Both Joe & I were at a conference and started the first sessions taking notes, me on my tablet PC and Joe on his LiveScribe pen (http://www.livescribe.com/) - needless to say 4 hours later my tablet battery was flat but Joe's solution kept on going without faltering for the entire day (and the next one for that matter). During a lull in the second day (and whilst my tablet still had it's new battery life that day) I went online and ordered my own LiveScribe setup.
I'm now starting to see people use these in many meetings (@mikiSandorfi being the latest) - everybody I show it to 'gets it immediately' and wants to know costs and where to buy it from, so here's the list of LiveScribe equipment I purchased :-
Mini Leather book
A4 Ringbound Notepads
- Great product, it just works
- Simple to use - naturally being male I've never even opened the manual, let alone read it...
- Love the variety of notepads - current I make the most use of the A4 sized ring-binder pads, feeling very natural in size, format and usage. But I also carry the mini leather notepad with me permanently in my jacket pocket
- Makes maintaining an electronic version of your notes & records trivial
- Battery charge lasts for ages and so it would appear does the 4GB memory
- Its great to be able to sync & recall the audio directly against the areas you've written
So time for some Request For Enhancements (RFEs) :-
- Gel nibs - it would be really good to get some replacement gel nibs rather than ballpoint
- Coloured writing - it would be great to be able to 'set colour' of writing in electronic copy (ie select different pen colours when handwriting regardless of the nib's actual ink colour) - and have the electronic version show these colours
- Re the desktop application :-
- Need to have settings for the directory locations for data storage (at least I've not been able to find how to manage this)
- Option to backup/recover data files used by the desktop application
- Whilst the OCR search is great, it really does need a built in, and decent, OCR conversion to MS office formats
- It would be useful to have integration with MS OneNote
- The desktop desktop application really needs to be working via corporate firewalls and proxy servers
Overall? Sometimes even something so simple and basic as a pen & paper can be improved to a dramatic level that makes something so much more suitable to revised work requirements. Would I buy it again? Absolutely without thinking!