A little longer than I care to admit I was sent a new presentation gadget Papershow to trial and blog about. Well after looking at the box under a massive pile of paper on my desk for a few weeks and a new business pitch on the horizon decided I would give it a go and boy, am I glad that I did. This gadget is very cool.
I had looked on the website which shows the demo above showing a chap drawing on a pad of paper with an actual pen and everything you see on the pad appears on the computer screen and ultimately beamed onto the wall. When I told some of my colleagues about this they couldn’t believe that it would actually work in this way as fast as shown on the clip. They were wrong.
It is incredibly easy to set up, you literally pop the dongle into your laptop/PC and away you go. You simply draw or write on the pad and as you do, it automatically appears on the screen. The pad of paper you receive has a series of symbols down the right hand side which if you tap the pen on, allows you to change the thickness of the pen, the colour of the ink, delete lines or create perfect shapes. All very impressive and easy to use.
The range is also excellent – you don’t have to be positioned right beside the dongle. In fact this is one of the nice features as it is possible to pass the pad around the room or even allow you to stroll around the room while you write. A feature my boss particularly likes as he doesn’t like to sit still during a presentation.
For those of you who have used flip charts will also be pleased to know that you can save each page directly onto the computer and it is easy to scroll back and forth through the pages should you choose.
An additional feature I have not had a chance yet to play with is the ability to print out PowerPoint presentations onto its paper and as you run through the slides you can then circle around or highlight points you are discussing.
As you may gather, I love this gadget and am quite upset that I have to send it back to them but will definitely be making sure Berkeley buy one when they are finally available. When it is available you will be able to get your hands on one for around £99.99 excluding VAT and Papershow expect it to be available from www.datamind.co.uk and www.paperiq.com from mid-October, then all leading office stationery suppliers from January.