Despite the increasing encroachment of technology into our daily lives, there are some things that will just not go away. Notwithstanding the best efforts of the brainiest boffins, itâ€™s sometimes the simplest most obvious approach that is most effective.
Pen and humble paper for instance, in spite of a myriad of handy technological alternatives, remains the most versatile (and cheapest) way of putting our thoughts down, taking notes, writing reminders, lists, exchanging phone numbers, filling forms in â€¦ and keeping ourselves occupied during boring meeting.
But the good old Bic and Post-it do have their drawbacks: you canâ€™t undo that rude doodle of your boss in the corner of your A4 pad, inspirational notes written down on scraps of paper and phone numbers for supermodels have a nasty habit of going missing, and unless youâ€™re very organised, finding stuff you wrote down any longer than a couple of weeks ago can prove to be a bit of a challenge.
Wouldnâ€™t it be nice if you could take the best that pen and paper has to offer and marry it with the convenience of digital?
Itâ€™s something that technology companies have increasingly been looking to do of late. Weâ€™ve already seen widespread use of touch screen and stylus technology on PDAs, tablet PCs and designersâ€™ graphics pads, but the latest generation of â€˜digital inkâ€™ products from ACECAD and Logitech aim to take the technology one step further. They attempt to make paper and pen â€˜digitalâ€™, allowing you to scribble away while they record what you write down.
So is it finally time to put that spiral pad a ball-point out to pasture? Read on and find out for yourself.