Tuesday, February 5, 2008


These are so cool, they must be shared.

The Livescribe Pulse Smartpen was first announced months ago, but I am still tickled by the idea. Shipping in March, this is the pen I have been expecting since smart pens were first available to consumers from LeapFrog. The website notes, "The Livescribe platform turns plain paper into a computer screen and bridges the gap between the paper and digital worlds. The platform enables a broad range of new applications in personal productivity, learning, communication, and self expression."

Microsoft Surface is a behemoth of touch technology. It integrates cell phones, personal devices and more. I can imagine seeing these in hotel lobbies, business centers and tourist information buildings. Microsoft suggests home use, as well. Surface is so streamline and pretty, I wouldn't be surprised to see future models for the home, although I think the current design is most appropriate for business. In fact, would love to see a demo for a small-scale business meeting--perhaps an employee using Surface to enhance a proposal.

This final cool gadget I first spotted on You Say Too. The company Bruketa & Zinić used thermo-reactive ink for the annual report for food company Podravka. The report, a small booklet, must be baked in tin foil for the ink to appear. Appropriately, the title of the report is "Well Done." The idea is so playful, I love it.

Of course, none of this is nearly as cool as the imagined computer paper featured in NBC's Journeyman.

Journeyman's nanotechnology.

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