Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Finds: livescribe

Folks,

Livescribe is a new smart pen startup. The gadget is roughly marker size. It digitizes everything you write, *and* everything anyone said while you wrote. It can play back your writing, stroke by stroke, synchronized with what you were saying/hearing at the time. It uses special marked paper, which livescribe says you will be able to print out yourself shortly. On special "addressed" paper, it will email what it scans to the address -- e.g. if someone writes on a business card, it will email that note to the person who produced the card.

I think this pen has potential as a live interface for visual conferencing (drawings could instantly be sent to the person on the other end of the line), but it seems this gadget doesn't have a wireless interface -- only a usb dock. Hmm -- a potential hack?

Best,

Ben.

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