Friday, 12 March 2010

Possibly one of the best gadgets ever? (Part 2)

So, as promosed I am reporting back on the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen (see Part 1 for the rather short and not very helpfull introduction).

It turns out that it's a real crowd pleaser! And even with my unconfident and slightly shy manner it got a lot of post meeting airplay. This is probably its most impressive feature. Whilst it is a useful gadget and there is a lot of impressive technology on show the amount of noise it inspires is really overwhelming. Is it because its like a new approach to 'the pen' or becuase it has packed in so much for such a little initial outlay? I don't know. I did enjoy the extra attention though.

I've been using it in most meetings. It has effectively done what it promised it would. It saves me time in wiriting my meeting notes and gives me a very useful record of what was said and therefore often what I signed up to so that I can make sure I deliver. Which is all very good and pleasing.

However, there is always one of these, the text convertor is lame and doesn't work that well. You'd have to virually write in full capitals with no arrows or bullets etc. for it to work effectively. And with my Doctors style handwriting this is never going to happen!

All in its a great gadget and one that I will continue to use and make part of my working life. It isn't the best gadget ever though. And the 'smartphone' probably remains at the no.1 spot for now - well some of them deserve this position that is. The search continues.

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