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I went to the "Smart Note Taker" website - it is poorly-written, with a lot of typographical errors, and thus is not a professional site. Also, the contact address is a gmail address, which is not a reputable business email. I'd say this is a case of something that sounds too good to be true - don't waste money on it.
It seems to be some sort of recording device where you write your notes with a pen onto your laptop instead of typing - I can't see how that would be worth the money. My advice is to learn how to take notes yourself - see the Related Questions - and then you will be the Smart Note Taker.
There is now a product similar to this "Smart Note Taker" listed on the market with a delivery time of " Pen Mobile note taker (or digital pen)--- portable handwriting capture device using soon" - it is made by Kawell Industry in Hong kong - there are no prices listed, and the minimum order they will accept is for 50 devices! Here's their information.
Mobile Note Taker or Digital handwriting recognition technology to capture your hand writing notes, drawings, sketches anytime, anywhere then upload, file, email your handwriting notes, drawings, sketches once connected to computer. An nice digital scribe to assist your business, study and daily life.
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The Smart Note Taker is such a helpful product that satisfies the needs of the people in today's technologic and fast life. This product can be used in many ways.
The Smart Note Taker provides taking fast and easy notes to people who are busy one's self with something. With the help of Smart Note Taker, people will be able to write notes on the air, while being busy with their work.
The written note will be stored on the memory chip of the pen, and will be able to read in digital medium after the job has done. This will save time and facilitate life.
The Smart Note Taker is good and helpful for blinds that think and write freely. Another place, where our product can play an important role, is where two people talks on the phone.
The subscribers are apart from each other while their talk, and they may want to use figures or texts to understand themselves better. It's also useful especially for instructors in presentations.
The instructors may not want to present the lecture in front of the board. The drawn figure can be processed and directly sent to the server computer in the room.
The server computer then can broadcast the drawn shape through network to all of the computers which are present in the room.
By this way, the lectures are aimed to be more efficient and fun. This product will be simple but powerful.
The product will be able to sense 3D shapes and motions that user tries to draw. The sensed information will be processed and transferred to the memory chip and then will be monitored on the display device. The drawn shape then can be broadcasted to the network or sent to a mobile device.
There will be an additional feature of the product which will monitor the notes, which were taken before, on the application program used in the computer. This application program can be a word document or an image file.
Then, the sensed figures that were drawn onto the air will be recognized and by the help of the software program we will write, the desired character will be printed in the word document.
If the application program is a paint related program, then the most similar shape will be chosen by the program and then will be printed on the screen.
The sensed information will be processed and transferred to the memory chip and then will be monitored on the display device. The drawn shape then can be broadcasted to the network or sent to a mobile device.
There will be an additional feature of the product which will monitor the notes, which were taken before, on the application program used in the computer.
This application program can be a word document or an image file. Then, the sensed figures that were drawn onto the air will be recognized and by the help of the software program we will write, the desired character will be printed in the word document.
If you are having a hard time paying attention, you need to do something about it. Are you sitting in the front, middle, or back? Students in the back are more likely to be distracted or to daydream. If you want to focus, you should probably sit in the first few rows.
So if you want to move, then ask your teacher (before or after class) if you can be moved up. If you explain that you are having trouble focusing and think that sitting close will help, most teachers will be glad to help you with that.
You cannot take good notes if you cannot focus on what you are taking notes on. Your teacher will be emphasizing different information, and you really want to notice that.
Usually the teacher will emphasize what they think is important. What they think is important is more likely to be on the test.
With the help of smart note taker weÂ can write notes on any surface even in air. That is we can write notes any time without using a paper.
So we get information in very fast and easy way. Hence it is time saving.
Smart note taker is reliable and powerful.
It is helpful for blinds that think and write freely.
Smart note taker is used for instructors in presentations.
It is used along with paint and JAVA graphics so we can say this product is compatible with all graphics software
Easy-to-use wireless connection.
Drawer (Contents outline, library, history).Â
Index has no context, not nearly as good as Note Book's
Only one keyword per item
Clipping service requires second click
Working with pasted graphics is awkward
Highlighter only works on full cells, doesn't get indexed
No smart quotes
Switches to front when using contextual menu in other application
Can't drag items to other tabs
SMART NOTE TAKER
The Smart Note Taker is such a helpful product that satisfies the needs of the people in today's technologic and fast life. This product can be used in many ways. The Smart Note Taker provides taking fast and easy notes to people who are busy one's self with something. There will be an additional feature of the product which will monitor the notes, which were taken before, on the application program used in the computer. This application program can be a word document or an image file.
Then, the sensed figures that were drawn onto the air will be recognized and by the help of the software program we will write, the desired character will be printed in the word document. If the application program is a paint related program, then the most similar shape will be chosen by the program and then will be printed on the screen.
Since, JAVA Applet is suitable for both the drawings and strings, all these applications can be put together by developing a single JAVA program. The JAVA code that we will develop will also be installed on the pen so that the processor inside the pen will type and draw the desired shape or text on the display panel.
OPPORTUNITIES IN THE MARKET:
In the current market there are many similar products that are trying to convert handwritten documents into digital typed documents. In these products, optical sensors are being widely used to perceive the motion. Ink is also used on these products to be functioned as anÂ ordinary pen. There areÂ optical sensors on theÂ pen.
However, they have some lacks andÂ imperfections suchÂ as beingÂ wired,Â limited inÂ work space, and limited in 2D. Companies Â had Â succeeded Â to Â make Â similar Â products Â and Â put them in Â the market. Putting a newly invented , innovative Â product Â in Â the Â market is not easy.
The prices in the market must be well observed for similar products. The prices of 2-D digital pens are about 50 dollars to 90 dollars. The new product is 3-D Smart Note Taker that has a memory chip on it in addition to the features that the previous pens have.
SMART NOTE TAKER'S CONSUMER PROFILE AND PURCHASE
Smart note taker is incompatible among the other products. It has some significant differences from its potential competitors. This plays crucial role in the marketing strategy and attractiveness of product the segmented mark. TheÂ priorÂ marketÂ isÂ educational servicesÂ andÂ schools.Â InÂ today'sÂ fastÂ and information based life; the faster and easier you get information, the more successful you are.
The customers are going to be generally teachers and indirectly students. While lecturing the usage of the board for teachers and note-taking for students cause dilute ofÂ time and sometimes it is embarrassing.Â In order to utilizes the time and to take more attention of students smart note taker is a great solution, which transfers the notes of the teacher on the board to software directly.
It optimizes efficiency of time that is used during the lecturing and it is desirable for the educational. This application program can be a word. Then,the sensed that were drawn into the air will be recognized and with the help of the software program software we will write the desired characterÂ will be printed in the word document.
Having something to write with and some paper to write on. Being prepared also means that you have read the material in advance. Reading the material helps you determine what information is more important.
Extended software suite
Easy Note Taker manager
Notes recognition software Lite* (Advanced software only available on IRISNotesâ„¢ Executive, see below)
Recognize up to 22 Languages
English - Canada,Â Â English - GB, English - US, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Danish, Spanish, Spanish - Mexico, Finnish, French, French - Canada, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Portuguese - Brazil, Russian, Swedish.
Features Specifications Â» Note Taker (MNT S100)
Note Taker (MNT S100)icon-1
Handwriting recognition and save: The Mobile Note Taker PRO is a unique device that captures notes handwritten on plain paper, Stores the notes to memory and uploads them to a PC
Mobile working mode: Take digital notes while being away from you computer in meetings, classroom and at home (device is not connected)icon-2
Online working mode: Work online as a table PC compatiable pen(device is plugged to USB port).
Pen and ink features: Enables windows vista* and office2007 great inking and hand wire features.
Pc note taker
You write, it types!
IRIS notes is a pen and mobile note taker that can capture handwritten notes and drawings, as well as edit, save and export them.
Your hand written notes can be instantly converted into editable text in a wide range of languages.
I want to be able to find snippets of information easily, so an effective index is very important. The media frames are just a good way of managing inserted graphics/PDFs, though I wish they could also be used with embedded web pages too (currently, Note Book can't display web pages).
The on-board flash memory can store up to 50Â pages (size A4).Mobile Note Taker works in two modes :- mobile mode Â and Â Connected mode. In mobile mode note taker receiver unit is not connected to a PC via USB cable.
Turn your handwritten notes into editable text*!
Simply write your text using the provided ink pen. Your handwritten notes will be instantly converted into editable text.
Use your pen as a mouse
You can set the pen to mouse mode. In this mode, tapping the pen in the writing area or pressing the button on the side of the pen will act like a single mouse click.
Easy-to-use wireless connection*
Write your notes anytime, anywhere! When you are back to your computer, simply connect the USB receiver. Your notes will be instantly converted.
Works on any paper with normal ink refill icon-4
You can write your notes on any kind of paper! Simply place the receiver on the top or the corner of your document and you are ready to write.
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MOBILE NOTE TAKERÂ
The Ultimate Handwriting Capture Device Mobile Note Taker TM is the world's first portable handwriting capture device based on natural handwriting as an input. Attach plain paper of any kind and use Pegasus the electronic pen Â to capture, store Â and Â share Â handwrittenÂ drawings, sketches, notes, and memos at meetings, lectures, and conferences.
Mobile Note Taker TM has a built-in LCD to confirm input. The on-board flash memory can store up to 50Â pages (size A4).Mobile Note Taker works in two modes. Mobile modeÂ andÂ connected mode. In mobile mode note taker receiver unit is not connected to a PC via USB cable.
In connected mode the base unit is connected to a PC through USB cable. Features and Benefits Uses standard paper - no special paper required Stores up to 50 A4 pages Include s LCD to view and confirm input Operates both in mobile mode and when connected to PC, notebookÂ orÂ otherÂ deviceÂ Connects toÂ PC/Note bookÂ viaÂ USB cableÂ (included).
Includes software for synchronization and managementÂ of stored files Writes directly into MSÂ® Office applications (in Connected mode) Allows file transfer over LAN, email, and instant messaging application (in connected mode).Capture, Organize, and ShareÂ Your Notes Digitally-Anywhere, Anytime.
Mobile Note Taker connected mode synchronizes the Mobile Note Taker TM and a PC/Notebook via USB cable (included). YouÂ can upload, organize, move, edit orÂ add toÂ handwrittenÂ notes, ideas, sketches, phone numbers, or reminders.
The included software also enables memos, notes, and sketches to be sent via e-mail or over the LAN network.
PC NOTE TAKER
PC Notes Taker is the world's first device that captures natural handwriting on any surface onto a PC in real time. Based on a revolutionary electronic pen, PC Notes Taker displays the user's handwritten notes, memos or drawings on the computer, and stores the image for future use. PC Notes Taker is ideal for markets where handwritten input is essential, such as health, educational and financial sectors.
Supplied with user-friendly software, PC Notes Taker is compatible with PCs and notebooks. Adds Handwriting Input to any Computer PC Notes Taker is the world's first device that captures natural handwriting on any surface onto a PC in real time. Based on a evolutionary electronic pen, PC Notes Taker displays the user's handwritten notes, memos or drawings on the computer, and stores the image for future use.
PC Notes TakerÂ is ideal for markets where handwritten input is essential, such as health, educational and financial sectors. Supplied with user-friendly software, PC Notes Taker is compatible with PCs and notebooks.
PC Notes Taker is ideal for markets where handwritten input is essential, such as health, educational and financial sectors. Supplied with user-friendly software, PC Notes Taker is compatible with PCs and notebooks.
Fig: 4.2.1 PC Note TakerÂ
I-PEN Product Features
Write or draw over any application screen.
Save your inputs and e-mail it.
Compact and light: perfect for laptopÂ users.
Convert handwriting to text.
Annotate Web Pages
Pen-on-paper feeling: Natural handwriting by sensing contact pressure.
No special pad or tablet required: Free to use onÂ almost any surface
Ergonomic design: fits comfortably on your hand
Standard USB connection: Just plug and play
Instantly recognizes any handwriting accurately.
Send hand-written notes and emails.
Create memos and highlight within any application
No conflict between regular mouse andÂ i-Pen(have both plugged in at the same time)
Create professional designs
Extremely simple and natural to use
Fig: 4.3.1 I-PEN
The Smart Pen Â is Â Â a Â Â device Â Â that Â resembles Â a Â fat Â pen or Â Â stylus, but contains a tiny computer and Â a Â Â set Â of Â sophisticated sensors Â that Â record and analyze Â every Â motion, Â and Â then Â transmit this Â information Â to Â a Â Â nearby Â computer Â via infrared, Â radio Â Â Â or direct electric signal.
Â Â A Smart Pen helps a computer to recognize hand written or drawn input.Â A computer Â is Â treated Â as 1 level Â of Complexity higher in its Â ability Â to Â recognize Â the Â handwriting of anybody Â who Â uses Â a Â Smart Pen. Â Costs$50, weight is negligible.
This is a progressive development of the Smart Pen : a pen with sufficient processing Â power Â to Â recognize Â handwriting Â on Â its Â own Â with Â the Â equivalent Â ofÂ Complexity 1. It can also be used as a Smart Pen. Every Solo Pen has a long, narrow screen that displays the writing for the user to check.
The user of a Solo Pen can write on a regular writing surface, as the Solo Pen has a normal writing tip. TL8 Solo Pens have trouble with the spatial relationship of writing, so if the user writes three lines on paper and then wants to write a heading above the first line, the Solo Pen might put it a line higher or lower than desired. The user can also write in the air, but this requires an IQ roll to avoid mistakes.
TL8 Solo Pens are great for short notes on the run, not for novel writing. The data is stored and downloaded to a computer via infrared. A Solo Pen is TL8, costs $100 and has negligible weight. It has a rechargeable A PowerÂ Cell, but do not bother about energy as long as the Pen is placed into its recharging stand (comes with the pen).
For those whoÂ have neverÂ progressed past theÂ hunt-and-peckÂ methodÂ of typing, British Telecommunications' research laboratory has come up with a prototype of an intelligent pen that records writing and translates it into text onÂ a computer screen. Dubbed Smart Quill, the sleek and stylish prototype pen is different from otherÂ electronic pens on the market today in that users don't have to write on a special pad in order to record what they write. Instead, Smart Quill contains sensors that record movement by using the earth's gravity system, whether you write on paper or in the air.
Smart Quill isn't all space age, though -- it contains an ink cartridge so that users can see what they write down on paper."Why should people use a keyboard when they can use a pen?" said John Collins, project manager for Smart Quill at BT Labs.
Many people have never learned to type quickly and accurately, but everyone knows how to write, he pointed out. People could use the pen in the office to replace a keyboard, but the main attraction will be for users who usually take notes by hand on the road and type them up when returning to the office, Collins Â said. Smart Quill will let them skip the step ofÂ typing up their notes, he said. The pen works in conjunction with a regular PC.
Technology used in Smart Note Taker forÂ display is Ko pin Corp'sÂ CyberÂ Display technology. Cyber Display is aÂ¼ inch diagonal LCD that uses circuitry built on a silicon wafer, then removedÂ and mounted to glass.
The displays are integrated to miniature monitors using its ownÂ back lighting, optics, ICS and packaging.
Handwriting Recognition And Signature Verification
Accelerometers measure hand movement in 2 or 3 planes.
On board DSP converts to ASCII characters for pen applications.
Write on paper, flat surface, and vertical wall or in air.Â
Single character recognition on pen.
Record cursive letters and download to PC for decoding.
Password by signature recognition Smart Note Taker.
Fig: 4.7 Display Technology
works by measuring the pen's movements and matching them to the movements that produce letters and words programmed into its memory. It's similar to the way a microphone detects sound. Consistency of handwriting, rather than neatness, is the only condition for accuracy.
There are 2 techniques used for this purpose:
1) Accelerometer technology
2) Handwriting recognition software
This technology uses a device called Accelerometer which is used for measuring motion. A tiny accelerometer in a pen could be used to detect the stops and starts, arcs and loop soft handwriting, and transmit this information to a small microprocessor that would make sense of it as text.
There's also the possibility of viewing a full page of text through a special monocular magnified "virtual" screen that could be built into the end of the pen.
Invisible writing in air is achieved through this unique technology called accelerometer that monitors hand movements and can also be used as a 'virtual hinge' to scroll around the small screen on theÂ pen and detect left or right- handed useIt records movement by using the earth's gravity system, whether you write on paper orÂ in the air.
Hence it is independent of surface used. Movements are stored within the Smart Note Taker. This information is transmitted on to a small microprocessor that would make sense of it as aÂ text displayed on the sleek built in screen.
Handwriting Recognition Software
This Â softwareÂ embedded Â in Â the Â microprocessor Â ofÂ the Â pen Â is Â used Â to Â recognize handwriting of the user. Pen works in conjunction with a regular PC on to which users install special handwriting recognition software. The handwriting recognition software translates movements in to text on screen. Handwriting recognition software constitutes two major phases:
1. Handwriting transcription
2. Handwriting recognition
In this phase, the recorded acceleration signals are then transcript to it's original form. Here this aspect is solved using 'simple' double integration method in order to retrace the pen tip movement on paper.
In order for this principle to work properly, we have to solve two main problems:
Firstly, we have to know pen's spatial orientation inÂ order to withdraw the earth gravity component to the measured accelerations.
Secondly,Â weÂ haveÂ toÂ succeedÂ inÂ theÂ doubleÂ integration,Â whichÂ isÂ toÂ solveÂ allÂ the derivation problems due to this method.
TheÂ secondÂ hugeÂ aspectÂ isÂ theÂ charactersÂ andÂ signaturesÂ recognition.Â TheÂ hardware (accelerometers plus contact detector) embedded in the pen has proved a really efficient combination for this application.
The same method is used to recognize the characters written by a single user and to find whose signature is the one that has just been done. We use a simple Euclidian distanceÂ as the comparison process, and of courseÂ the decision process.
Â Â Fig: 3.7.1Represents the acceleration signals recorded while one is writing a small capital B
The same method is used to recognize the characters written by a single user and to find whose signature is the one that has just been done. We use a simple Euclidian distanceÂ as the comparison process, and of courseÂ the decision process is the smaller distance found.
Organized Note-Taking Systems
There are a variety of different systems for taking notes - here's some information on how to do each one! Click on the Link at the end for more complete examples of each
The Charting Method
This is a way of taking notes for a confusing lecture which involves a lot of relationships, dialogue, comparisons and other connections between a lot of different areas. Make you paper into a set of columns with the main topics to be covered in your lecture written at the top of the sheet.
As the teacher covers each fact, write it into the correct column. This is a good method if you have a lot of information and not a lot of time to write, but you have to know what topics are going to be covered ahead of time, so that you can make your columns.
The Cornell Method
This is a way of adding extra information and "clues" to your notes without recopying the whole thing. Basically, you just leave a huge blank margin on the left or right side of your page, then add cues, hints, and extra information in the blank spaces.
When you study, you can cover up your notes and just look at the cues in the margin to see if you know the material.
The Outline Method
This is the one I usually recommend; it is a way of showing main facts and how they are related to one another. You can do a formal outline - the kind with numbers, letters, etc. - or just use the indented areas to show what goes underneath what category.
The major points or most important facts will be listed further toward the left-hand side of the page. Information which explains these facts, defines terms, or otherwise supports the main points will be listed underneath them and indented toward the right.
The Mapping Method
This is a visual method of taking notes, and involves making a map or diagram showing how all the information is connected.
It is a good way to keep up with a teacher who covers lots of information, or when you don't know exactly what the lecture will be about (such as a guest speaker). Instead of taking detailed notes, you just jot down the main points.
The Sentence Method
This is another way of handling a lecture with a lot of information. You just copy down the important information as the teacher speaks, writing each fact on a new line you do not actually have to write complete sentences so long as you get the important information down.
The best way to use this method is as a rough draft, because you have trouble reading through the mass of sentences later on when studying - use this method to get the information, then recopy it into an outline so that it makes more sense and is easier to study.
Show connections with arrows; circle important information; or any other visual way you want to remind yourself of the lecture and the information you learned. This method works best if you use it as a rough-draft, then recopy the information into an outline or list afterword for easier studying.
The system will try to improve a pen, which helps people get rid of typing problems on computer by the technology, which converts your handwriting to text format on your PC. Â
However, the technology provides opportunity to write on air, which means it, needs no any item toÂ convert the typing to your computer such asÂ 3D view.
Beside this, it can also be used like all other classical pens. Therefore, this device will increase the capacity of noting the texts, lessons and projects you work on.
One other fact that appears is similar products generally works in a way that they store the writing by memory systemsÂ andÂ directÂ theÂ dataÂ to computer.
WeÂ willÂ vanishÂ thisÂ timeÂ lagÂ byÂ usingÂ a technology that the data will be sent to PC directly not by stored.
It is sure it will be hard to eliminate the other products as our rivals, but our advantage in this market will be the properties of the device, which come to be its high mobility, versatile design and its ideal weight.
The device takes a practical extent since it offers high mobility. This property may seem useless at first side but the high mobility will help the teachers or individuals, who have dynamism as they do their jobs, by giving them opportunity to write anywhere.
On the other hand, the price of innovation will be reasonable for the sectors that can use it effectively in their business or lessons.