Summary: This is a must-have for those professors who lecture a mile a minute and hold you responsible for everything they say. Also great for professors who cover PowerPoint slides with text and don't give students copies. You can focus on getting everything written down without having to worry about missing what the prof says.
Summary: I use the LiveScribe pen on a daily basis in my job as a consultant. The recording is of great quality, even without the additional earphone accessory. PDF exports are also super easy for those occassions when you want to share details with your team. Note that the new version, Sky, breaks from a number of applications and features that Echo uses and as yet is not a mature platform (also, Sky uploads everything into the cloud which can be problematic from a corporate...
Summary: I used this for a freelance interview last week and it was a terrific time saver. I took notes, but was able to just transcribe the quotes that I really wanted for the article instead of the whole thing. When I needed more, I just tapped the place in the journal to find the audio instead of scrolling through the interview on my recorder. True, I had to conduct the interview using the speakerphone, but it was totally worth it. I also use it during graduate classes.
Summary: I am a physics graduate student. I came across the Livescribe pens while trying to figure out the best way to archive my lab notes/data and make them available to me anywhere. That search ultimately led me to Evernote (a wonderful application) which happened to be advertising the Echo pens on its website. Upon looking into it, it became clear that this is the ultimate research assistant.
Summary: If I had seen this product on a web site or read an ad, I wouldn't have believed it. But the story is that a friend of mine owns one and I saw it actually working. It's fabulous! I visit several clients a week and each one of them has a different request. After that visit I have to write an ad-hoc proposal. Sometimes it's hard to remember everything, so I've always taken notes on a notebook.
Summary: Two professors, who often conducted extensive interviews, had used and recommended the pen. The pen worked, just like they said. By making written "bookmarks" in anticipation of each new bit of the interviews, I found I was organizing the recordings as well as becoming more conscious about organizing the interviews as I conducted them. I also tried out the demo version of MyScript for the Echo, which is used to convert hand written notes to editable text.