Papershow is a new presentation device that I’ve had the opportunity to preview and test out. Papershow is basically a package that comprises a bluetooth pen device and a USB memory stick/bluetooth dongle that pair together and work with a pad of ‘digital paper’ (paper with a grid on to enable the motion tracking) that’s included in the pack.
The idea is that Papershow substitutes for a whiteboard, flip chart or traditional minute taking, making it easy to convey ideas during the meeting, save the results and share them after the event. This functionality will be familiar to those who have electronic smartboards, but this new technology is much cheaper and can be used wherever you can take a laptop or have a computer/projector system provided at your meeting/conference venue.
Basically, what you do is write on the digital paper pad with the special bluetooth enabled motion tracking pen, that allows you to write, draw and use the icons on the side of the paper to select drawing options as needed, much like you would using a drawing tool on your computer. What you write and draw on the pad is then transmitted and displayed on the screen (or projector) in real-time.
The package also contains some separate blank sheets for printing onto – you can import images or PowerPoint presentations into the Papershow program, which can then be printed onto the provided paper and you can then write notes etc onto it and have then show up on screen.
Having tested it out on my HTPC and large screen LCD TV, I’m really quite impressed in how well this system works in practice having used other meeting and presentation devices in the past – in this case I think it could definitely be of benefit. It’s perhaps not ideal for use in every style of presentation or meeting, but certainly in many situations where whiteboards are used for brainstorming sessions etc. – No more getting up and standing by the whiteboard, everyone can remain seated round the table and simply pass round the Papershow pen and paper.
From my experience of using Papershow, it was very easy to set up, simply plug in the USB dongle and it will then install the necessary drivers, it runs the actual application software from the USB dongle – so you don’t need to be concerned with uninstalling software afterwards. You take the lid off the bluetooth Papershow pen (to turn it on), it pairs up the devices and you’re ready to go!
Overall, I think Papershow is a handy alternative to flipcharts/whiteboards, expensive smartboards and confusion over traditional meeting minutes.