The term ‘Cyber Monday‘ refers to the Monday immediately following the day after Thanksgiving, now referred to as ‘Black Friday.’ Unlike ‘Black Friday’ which focuses on traditional shopping, ‘Cyber Monday’ is the kick-off of the holiday online shopping season. ‘Cyber Monday’ is the perfect day to find that perfect gift for a Cyber Lawyer.
If you are looking for a neat ‘Cyber Monday’ gift, but are stumped as to any good ideas, why not consider a Pulse Smartpen? Try as we might, at one time or another, even the most virtual lawyer needs a pen, and often the ability to audio record. For example, you show up a few minutes late for a seminar. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Because you were running late, you forgot your laptop (the unthinkable!) Or, the only two plug-ins in the room are already taken. You want to take notes, but your handwriting is atrocious or your handwritten note-taking skills aren’t what they used to be.
The Pulse Smartpen combines both a pen and a voice recorder in one gadget. However, it does a lot more. Using a tiny infra-red camera near the tip, the Pulse Smartpen is able to record everything that you write or draw. A built-in computer stores what the pen records, writes, or draws for later uploading. Plus, you can download additional applications for the Pulse Smartpen at Livescribe.com.
Caveat: This little gadget isn’t cheap, and you have to purchase special paper to enable some of its features. It comes in 1 GB, 2GB, and 4GB models, each with an increasingly higher price tag. Personally, I would not even bother with the 1 GB version. At the time of writing this article, the 2GB version was priced from $159-169. You can see a price comparison on the 2GB pen by linking to a CNet article here. However, if you have the dough, for just $40 more, you can get the 4GB pen.
I don’t have one of these pens yet, so take this review as the personal opinion of someone who just thinks this is a nifty little gadget. If you think so too, then you may want to check out the Livescribe website here. The company also has a Facebook page, which you can check out here. The Facebook page has a short video which explains the pen’s features.
As always, if any readers have personal experiences with this gadget that they would like to share, please feel free to comment.