Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Really Cool Pen

While I was at the SCN conference I learned all sorts of interesting tidbits. One of them was this very cool pen, Becca who I was on the blogging panel with, had it in her hand. It is called a livescribe pen.



This smartpen takes pictures of everything you write or draw and can be downloaded to your computer. You can also record audio with it and if you're writing at the same time when you download what you've written to your computer it will highlight the text that went along with the recording! It requires special paper but they sell all sorts of notebooks and paper to go with it.

I was thinking of journaling and how this pen could take it to a whole new level. Even for writers who like to scribble notes and ideas down when they are in the carpool line, grocery store, ballet lessons, etc. Now they can scribble away and later download it to a file.

My husband has a second cousin who does little political cartoons and such. I'm thinking this would be a very neat gift for her too. The applications are probably endless and to think I never even knew this little guy existed!

Many times writing is actually pounding at the keyboard and sometimes I just need to grip a pen between my fingers and work out my ideas that way. This pen would be a wonderful way to do that then be able to easily transfer it to a file. I wonder if it could put it into neat text for you...hmmm I need to check that out.

Okay, just wanted to share my new discovery! Do you like the idea of this pen and do you know of someone who might like it?

7 comments:

Jessica said...

Really cool! I'm not sure I totally get how it works (I'm slow when it comes to technical stuff) but it sounds amazing. I've never heard of it before either.

Aimee said...

Oh, I love this! I wish I had one...I am often making notes and stuff for school while I'm out. I would totally use this!!

Kara said...

Jessica, I'm not sure how all it works either:)I didn't get a chance to play with Becca's to figure it all out!
Aimee, I was thinking the same thing.

Pat's Place said...

Wonder if it can spell?? I think it would be great for my writing groups! I have about 4 notebooks full of stories that I have written over the past 5-6 years but have never transcribed them into the computer.

Jody Hedlund said...

Love the idea! And I've never heard of that kind of pen before! Over the years I think I've become attached to my keyboard. I can type way faster than I can write! So I don't know that I could ever go back!

Kara said...

Ha,Pat if it could spell it would be worth every penny:)
Jody, the keyboard is much faster and I've lost those ugly callouses on my fingers from all that writing I used to do:)!

Kara said...

Ha,Pat if it could spell it would be worth every penny:)
Jody, the keyboard is much faster and I've lost those ugly callouses on my fingers from all that writing I used to do:)!