Most people would agree two heads are better than one. But you don't always get to have a second person walking around with you helping you to remember to do's, recall important facts and catalog important information that you receive. Many people are handicapped by their memory. We use calendars, alarm clocks, cameras, and social media to help us stay on track and remember the things that are important to us. I've heard people struggle with the balance between going paperless and being at the mercy of technology. Some of us are old school and don't feel comfortable relying completely on devices, programs and apps that are created to support our busy lives which become even more busy as the features and conveniences of technology advance.
Why I love my smartpen
I have personally struggled with going paperless. The problem for me was always having to type things that I would rather be writing. The other challenge is figuring out which app to use or that I may have already used to catalog something that I need to recall. My solution was even better than I could have ever hoped for. I judge the convenience of technology based on whether it really helps me save time. If I have to go out of my way, or learn something really hard in order to use a new technology, it is immediately eliminated as an option for me.
When I discovered the Livescribe Smartpen seven years ago, I really didn't know what I had found. I am not exaggerating when I say that I don't believe the world has any understanding of how crucial this device can be in helping so many people who need a second brain. It wasn't until I had to go without my smartpen that I realized how important it had become. After writing blogs, hosting meetings, taking classes and even sending a few love notes via my smartpen, I was completely dependent on my Livescribe. When they responded to a tweet I posted about the store that would not exchange my smartpen and sent me a new one, I was not only in love with the device but I also fell in love with the company.
The second time around is always better, and it was no different with my smartpen. I began to stretch the limits. I learned to use the MyScript feature that allows you to transcribe your handwriting into text; as well as the integration with Evernote that allows you to catalog your notes. I became completely indoctrinated into the Livescribe nation; and an ideal poster child if they were looking for one. Fast forward five years and someone actually getting their hands on my smartpen. When I realized how crippled I was and that I was never going to see my pen again, I was devastated. So yes, I tweeted it. Well, this awesome company actually pays attention to their audience and promptly gave me a heads up on their pending contest to win a new pen. Needless to say, I was all over it. Not only did I post a quote, I created a meme with a picture of my smartpen and asked all my friends to share. They loved it and I won. This is proof that social media is a tool for connecting, not just with your friends, and colleagues but also with the brands that you follow and support. As a matter of fact, I have been inclined to stop supporting brands that do not pay attention to their audience in social media. It's just too easy and any company that does not allocate resources to communicating and connecting with it's faithful customers and fans is not a smart company. How can you serve me well as a social media product when you do not use social media effectively?
Why you'll love Livescribe
There are several features and benefits of the Livescribe Smartpen, including the fact that there are several models that fit every person's needs; whether you are a PC or Mac person, or have an Android or iPhone. If you are not familiar with the Livescribe or any smatpen options, you might be fine with the most basic smartpen. It is about as cool as you can imagine. You turn the pen on and write, then you plug it into your computer and upload everything you wrote into your Livescribe dashboard. As if that is not enough, you can also click record while you are writing and you can listen to exactly what was being said when you touch that point in the notes. Does this sound awesome to you? If you are overwhelmed by the technology already, you should stop reading now and go out and purchase the Echo, available from Livescribe. It comes with starter notebooks and a free trial subscription to Premium Evernote.
For the tech savvy folks reading that may not be impressed yet, guess what. The new smartpen's are wifi enabled. Yes, you read that right. Now you don't have to plugin to upload your notes. The newest Livescribe Smartpen 3 is quite the sexy looking pen, sleek and metallic. Looking like a modern day Mont Blanc. for those with a true pen fetish, it is very enticing. You may have seen folks ranting about this on Twitter because they are upset about it being for iPhone only. As a true fan of Livescribe, I had to check out these complaints and find out what the fuss was all about. I was shocked and excited to find out that the Sky, an advanced Echo, which is what I originally had, is also WiFi enabled and can be used with my Android. If you always have to have the newest, shiniest device, more than likely you have an iPhone. But if you are an Android user, rest assured the Sky is more than sufficient as a second brain.
Livescribe as a social prosthetic
I mentioned being a poster child for Livescribe; but I am not being paid to say this. What's in it for me you ask? As a social entrepreneur and community advocate I have come to realize something very simple. There is a huge percentage of people in our society who struggle with brain functions, memory, understanding, processing images, communication, writing and just basically functioning with others and/or operating in their talents, managing brands, functioning in social media and etc. My personal experiences and having the opportunity to use a Livescribe Smartpen has shown me a solution that can help many people who have no hope of overcoming these challenges. Those who are Autistic, Bipolar, ADHD, Dyslexic, PTSD, and many other diagnosed challenges that hinder people from operating in areas of their desire and passion to be valuable parts of society find it difficult to function according to societies traditional way of doing things. I believe Livescribe is the solution and I look forward to helping the world recognize this solution.