Penmanship in a digital age
September 26, 2011 2 Comments
Understandably these pens are all a bit on the expensive side. Some require special paper and/or special note books that also add to the cost but, hey, they do a lot for the money! So what is there on the market? There is a web page for Livescribe pens that has a video that shows you how they work. These pens not only record your writing they also record audio. Great for using in a meeting or tutorial, not too sure just how well they would work in a lecture hall. What could well be useful to some students is that they also translate, though I don’t think they would cope with more technical/discipline specific words. The pens cost between about £100 and £170 pounds but don’t forget all the other things you need too. The paper costs between £13 to £20 pounds for 4 note books and the headphones cost you about £30. It depends on where you think it is best for you to spend your money.
Then there is Logipen. This pen only needs ordinary paper and does not record audio. There is a receiver that you clip to the top of your note pad or loose leaf pages that records what you produce with the pen. View their video and compare the functions and costs with the Livescribe. The pen and receiver cost about $90 and, as far as I can tell, you can only buy it online directly from the company. With VAT the cost would work out about the same as the Livescribe but you do not have to use special paper.
I found one other on Amazon called E-pens Mobile Notes, it didn’t have a very good write-up but it only cost about £80. I’ll see if I can find some others, if I can I’ll pass on the info.