Of Notebooks and Pens

Maya Venkatraman is an Interaction Designer at Sun Microsystems. She started working in the area of Human Computer Interaction in graduate school, where she earned her Ph.D, and has been working in the industry for almost a decade, designing software that is easy to use.

I watched the amazing movie Pan's Laybrinth recently. I wandered over to the Pan's Laybrinth website (a webby award winner!) and found pictures of pages from the directors notebook. Apparently, he is in the habit of putting his thoughts into a journal. Years later in the midst of a project he will remember something he sketched that would be perfect for what he was currently creating. Take a look at this snapshot of the journal. Talk about content rich. Maybe I am a Luddite, but I just don't see someone being able to do this using, say a blackberry.

http://blogs.sun.com/realDesign/resource/notebook.png
Now if they had  a FlyTop  pen (or the more grownup version by Logitech) and the paper that goes with it - they would have best of both worlds. The flexibility of paper, combined with all the goodness of Digitality(tm). I stumbled onto this product about a year ago, and am surprised that it has not yet taken the world by storm. (...all it needs is a wireless chip..)

http://www.itreviews.co.uk/graphics/normal/hardware/h751.jpg Maybe sometime in the future, the notepad portlet/widget, will also connect to my physical notebook. Maybe I will be able to throw some of my web pages on to the wall or white board, and some to my real desktop (surface of four legged table). I could place my digital pen notebook on top of the notepad widget area, to upload the pages I have written. Maybe I am more of a Futurist than a Luddite.

 

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