cartridges are fine point. It works with Windows XP (service pack 2) or Vista.
I just thought of which class this Smartpen could really help me out. Algebra is not my best class so if I could record the teacher as she explained an equation while I wrote it down - later it would be much easier to understand. Yep, a Livescribe Smartpen may be a must have for me.