There can be no arguing that a wearable voice recorder is a huge step up from a common hand-held recorder. If only for the fact that it is far more convenient, this device is a remarkable example of rapid advancement in technology we consider commonplace. It’s hard not to notice: there is, for example, Senstone, and then there are all other recorders.
A wearable dictation undermines the notion that the phone is good for anything, because this is where phones fail to deliver what people expect. A phone is a means to contact somebody instantly – compared to face-to-face communication or, heavens forbid, sending letters over great distances. And yet, it takes more time to whip up your smartphone than to activate the recorder clipped to your collar.
When talking about time, there is one more issue a voice first assistant is trying to tackle, and it is no less than the issue of productivity.
Being a hands free wearable helps the device feel less like another gadget and more like an extension of a productivity app – one which would react without you touching the smartphone.
The screenfree approach and the philosophy behind it is something out of the ordinary, too. Rather than throw the baby out with the bath water, it takes on a different point of view: instead of refusing yourself access to a technology, why not redefine it according to the tenets of mindfulness?
Indeed, a wearable voice recorder does help the wearer focus by simply being there. One click doesn’t bother the flow of ideas, and no buttons or bright pictures divert attention from the process of thinking or work. There is no way to absent-mindedly switch to another tab and fall down the rabbit hole of answering emails or checking the comments under that cat video suggested by YouTube, because there’s no screen.
Take Senstone as a prime example. This recorder can be worn as a pendant like in the spy movies, and it can be a fashionable button-like accessory on your coat. Delving into the technicalities, it’s powered by a battery and connects with the phone to transmit transcripts, audio, and the data about the status of the device (battery percentage, etc.) via the Bluetooth link.
Overall, this emerging type of recorders, with their modern focus on synchronisation, flexibility, and personalisation, is bringing the much-needed fresh air to where the older technology did not have the faculties to race the times – and physical faculties at that. Not unlike optical disks versus memory sticks, wearable gadgets appear to be repeating history. For now, they are slowly emerging as an alternative, something unusual and curious. There is no telling how the silent competition between the old and the new goes this time, but efficiency tends to win when it comes to innovation. Being the definition of fast and efficient, wearable tech seems to be the safe bet.