LiveScribe's [ http://www.livescribe.com ] Never Miss a Word pen is probably the world's most intelligent pen. That not only records, remembers and manage your hand writings but also gives you some extra controls. the 1 and 2 GB versions are bit expensive, 150$/200$ but its really amazing. I am dying for it right now :-)
First of all - a confession. No, two. This is not a brand new launch but as above, it was part of the Last Gadget Standing contest and I had not come across it before. So I can include it. And secondly, yes, I know I love it so much because I am a hack whose shorthand is not what it was.
But this gadget is a fantastic piece of innovation and my favourite from CES.
The Livescribe Pulse smartpen places a computer inside a writing stylus to deliver a pen and voice recorder that remembers everything it writes and syncs it all with your PC.
There is a tiny scanner in the tip of the pen that picks up invisible dots in the special paper to keep a timeline of where the pen comes into contact with the paper. The pen can have its voice recorder activated, so it records audio while the notes are taken and afterwards, simply by touching the pen to any point in the notes, you can play back what was being said at the time.
If this sounds amazing, it is and it works. A journalist colleague swears by the smartpen now. Livescribe sells notebooks of the special Dot Paper, and users can even print out their own Dot Paper using a 600 dpi or greater printer.
Here's a video to help explain (it's a bit cheesy but it is aimed at students).http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag6R8v9YZ2k
Also Watch this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE-mnEdAf7g&feature=related
Jim Marggraff, CEO of Livescribe, shows off the 2GB, Java-capable Pulse Smartpen at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco. The pen records audio as the user takes handwritten notes, then synchs up the sound with the writing. Audio can then be played back when someone taps the pen on paper. The device also converts languages instantly, playing translations out loud through the embedded speaker or displaying the word on its LED screen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4G3T7b8pKM&feature=related [dont forget to see the last part of this video]
The pen is designed (by some ex-Apple people) to make note-taking - for journos and for students - really easy. What's more, the pen uses handwriting recognition to solve maths questions and translate words. No, I am not making that bit up.
The notes can all be transferred onto your computer using the Livescribe Desktop. The system is Windows compatible and there is a public beta to download for Mac users. A starter pack of the pen, the software, some of the special notebooks and other bits of kits costs around £185 in the UK. The Livescribe website is here.
And that's it. I hope you read this far. I should add that I have not included Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system update because I doubt very much that it will be fully released by the time the next CES comes to an end. So what did I miss?
The Pulse smartpen records audio and links it to what you write. Missed something? Tap on your notes or drawings with the tip of your Pulse smartpen to hear what was said while you were writing.
No Need to Lug the Laptop:
The Pulse smartpen automatically captures everything as you write and draw. Transfer your notes to your computer, organize them, and even search for words within your notes. Find what you want in seconds.
Share Your Notes:
Transform your notes and audio into interactive movies. Upload your creations online for everyone to see, hear and play.
What You Get
- The Pulse smartpen (1.3 ounces, anodized aluminum housing)
- 2 GB of memory (actual user available memory will be less)
- Livescribe Desktop software (download)
- 3-D Recording Headset
- 100 sheet dot paper college-ruled notebook
- USB mobile charging cradle
- Smartpen case
- 3 black fine point ink cartridges + 1 stylus cartridge
- Demo card and interactive stickers
- Interactive Getting Started Guide
What You Need
- Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.5.5 or newer, Windows XP™ 32-bit SP2 or higher, or Windows Vista™ 32 or 64-bit operating system
- 600MHz CPU or higher
- 300 MB minimum free disk space
- Available USB port
- Internet connection
Works Only With Livescribe Dot Paper
|Bundled Smartpen Software|
|Paper Replay|| |
Record and replay synchronized ink & audio
Ink capture (without audio)
|Quick Record|| |
Quick access audio recording application
|Printed Calc|| |
Printed calculator for scientiﬁc, ﬁnancial, and statistical equations
|Quick Calc|| |
A simple calculator that can be launched and used on any dot paper
|Other Utilities|| |
Time, Date, Storage, Battery and other settings
|Nav Plus|| |
5-way navigation and menu system using pre-printed or drawn plus sign
|Demo Card|| |
Includes: smartpen movies, 3-D audio samples, translator demo, and paper piano
|Additional Software|| |
Additional applications will be made available for sale at livescribe.com
|Included Paper and Accessories|
|Product Design|| |
Sleek ergonomic design with anodized aluminum housing
Charcoal blue with silver band & black accents
Samsung ARM 9 (32-bit, 150 MHz)
96x18 OLED Display
High speed infrared camera (over 70 images/sec)
1GB NAND (over 100 hours recording time)*
2GB NAND (over 200 hours recording time)*
*Actual available memory will be less.
300 mAH rechargeable lithium (non-removable)
|Audio - Record|| |
Dual (embedded) smartpen
3-D Recording Headset - binaural or stereo recording
|Audio - Playback|| |
Audio jack (2.5mm) for 3-D Recording Headset
|Computer Connectivity|| |
USB mobile charging cradle
|Size & Weight|| |
Length: 155mm (6.1 in.)
Width: 14mm or 0.55 in. (bottom) to 16mm or 0.63 in. (top)
Weight: 36 Grams (1.3 oz.)
|Livescribe Desktop||Computer Desktop Software (download) |
|Web Apps & Services|| |
My Livescribe Account
250MB Online Storage
Community for posting and sharing content
|System Software|| |
Livescribe Paper-Based Computing Platform with Anoto Technology and Java Development Environment
|Development Tools|| |
Software Development Kit (SDK) - 2H 2008
Online Application Workshop - 1H 2009
|Dot Paper|| |
Interactive Dot Enabled Paper with Dot Positioning System (DPS)