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The “SmartPen” –- PERFECT for Struggling Students! | February 10, 2012

Papers…tests…oral exams. Sweating…shaking…silence…shutdown.

No More!

For all those struggling students, now there’s this new, incredible device called the “Smartpen”.

Yup. A pen can be smart.

Here is a pen that could transform the life of a learning disabled child. Or a physically challenged person.

How about a pen that might bring up the grades of a college student who finds it difficult to take notes fast enough to record the main points covered by lecturers?

A Smartpen is a computer in a pen that can capture handwriting at the same time as recording speech. Users can tap on their notes to replay what was recorded. Think of it as a digital “touch” pen.

By tapping on the notes with the Smartpen, students can hear the conversation from that exact moment in time. And the digital voice recorder allows you to replay every word the teacher says later at a slower speed.

It links audio recordings you make as you jot written notes — to the actual text you’re writing. And it can later all be indexed on a PC, and played back on the computer. Or by clicking on the notepad.

For example, if a Smartpen user wants to know the definition of a word, she can write, “define,” followed by the word. The pen, using data stored in its memory, will recognize the word the user writes and display its definition on a small screen on the side of the pen. The same type of procedure can be used to translate words or solve math problems. Type out an equation and the pen will answer it for you through sound and on the screen!

To take notes, you write with real ink on the special paper, which is covered with barely visible dots; they tell the pen’s camera where you are on the page. You can buy various pads of pre-printed paper or you can print your own speckled paper at home.

For detailed descriptions go to: http://digitalsmartpen.com/smartpen-models/

For a live video, you can go to: http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/smartpen/

And for specifics, models, prices and consumer reviews go to: http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=smartpen&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=8360177245&ref=pd_sl_30p99ujmj_b  (Although Amazon gives you detailed information on each product, it’s confusing if you don’t know what exactly you’re looking for.)

But, all in all, it’s a pen we could all use. A pen that is smart. A pen that could transform your life.

Another article of interest:

The “SmartPen” –- PERFECT for Struggling Students! https://epilepsytalk.com/2012/02/10/the-smartpen-perfect-for-struggling-students/

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Resources:

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/open-dictionary/entries/smartpen-or-smart-pen.htm

http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/19892/

http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Smart+Pen

http://www.ubergizmo.com/2008/01/pulse-smartpen-read-write-speak-and-listen-with-your-pen/

http://www.wordnik.com/words/SmartPen

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2009/01/10/ces-2009-livescribe-pulse-smartpen-is-my-top-choice-for-best-gadget-at-ces-2009/

http://digitalsmartpen.com/how-can-a-smartpen-help/

http://digitalsmartpen.com/smartpen-models/

http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/19/a-college-student-reviews-a-smartpen/


18 Comments »

  1. Process of illimunation of the brain.
    A world you will no longer need to learn how to live in.

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    Comment by mkfarnam — February 10, 2012 @ 8:51 PM

    • mkfarnam,,,, Now, that’s too harsh.

      mkfarnam,
      Check this out,,,, “When people started designing, building & flying airplanes, the Church condemn the idea, simply because,,,”IF GOD WANTED HUMANS TO FLY, GOD WOULD HAVE CREATED HUMANS WITH WINGS, JUST LIKE BIRDS”.

      Guess what?
      In the end, the Church MISSIONARIES became the main beneficiary of “FLYING-AIRPLANES”, travelling all over the world to preach Gospel by airplanes.

      In the same case,,, IF HUMAN BRAIN WAS VERY GOOD IN PROCESSING, CALCULATING, RECORDING, MEMORIZING & EXPEDITING “THOUGHT PROCESS” TO SATISFY HUMAN NEEDS & BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS, AS GOOD AS YOU THINK, WHY DO YOU THINK, WE HAVE COMPUTERS TO CALCULATE BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS, STORE RECORDS & FILES?

      mkfarnam,
      While you may be blessed with photographic memory of your school days, business meetings, your family birthdays,,, etc, some of our human beings are NOT as blessed as you.
      Therefore, just like you are using computers to expedite transactions, store files, record documents, family birthdays,,, using the pen to record class lectures, business meetings, court proceedings,,,, is no different.

      In fact, the process augments human “thought-process”, keeping the brain active with
      multitasking bailey projects.
      I hope, you re-consider the benefits of the technology.

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      Comment by Gerrie — February 10, 2012 @ 10:11 PM

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    Comment by sunsaengnim — February 10, 2012 @ 10:00 PM

  3. when the big portable phone came out I thought it was silly. Now look at it and how beneficial it is. This is great. I wish I had it as a student. I could benefit it from now because I am always taking notes! I don’t understand what people are saying but if this pen records cool!

    I will give it a try! What a nice gift for anyone!

    Phylis you did it again …. Thanks!

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    Comment by Toni Robison — February 10, 2012 @ 10:21 PM

    • Actually, it was a student at the support group I run who told me about it. She found out about it and test-drove the $99 model.

      She has epilepsy (what a surprise) and she was having trouble getting through high school. Especially remembering things for her homework.

      Now, she’s in COLLEGE! (That means SATs, remember?)

      It was such a fabulous story that I HAD to investigate this smart pen. The only trouble is there are so many models to choose from.

      So, I think I’d try the $99 model and take it from there.

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      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — February 10, 2012 @ 10:30 PM

  4. What a fantastic idea! Hope it helps many!
    I’ll share this at my Group on Monday. If technology can help just one person, it’s worth it !

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    Comment by Charlie — February 10, 2012 @ 11:55 PM

  5. How about printing copies of the digital smart pen link http://digitalsmartpen.com/smartpen-models/
    to bring to the meeting?

    Hope you’re feeling better!

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  7. Wow! What a compliment! Careful, it may go to my head! 😉

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    Comment by Thelma — November 19, 2012 @ 12:03 PM

  11. Thelma, I was so impressed by the girl in my support group who went from struggling high school student to successful college student — it just blew me away.

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    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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