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Smartpens can help cause you to be more efficient – here’s how

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Smartpens are a new office craze with ever-expanding possibilities. The capabilities of smartpens have grown a lot since the technology first came about, and they’re still increasing.

What the majority of smartpens do is capture the notes that you are writing down and convert them into a digital format. Additional possible capabilities, however, vary by brand and model.

IOGEAR Mobile Digital Scribe

This smartpen was the first on the scene. For that reason, it doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles that you may find in a newer model.

Smartpens are a new office craze with ever-expanding possibilities. The capabilities of smartpens have grown a lot since the technology first came about, and they’re still increasing.

What the majority of smartpens do is capture the notes that you are writing down and convert them into a digital format. Additional possible capabilities, however, vary by brand and model.

IOGEAR Mobile Digital Scribe

This smartpen was the first on the scene. For that reason, it doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles that you may find in a newer model.

It does, however, do plenty of interesting things that make it a fantastic business tool. The Mobile Digital Scribe captures and stores all of your notes for later review. It doesn’t require you to write on a certain surface – a simple piece of paper will do. Also, if you link the smartpen to your computer, it can display your notes on the screen as you write them.

Logitech IO2 Digital Pen

The Logitech smartpen has a number of the basic functions that you may find in the Mobile Digital Scribe. It transcribes your notes and can save them in a range of different file types.

After you save them, you can search the files for words and phrases in order to help you scan notes more easily. You can search by date, file type and file name. Unlike the Mobile Digital Scribe, you cannot use any surface to record your notes with this smartpen – you must use Post-It notes or Franklin Covey’s iScribe software.

Livescribe Echo

The Livescribe Echo has far more functions than its counterparts. It not only transcribes your written notes into a PDF, it also records any audio and enables you to save that in a variety of different formats.

The Livescribe Echo now has a feature called Pencast, which plays back your audio and synchronizes it with the notes you took. You can play these Pencasts with your iPad, iPhone or iPod making the files super easy to share. This is great for anyone who wants to share the details of a meeting with their coworkers but doesn’t have the time to tell them about it or transcribe the entire thing.

Smartpens are a cool technology that is sure to keep becoming more popular in the office setting. They make it easier to become a more efficient worker with little effort.

If you’d like to take a look at a review of the Livescribe Echo, check out this Inc. article