In 2002 I got my first digital pen, which captured handwriting as an image file, eliminating the need for paper notes. Or so I thought. Unfortunately, my full-speed penmanship was just as illegible in electronic form. Six years later, Livescribe solved that problem. Its Pulse uses the same technology to track its location on specially printed paper, but it pairs the text with an audio recording. At a meeting, I jot only cursory notes while the pen records every sound (except the scratching of pen on paper, which it filters out). Later I can tap my pen to the pad or click with my mouse on the screen to select a section of my notes and hear exactly what people said at the time.—Steve Morgenstern, Contributing Editor
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This pen has been a savior to my grades!!! Not only has it helped me learn more efficiently, but it has also ended up saving me money from not having to buy calculators and textbooks! This freaking rocks!!!!
This is a major step forward for digital writing. I was considering getting a digital pen a while back, but decided against it. My main reasons (and what I hope developers are working on) is that I want my notes to be saved as a text file in a program like Microsoft Word or Notepad, not an image.