The Livescribe Pulse smartpen is on the verge of getting smarter with new applications. The electronic pen records everything you write, and with a tap, will record audio as well. For client interviews and meetings, that can be incredibly useful.

Developers have caught onto the pen, and over 6,500 developers have downloaded the software necessary to create their own apps. Among the most promising is a language translation application. Set the pen to Spanish, write the word “please,” and the pen will say “por favor.” This is no substitute for actually speaking a language. But if you need a method to communicate with clients on a very basic level, this is a nice tool to have.

If you are considering the move to a paperless office, that is just one more reason to give this device a try. For around $200, it can save time, space, and money.