I was at the QRCA conference last week, and in a discussion heard about something called a smart pen. Being a gadget loving girl generally, I went straight online to find out the scoop.
My new pen arrived two days ago, and is already proving itself useful. If you click on this link, you'll see a "pencast" on the Livescribe site. A pencast I wrote just a few minutes ago. There are many other pencasts that users are sharing.
This fantastic device is clearly the product of very thoughtful examination of users needs and creating something that is materially better than what they are using now. Way to go Livescribe!