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Using the Livescribe Pen for Usability Studies


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Using the Livescribe Pen for Usability Studies

  1. 1. Using the LiveScribe Pen for Usability NotesPrepared by:Daniel Berlin – Experience Research DirectorSeptember 21, 2011UPA Boston Lightning Talks
  2. 2. Today’s Presentation• What does it do?• Notes on taking notes• Other features• Challenges• Demonstration 2
  3. 3. What does it do? • Records audio while you take notes •  That’s basically it • Why is this so handy for usability researchers? •  Capturing quotes and video Rec/Pause/Stop Bookmark Playback speed - Control recording - Mark the audio for later review - Umm… playback speed - Usefulness: 100% - Usefulness: 50% - Usefulness: 85% - Start/stop sessions - Prefer written bookmark - Good for fast talkersMenu Controls Jump Jump to position Volume- Navigate the on-pen - Skip 10 seconds - Quasi-scrubber - Pen volumemenus - Usefulness: 50% - Usefulness: 0% (not recording volume)- Usefulness: 30% - Rarely listen from pen - Prefer to click on text - Usefulness: 100%- Rarely use on-pen menus - Mute your pen! 3
  4. 4. Notes on taking notesThere is Yesh: Hebrew for “there is”- it’s just quickerFinding- Big star stands out whenskimming notesQuote marker and scrubber - Prefer to not move my pen to the bottom ofthe page to add a bookmark - Line creates your own scrubber for the quote 4
  5. 5. Other features• Creates a “Pencast PDF” •  Writing follows the audio, just like in the LiveScribe software, but in a PDF• Connects to Evernote (yay!) and Facebook (who cares?) •  Need a premium Evernote account to upload large files (boo!) •  Shares “Pencasts” on Facebook• Obligatory iPhone & iPad app •  Used to view Pencasts, including those published by others 5
  6. 6. Challenges• Well, you’ve all seen my handwriting now •  Not fun to spend more than a few minutes trying to discern a sentence• Pen ink doesn’t last •  Refills are small, but readily available •  Only rollerball tips are available• Have to write on the microdotted paper •  But, you can print your own 6
  7. 7. Demonstration 7
  8. 8. Contact Info• @banderlin•• SpeakerRate: 8