There's a high concentration of cutting-edge gadgetry here at Interaction09, but more unusually, a high concentration of people who think long and hard about what effects cutting-edge gadgetry will have on the consumers that use it.
Here's a quick demonstration by IIT Institute of Design professor Tom MacTavish, of the Livescribe digital writing system, a pen-and-paper duo that records audio, remembers what was being said while you were taking notes, and affords some basic computing function in a wholly analog format. If that sounds confusing, just check out the video; MacTavish does a great job of showing it off.
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I've been using the pen for a while now - i love it! I'm a college student with a bioengineering major and use the pen for all my engineering classes. Studying really is a breeze with it. I just re-listen to the parts I was hazy on/my notes weren't as clear. I also share my notes with a lot of friends using the "Livescribe Online" feature so they can take advantage of my notes along with the synced audio.
Let me know if you guys have any questions!
Also, I'm actually a campus representative for Livescribe at UC Berkeley. Hence, I have a discount code for you guys: PULSE5A10 that works at http://www.livescribe.com