James Fallows, a writer with the magazine the Atlantic, is an outspoken advocate of the livescribe pulse pen. I’ll be the first to admit that I am a little behind on the times, but I can’t believe that I have been able to overlook this product for as long as I have. An indispensable tool for students, journalists, and writers alike, this pen records audio and matches it to the things that you write down in a livescribe notebook. This would enable a student to more effectively listen to a lecture without the fear of missing any vital information while taking down notes. The pen and notebook combo allows you to just write down “interesting” or “important” and then later find the audio that corresponds. While I haven’t yet had the privilege of using this pen myself, I cant wait to try it out.