The concept of pen, paper and eventually moving that to the computer has intrigued me for many years. I’ve owned one of the LiveScribe pens for more than 6 years. I love the original LiveScribe pen because you could add applications to it.
Moving what you write on paper to the computer is fairly easy now. Converting that chicken scratch to text not quite as easy. But it is easier now than it was just a few years ago.
While I believe that motion is the new touch I still like to write on paper. I like the feel of a good ink pen traversing the paper and leaving behind a record of what I considered. I do like the concept however of linking all the technologies together. Using Evernote on various devices I find in the end that I use it more with my handwritten notes than anything else. I do capture web pages there on occasion but in the end it is more a note referral system.
There have been a number of interesting additions recently. The newest pens connect directly to your tablet. You no longer need to be tethered to your PC. Some of the newer pens (Adaptx has been doing pen to computer for a long time, like Livescribe) work with specific applications. The Capturx system uses OneNote (I love OneNote, best product in the Office suite). Wacom and others have pens that use a receiver and standard paper. The Capturx and LiveScribe pens do require specialized paper.
In the end it remains however the concept of moving pen and ink to your computer. Roughing out an idea that in the end can move to the computer and be shared as a draft in seconds.
This brings me to the LiveScribe3 product. It combines the great capabilities of the LiveScribe pens, without the bulky addition of a voice recorder and connects to your tablet. The pen can work offline (store) and then sync with your tablet as well. With the BLE connection it is able to use your device (iPhone/Android/iPad) as the audio recording device. It can on the tablet then link together the audio and text files as previous versions of that pen have done for a long time.
Motion may still be the new touch – but in the end I still like to write my thoughts down. Its nice to be able to connect them to my laptop, tablet and phone quickly and easily.