OK, so you use all sorts of modern technology in your company meetings- teleconferencing software, PowerPoint with lots of plug-ins, maybe even WebEX access for staffers or key customers who can’t be on-premise for the meeting.
But why, then, do you assign someone to record your meeting using pen and paper? It’s not that tools don’t exist for recording your meeting. Why this old-fashioned way of archiving what was shown and said?
Computerworld’s Mike Elgan suggests this is largely a result of corporate “cultural habits” plus a lack of will that this practice should change.
But then Mike points out that breaking this mold is easy, and better yet, is inexpensive.Mike suggests digital pens, which can produce scribbles that can be deciphered into machine-readable text by handwriting-recognition software. Examples he cites are the $149.99 Logitech io2 Digital Pen or the Nokia Digital Pen SU-1B (price not listed).
Another choice: digital notepads that work like tablet PCs and can be synched up to your desktop for interpretation of notes that are taken down during the meeting via stylus.
Finally, there’s the option of integrating whiteboard scribbles with your camera phone, and then combining the media.