If you are like me, then you will have had to, at one time, sit in meetings and lectures, writing copious notes. However, afterwards you are filled with dread that you have to type them up into one of the Google Apps such as Google Docs.
As one of my hobbies also requires me to write lots of notes, then I can tell you, that it does become tedious. However, the smartpen can take the strain out of all this.
The way it works is very simple. You continue writing your notes on paper while at the same time the information is simultaneously stored in the pen, which then shares the information via a pencast.
Developed by Livescribe Connect the pen is compatible with a range of digital apps including Microsoft Exchange, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail Plus and AOL for email, Facebook, Google Docs and Evernote. There is even a facility that allows you to send data to your iPhone and iPad.
The smartpen’s features include a pen, a microphone, memory storage and an infrared camera, which makes it possible not only to share written data but audio data as well.
There is one downside to this, however; it won’t work on normal paper, but requires a special type. Furthermore, experts say the pen itself is rather bulky and the lid can be easily lost. Despite this, a recent review gave it six out of ten.
As for the price, it is fairly expensive at around £70.