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Senstone: The Recorder That Understands You

How is a smart voice recorder ‘smart’, exactly? It is a perfectly natural question; after all, plenty of things are claimed to be ‘smart’ these days: cars, TVs, houses, watches, light bulbs, et cetera. So when you see a recorder labelled ‘smart’, the picture in your head is vague at best.

In this article, we are going to look at Senstone, a smart wearable recorder with an unusual design. The questions we are going to answer are: what are the features that make it stand out among the crowd? How is it actually smart? What is the vision behind the features Senstone has and what do they bring to the table?

Without a doubt, the most noticeable feature of Senstone is that, unlike most recording devices, it processes your recordings and organises them into a system. It does store the audio files, too, but they are just the tip of the iceberg, and the most interesting things happen in the app itself. In a way, Senstone makes ‘smart’ in its description refreshingly literal.

At its core Senstone is built around the system of natural language processing (NLP) – complex structures of algorithms specifically programmed to process and make sense of human language. The most well-known examples of NLP at work would be AI assistants that accept voice input like Siri and Alexa. Natural language processing is the very thing that lets Senstone build the deeper understanding of its user’s linguistic habits and transcribe the recordings.

For every voice entry, Senstone automatically creates a transcript that can be viewed and modified via the app. The accuracy of speech-to-text conversion holds up to the scrutiny and stands at 95% or higher – it is just as accurate as Siri.

As the transcript is being created, artificial intelligence inspects the text for accidental mistakes and irregularities, acting as an autocorrect. The AI also breaks the text into sentences and paragraphs, taking care of the syntax. Ideally, you would not have to edit anything at all unless you wanted to add a remark or expand on a topic. Editing can be done in the app.

As a part of its NLP, Senstone uses advanced semantic speech processing technology which takes into account the minute details of how users communicate their thoughts: the most frequently used words, sentence structure, favourite expressions and phrases. Capable of learning and self-improvement, the AI matches every incoming sentence and its parts to the patterns it has already learned and makes corrections where necessary.

This is the way Senstone learns – from experience. As you keep using Senstone, the artificial intelligence learns and improves further and further. Basically, what you get can be called a personal smart voice assistant.

Another feature worth mentioning is a personal dictionary. Again, it can be accessed from the Senstone app. The dictionary lets you add new words, such as particularly rare proper nouns or technical terms, to the list for AI to process and recognise. This ensures that Senstone will be translating the words into text properly and not attempt to correct them into something statistically more common.

The personal dictionary will be especially useful for health care workers, university students, writers, and other professionals who tend to make heavy use of specialised terms. It is intended as yet another option to create personalised experience and make interactions with Senstone as streamlined as possible.

One more interesting feature is entry tagging.

Senstone app allows for #conventional #tags as well as geotags, also known as location tagging. The tags can be added and edited at any time, and multiple tags can be applied to a single entry. The option is rather flexible, and this means you can set up a custom labelling system where some tags overlap, essentially sorting recordings by topic and/or location.

Regarding software, the final major advantage of Senstone is connectivity. It connects to the cloud to make back-ups, it syncs with your phone’s OS, and both audio recordings and transcripts are easy to share via social networks or basic copy & paste. Minimalistic and robust infrastructure makes it simple to distribute recordings quickly and efficiently.

In general, built-in tagging, highlights, time stamps, sharing options, and robust search functionality come together to create a system that can be tweaked and modified to anyone’s personal liking. Senstone certainly has a lot to offer, and personalisation is one of its strengths.

When it comes to hardware, Senstone takes on the ergonomic approach. The recorder is a wearable device the size of a button, shaped to resemble a fashionable accessory rather than a gadget. Since Senstone is designed as a personal voice recorder, it is recommended that users clip it to their collar or wear it as a pendant around their neck. A miniature LED light prevents stealth recording by giving a flash every time you start using the recorder.

To start a new recording, the user taps the device. There is only one button. Apart from it, Senstone has no other buttons, wires, or screens. Once the recording starts, the device responds to voice commands; other than that, settings, entries, and other features are accessible from the app.

Audio recordings in the MP3 format are stored in the cloud and on the user’s phone. Up to 2.5 hours of audio can be stored without access to the phone, and Senstone has no issues working offline.

The reason for Senstone completely hands-free is the productivity-based philosophy behind its creation.

Advocating focus and efficiency, Senstone refuses to accept keyboard as the default input method and treats manual recording – all of it, including touch screens – as a thing of the past which has been made obsolete by the current advances in speech recognition. Senstone defines itself as a tool to eliminate distractions and improve the productivity of its user, but the bigger picture of its vision is the future where voice and not text is the skeleton key to human–computer interactions.

All of the above contributes to the image of Senstone as a smart voice recorder, and it fits the definition of ‘smart’ tech. Following the trend for wearable devices, it offers portability, as well as accurate voice processing and rich functionality.

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Voice Input Takes Over?

Is voice-to-text the next big revolution in how we communicate with computers? From typewriters to keyboards to voice input – the way we punch in lines of text is not set in stone, far from it.

Today grocery shopping accounts for more than 20% of voice-based orders, and over 60% of smartphone users have used voice search at least once in the past 12 months [Top Voice Search Statistics For 2020].

Of course, the extent to which we use voice commands now would not be possible even ten years ago, but advances in audio recording and speech recognition make this dream come true. The science fiction we all have seen in film just 10 years ago, with people ordering lights to twenty percent and asking their AI butler to reschedule that one meeting tomorrow, has become reality.

And so, in the world where a recorder app for Android can do what used to be a job for a squad of secretaries, can we expect a shift from typing to voice control? Are we going to see more screen free devices? Are we going to ditch keyboards altogether eventually?

First of all, a shift of sorts is already happening. You are probably familiar with assistants like Alexa and Siri – if you do not own one, you have at least heard about them – who set the current standard for human to machine communication. Their usefulness comes not only from artificial intelligence but also from the fact that you are not bound to the keyboard while using them.

Secondly, there are areas – like note-taking and planning – where the keyboard is (or used to be) a necessary type of evil. Sure, it’s better than pen and paper but not quite there yet. And recorders like Senstone aim to bridge that gap, giving their users the freedom of expression without the crutch that is typing and without having to sacrifice function.

Next, we should also mention the very practical advantages of voice-to-text over buttons and manual controls. To name but a few:

  • Speed. Our fingers, no matter how fast we type, cannot keep up with the thoughts as they are formed. By the time we write something down, it is often distorted; not to mention typing letters takes way more time than simple dictation.

  • Accessibility. Are you behind the wheel, driving to work? Are you having a meeting at the office? Perhaps, you are working and cannot let yourself get distracted by phones and screens? A voice assistant is there to pick up anything you toss its way.

  • It is good for the mind. Our brain perceives and retains spoken information much, much better than what we read or see. Besides, the old rule of ‘if you want to learn something, teach it to somebody’ can apply here as well, since you essentially express your thoughts, give them shape and make them understood – even if the only person who is going to read your notes is the future you.

Naturally, there will be some cases where old-fashioned buttons or even handwriting would be more efficient or appropriate – for example, in settings where you have to keep silent. But just like typing has not replaced writing, voice will not make keyboards go the way of dodo. What we can hope for is a mostly keyboard-free environment, with keyboards used as occasional backup.

If you want to start living the future right here, right now, visit our home page and experience it first-hand with Senstone, a smart voice recorder that understands you. For news and updates, subscribe to our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Good luck!

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Focus, Productivity, and Audio Notes

Conventional notes are not the be-all and end-all – a wearable voice recorder can be of much greater help when it comes to productivity and getting things done. It achieves what no phone or notebook has ever been able to offer: uninterrupted focus, zero distractions, and immense contribution to your efficiency.

How to stay focused and productivity 

Contrary to popular belief, a garden variety notes app is actually not as effective as advertised. Sure, you have the to-do list and some memos jotted down, but the devil is in the details, and the details hide in our own mind.

In and of itself, the idea of note taking is pretty clever in that it exploits the inherent features of the human brain. Notes let us remember what we might have forgotten otherwise, but they also free up our “working memory”. In other words, we can store important information for later use elsewhere and move on. Arguably, this is the most important benefit and the entire purpose of notes. Out of sight, out of mind. Nobody would want to have to mentally recite a list of groceries while working on a project due tomorrow!

But when we start using an audio recorder or a notes app, we are expected to follow a very specific sequence – and not just expected, it is the only way to go about the whole thing! Step by step; look for your phone or recorder, take it in your hand, look at it, press some buttons or tap the screen a few times, bring up the recording menu, press the big red button, speak, press the button again, figure out where to put the recorder again… Unfortunately, the very first step ruins our mind’s attempt at deep work, not to mention that we might get stuck browsing something completely unrelated (few people can resist a compilation of cat videos).

And yet, studies reveal that checking your phone for as little as a second has a huge effect on memorisation and focus. Every time you do it, your brain has to start paying attention all over again. It gets old pretty quick, and productivity takes a plunge.

The good news is that some gadgets – namely, wearable recorders – can help you take notes and remain concentrated, with no downsides.

Senstone is a perfectly screen free audio recorder, so you do not need to look away from your work to start recording – just tap a button clipped to your collar.

The audio is then automatically transcribed and processed to weed out any spelling errors. What you get is the liberating effect of note taking, the information you recorded, and your concentration intact – and somewhere along the way you realise you can have your cake and eat it too.

As more and more people grow aware of the impact of multitasking and constant distraction, we are here to provide an easy way to reach unprecedented levels of efficiency. We believe technology is a force for good – as long as it understands your strengths and helps you along.

For more posts on productivity and voice recording, check our blog.

Good luck and stay sharp!

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A Concise History of Podcasting

According to the statistics provided by Google, more and more people search “how to start a podcast”. Be it the US, Nigeria, Australia, or Canada – podcasting seems to grow more and more popular worldwide.

In no small part due to the accessibility of podcasting equipment, a podcast can be recorded by virtually anyone in 2020. All the more astonishing is the fact that podcasting is a fairly recent invention – it has only been 16 years since the release of the very first specialised program and about 40 years since the idea started to take root.

Before there was internet access in every phone and podcasting software available to any and all, you could subscribe to services which would let you receive audio files. Back then the internet used to be the Wild West of tech, and so it did not take long until the advent of what was essentially independent podcasting.

Internet Talk Radio, launched in 1993, famously distributed its broadcasts “as audio files that computer users fetch one by one” and called this mode of distribution “asynchronous radio” – anyone could pause the broadcast and skip the parts they were not interested in. As witty as the name was, it did not catch on.

Modern podcasting can be attributed to Adam Curry and Dave Winer, who set it into motion in 2004. A former MTV employee, Curry came up with the idea to release downloadable audio files online like one would release episodes of a show. Winer wrote iPodder – a program that allowed him to automatically download broadcasts of various internet radio stations to his iPod. That same year, the word “podcast” (“broadcast for iPod”) first appeared in an article by Ben Hammersby in the Guardian.

The format blew up, and it took very little time for podcasting to become popular. Everyone could – and still can! – find a broadcast to their taste, from science and education to politics and comedy. Dave Winer went on to contribute to the development of RSS feed and other media distribution software, and Adam Curry founded a podcasting promotion company. He still hosts one of the most viewed podcasts on the net.

The popularity of podcasting should not come as a surprise. You need a camera and actors to film movies, you need an instrument and a very specific skill set to become an artist, and you need tools and years of persistence to create art. But if you are brimming with ideas and want the world to hear them loud and clear, you can just grab a recorder and start right away!

While some podcast creators prefer their own home studios, the majority uses portable recorders (in the broadest sense of the word). Conventional digital recorders, smartphones, wearables like Senstone – the number of opportunities is staggering.

If you are looking for advice on how to start a podcast, know this: you are automatically spared the pain of deals and paperwork – unless, of course, you want to go official (podcasting is a constantly growing industry, after all). There is very little regulation, and amateur podcasts can be hosted on the internet under the Creative Commons license. Everyone is equal before the listener, and anyone can find their own audience, even if they are on a different continent altogether.

To those of you who want to delve into podcasting, we wish good luck and all the inspiration, and to the more experienced folk we want to say: stay creative.

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A Secret to Better Rest, how to sleep better?

There is no way around the fact that screens interfere with our sleep, and screen free devices are a welcome development.

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Still, a lot of people do not believe they can improve sleep quality and consider clicking away on their phone in the dark a harmless habit. “If millions do it, then it is not so bad, is it?” But science says otherwise. There is even an entire field, called somnology, dedicated to the study of sleep and sleep disorders.

While we still do not know exactly how sleep works and why it evolved in the first place, the impact of screens on our eyes and sleep patterns has been the subject of many successful studies.

We know, both scientifically and from experience, that the screens of our phones, TVs, and computers emit bright artificial light. This type of light delays our internal clock and sends circadian rhythms in our brain into disarray. While the sky outside is dark, the light shining in front of our eyes creates the impression of a sunny day – and there are few more efficient ways to disrupt your sleep schedule.

Nighttime exposure to bright light suppresses the production of melatonin – a hormone that acts as a cue for our body to go to sleep. While the fact that blue light produced by our electronic devices blocks out melatonin production is almost common knowledge these days, people who rely on the night mode to avoid its negative effects might be sorely disappointed. According to a recent study, warm light is just as bad for sleep, if not more!

How to get better sleep?

The most popular and obvious recommendation is the so-called “digital curfew”: two hours before you retire to bed, all screens in your house should go dark. While it does work, many of us cannot afford those two hours without electronic devices. Businesspeople, content creators, and anyone who needs to stay connected around the clock might feel like they have to make a (rather inefficient) sacrifice to have a good night’s sleep.

The solution is to use a screen free device. It does not emit light, and you do not have to deny yourself productivity during the late hours – especially if you are an owl type person.

For those who record their daily progress and take notes, there is a range of options to improve sleep quality: from AI assistants like Alexa to portable, wearable recorders like Senstone. They let you stay productive without even touching your phone – and with zero exposure to screen light. You might also notice you wake up with your eyes rested, which is another benefit of a screen free environment.

Of course, digital curfew is not the only condition necessary for good sleep. If your schedule is shaky and ever-changing and you rarely ever get those seven or eight hours of sleep, you might want to go a bit further and develop a habit of retiring to bed earlier and/or around the same time every evening.

Regardless, screen free gadgets will help you remain both proactive and well-rested. This is the case where technology balances out its own disadvantages, and you can have things done while technically staying on digital curfew.

For more blog posts on productivity and the benefits of wearable devices, click here. If you want to learn more about Senstone, visit our home page.

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The Best Voice Assistant Comes From the Future

You cannot revolutionize a voice assistant, can you? Most people are so used to the image of a dictaphone or a phone app doing the recording that they almost never expect something completely different from the ordinary handheld devices. Meanwhile, technology has gone beyond common audio recorders, and the image of a recorder, let’s say, 50 years from now is going to be very different from what we are used to now.

As innovative as Senstone is in terms of redefining what a voice assistant is, it still falls into a pattern, a trend that we can have been able to see for quite some time. It’s the trend for portable smart gadgets, and it is going to be huge.

The future is bright for wearable technology, and even today we can also see significant advances in flexible electronics. As gadgets get smaller and smaller each year and the computers more diverse and powerful, we can see the tendency towards specialisation and more screen free solutions. This potentially means the wearable tech which is going to be built into our clothes or into flexible objects like bracelets or accessories, and this tech is going to have to be as unobtrusive as common clothes, or customers will find it lacking.

The speech to text technology is going to be just as standard a practice as typing is now. We might even expect voice commands to replace the conventional keyboard, especially for business and creative environments. This would mean faster results and quicker response time.

Unsurprisingly, another probable development has everything to do with artificial intelligence. We can safely say that soon AI and machine learning is going to be present pretty much everywhere in computer technology. Senstone can make educated guesses and predict the flow of words to better record its users’ conversational speech already; ten years ago that was nearly impossible. Based on advances in NLP (natural language processing), if the progress with artificial intelligence continues at the current rate, we might have 100-percent accuracy for natural language in our sights already. No doubt this is going to change audio recording forever.

The fact that you can ask “what is the best AI voice assistant” is an achievement in and of itself. Senstone can boast full AI integration: it governs all recording, spell-checking, and processing. Making sure you stay on top of things, the artificial intelligence behind Senstone is the same as used by Siri and Alexa, honed to perceive and understand your conversational speech.

Finally, we can judge and predict based on our own experience with the voice assistant community. By now people are tired of compartmentalising everything into multiple apps, even if the apps are connected with each other. They expect instant productivity, and they want their devices smart and customisable. Expectations dictate the direction of the market and research. And so we expect our devices to become our personal assistants, taking care of things and streamlining the boring, repetitive tasks.

Following the trends and keeping up with the newest discoveries, Senstone is much closer to what our grandkids are going to use in a few decades than what we use now.

Where the old-fashioned recorders fail, Senstone picks up and does a great job, giving you the advantage of future technology like no time traveller ever had.

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How a Wearable Voice Recorder Can Help You Focus

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A wearable voice recorder is not just a tool. In many ways, it is different not only from a conventional voice recording device but also from smartphones and tablets – and we are not talking about physical appearance or even specific functions here. What we mean is the world of difference between a device that demands your attention and one that saves you time.

Every piece of technology takes some getting used to, and after we buy a voice recorder there is always the brief period when we have to double-check if we pressed the right button. However, pretty soon the process becomes automatic and we no longer register it as a sequence of multiple steps. As our minds tend to do with all day-to-day rituals, we perceive it as a single action and take the distraction very matter-of-factly.

In reality, we spend too much time going through the motions which can be streamlined, and they add up to hours of wasted focus, interruption upon interruption.

It comes as no surprise the state of flow, or deep focus, is such a rare beast these days. You might say voice recording is supposed to break our concentration, that there is no way to make it a part of the flow – but Senstone proves the opposite true.

It takes less than one second to fire up a wearable voice recorder – all without taking your eyes away from the task at hand.

It takes anywhere from 9 to 40 seconds to start the audio recording app on your phone, and it might take even more if you are not sure where you put the phone to begin with. Looking for your phone or recorder, switching it on and/or entering the password, looking for the app, pressing the buttons, recording, then pressing more buttons, putting away the phone… And on, and on, all over again. This does not work for people who would like to remain focused for exactly as long as they need it – and the efforts to make it work are futile.

The Deep Work Hypothesis: The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare, and at the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. … the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive. – Cal Newport

Since recording with Senstone is very much like speaking aloud and all entries are safely stored to be accessed later, Senstone might be a suitable assistant even for those who attempt the so-called ‘digital detox’ or practise mindfulness. Usually when you opt for using a digital recorder, you agree to more screen time and exposure to media, but this is not the case with Senstone at all.

We believe Senstone is a step in the right direction not only for voice recorders, but for devices in general.

Right now when we seek entertainment and distraction, we know our tech is here to provide what we want. But long attention span and intense concentration is rarely associated with technology – and this has to change. We do not face a quandary or an “either – or” case here; we do not have to sacrifice advantages. All we need is a different perspective, and Senstone makes it reality.

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The Only Thing Senstone Users Care About

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What defines the best lapel microphone is its efficiency and reliability with AI backed software. Most of the time, it’s not enough to simply record a note to self, as it’s only the tip of the iceberg. After the audio is stored in the cloud, it better not just sit there. When you pick up the recorder, you should expect to get more than an audio track.

So the short answer is: users care about speech-to-text quality.

Early attempts at speech to text technology were wobbly like the very first steps of a baby. Since then, it has grown and learned how to run and leap. Things that would have been deemed impossible a few years ago are taken for granted by pretty much everyone, and the progress shows no signs of stopping.

We have made it our mission to deliver Senstone users the most advanced experience in speech-to-text conversion to date. Senstone records good quality audio and translates it into text on the fly, storing it alongside the respective AMR/WAV recording. This way you’ll never miss a memo.

The transcript is automatically spell-checked by artificial intelligence. Apart from the standard functionality where the AI makes sure the individual words are spelled correctly, Senstone is now being trained to weed out any and all grammatical blunders. Your transcript will need a few edits to expand on a subject or insert a remark, but you’ll never find a stray spelling mistake or jumbled word order. The text will good to go right off the bat. We call it “enhanced notes”.

Sounds good? Sure it does!

But wait, it gets even better.

With Senstone, not only can you convert speech to text, but you’ll get a true digital assistant. The more you’ll use it  the more our backend grows accustomed to your unique speech patterns and words you tend to use most often.

Do you often use proper nouns even Wikipedia knows little about? Do you make heavy use of technical terms? Tired of correcting the autocorrected name on your phone? You won’t see Senstone make these mistakes. 

Your vocabulary is stored as a personal dictionary which you can view and edit at your leisure. Basically, you can fine-tune the recorder to suit your personal style.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

 – Arthur C. Clarke

What we are trying to achieve is a perfectly seamless experience; no mediators between you and your fulfilled expectations. You expect magic – you get magic, no in-betweens. We love it when you refuse to lower the bar!

You can buy a premium subscription now and gain access to the full benefits of working with Senstone. The subscription plan is flexible, and you can cancel any time if you want.

We offer three types of subscription:

  •         monthly
  •         quarterly
  •         six months

Everyone will get 30 notes / month of enhanced quality notes for English language. Our offer includes 100 notes on top of first 30 with access to all the advanced features of the digital assistant. Power of the AI and intelligent processing at your fingertips: automatic spelling and punctuation checking, reliable voice-to-text transcription, personal dictionary, tagging and highlights, private nouns recognition, sharing options, and many more will help you get the most out of Senstone.

If you want to learn more, visit the home page of this website or subscribe to our newsletter. And mark April 20 in your calendars as the day when you start getting perfect notes with Senstone.

Good luck!

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Senstone vs Notepad App

A wearable voice recorder, or a mere notion of it, may incite the pictures of lapel microphones or spy gadgets in our imagination, but very few people would imagine a device like Senstone. A labour of love supported by thousands of backers on Kickstarter, it is as futuristic as it is innovative.

The device itself looks like a decorative button. Intended to be clipped to a collar or worn as a pendant, it is perfectly hands- and screen-free. You can start recording by a single tap on the device. All audio is processed and then transcribed into a text document.

What we are especially interested in, however, is the Senstone app – the ‘home quarters’ where all recordings can be viewed and managed to match your preferences. 

As it is, we have decided to compare Senstone App to a typical Notepad App to see which one is better and test whether Senstone is as good as it has been described to us by a couple of resident geeks and productivity enthusiasts.

Let’s start.

Round 1: Speech to Text.

Senstone: option present. Transcription is automatic; the resulting text is processed by the AI, spell checked, grouped into sentences and paragraphs, and saved in the app.

Notepad: option unavailable.

Senstone – Notepad: 1 : 0

Round 2: Design.

Minimalism and intuitive UI is the golden standard for recording apps and time management products. All our contestants possess the clear, distinct interface we expect from productivity tools. Each option is exactly what it says on the tin, and the general design is both aesthetically pleasing and unobtrusive.

This round is even.

Senstone – Notepad: 2 : 1

Round 3: Organisation and Output Management.

The absolute majority of notepad apps are incapable of audio recording, so we can only speak of file management in general.

For Senstone, both MP3 files containing user’s audio recordings and their transcripts are initially stored in the cloud accessed from the app. You can download the files; you can also rename, copy, or delete them, as well as apply tags to organise your notes into groups and edit the transcripts however you wish.

Similar to Senstone, Notepad has the basic standard features like saving, editing, search, et cetera. However, it lacks the tagging system, which does nothing to streamline file organisation. Some notepads do have prioritization but it seems limited in comparison.

Another feature, important enough to warrant a separate paragraph, is the personal dictionary. While Notepad has no such functionality, we think the feature, present in Senstone, is extremely useful.

Senstone – Notepad: 3 : 1

Round 4: Export and Sharing.

The most basic form of export is the copy and paste functionality present in any smartphone. It works for text notes and transcripts but exporting audio can be a little tricky.

When it comes to sharing files between users or apps, Senstone wins in all respects: you can quickly mark the last week entries and share them via WhatsApp, Telegram, or another messenger of choice, or send them to email in a matter of seconds.

Senstone – Notepad: 4 : 1

Round 5, Final: Convenience and Price/Quality Ratio.

You can buy premium subscription and gain access to the full range of features offered by the Senstone assistant, with the option to cancel any time. Monthly, quarterly, and half year subscription plans are available. No ads.

Notepad apps, on the other hand, can boast neither of the advantages. The free ones are usually overflowing with ads and lack all but the most basic features. They might be a quick and dirty alternative to a scrap of paper but little more.

Senstone – Notepad: 5 : 1

And so, Senstone app wins! A clean sweep if there is one.

We hope you have found this little contest as engaging as we did. The world of productivity apps is certainly growing more diverse as developers invent more and more ingenious ways to improve on the concept.

Stay tuned for more. Stay sharp.

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How Lapel Microphones Transform Productivity

Involved in production of media know that the black button mounted on somebody’s tie is but a tip of the iceberg. In its true form, a lavalier microphone, or lav, is a tangled mess of wires beneath the speaker’s clothes. Its transmitter can be found anywhere on a person, from their back under the shirt, to the inside of their thigh, or even smartly fixed on their shoe (no, really). A technical necessity for media workers, it all seems rather unusual to an outsider – the microphones we’re used to are confined to phones and recorders.

Benefits of Lapel Microphones: 

The main advantage to using a lapel mic is that you can move around however you wish while wearing it, getting the best from both worlds. This powerful principle, brilliant in its simplicity, has been working for media speakers for almost a century, so why can’t we apply it in our day to day life?

And the answer is: we are getting there.

The same way lav mics had transformed a reporter’s life in the thirtieth, wearable wireless tech has been revolutionizing recording for millions of businesspeople who need the efficiency of a lapel microphone but reject the inconvenient wiring.

How to use lapel microphone

Wearable recorders, such as Senstone, use a smartphone in place of the conventional transmitter and Bluetooth for cords. Just like a lav, Senstone can be mounted onto the lapel or a collar, or even passed for a pendant. It’s accessible, extremely user-friendly, and doesn’t require technical expertise.

So how can lapel microphones impact the productivity of a busy person? Are they only reserved for reporters?

One often cited example is the study conducted in the 80s at the Cornell University. The seemingly insignificant factor of whether the speaker could move their hands during presentation turned out to drastically improve retention of information.

In our everyday life, where we mostly record things for our ears only and relatively few people present public speeches on regular basis, a wireless, portable lapel recorder can be no less valuable than a lav mic is to your average TV anchor.

How come? The reasons are simple and relatable. Some of them:

  • Both your hands are free
  • No wires and ports
  • No more of the ‘find the phone – see notifications – get distracted’
  • Smooth workflow
  • Fewer screens and buttons

Also, if you take Senstone, there is the tempting option of dictation via the speech-to-text technology which effectively transforms the recorder into a personal assistant. This makes it much easier to monitor progress and take stock of your general efficiency, as well as allows for backups and flexible file management. Recordings can be tagged, shuffled around, shared and edited on the fly – and nothing affects productivity quite as much as the sheer speed of data transmission.

As we can see when we look at the current trends in audio recording devices, the market is growing more diverse, and it has come a long way from tape recorders and unwieldy “portable” microphones to lapel mics and portable assistants which are all designed to make sound recording as easy and casual as one tap of a button. All associated benefits to workplace productivity leave no doubt that wearable gadgets are here to stay, and they keep getting better and better. If you are looking to improve your efficiency and focus, this is one of the directions you are going to find interesting and rather refreshing.

We hope you have a nice day! Stay tuned for more.