Neo N2 Smartpen

Stephanie Carls on ABC 33/40 Talk of Alabama: Savvy Must-Have Tech

When asked to share my new favorite tech items with Birmingham's ABC 33/40 Talk of Alabama, I couldn't resist! Hot topic for SURE and these products sure wow'd their host, Ebony Hall. Here's a quick run-down of the products featured in the segment:

Stephanie Carls Talk of Alabama

Neo N2 Smartpen

Neo smartpen N2 gives users the familiarity of a normal pen with smart technology and enables users to express ideas on paper first, allowing them to better focus on the content of meetings and lectures without distractions, such as laptops and smartphones. Through N2's free companion app, Neo Notes, users can instantly and efficiently transform these written ideas into digital, editable content that can be captured, organized and shared with anyone. See my full review here.

Vurb App

Vurb connects your apps to bring your favorite people, places, and things together.  Go out. Find new places to eat. Get movie times. Use Vurb Chat to sync up with your friends - all in one app. With Vurb, you can discover great places, make restaurant reservations, plan with friends, and order an Uber or Lyft. Best of all, you don’t have to hop from app to app to do it. Finally your phone works the way it’s supposed to.


Ringly was a hit! This smartring syncs with your phone so you can stay connected to people, messages, and notifications that are most important to you. Tuck your phone away and set your mind at ease. See my full review here.


Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus from Verizon

This phone is beautiful and got a lot of attention after the segment! With the edges, you can keep up with what matters most, right at your fingertips. Use the edge screen as a shortcut from any screen to your top contacts and apps. You’ll quickly know when your favorite contacts call or text message by the light–up notification on the edge screen.  

The Galaxy S6 edge+ helps you share can’t–miss moments as they happen. Double tap the Home button to launch the 16–megapixel rear–facing camera. Use the built–in camera feature, Live Broadcast, to capture and stream moments via YouTube. Pretty sweet, right?

Thanks again to Talk of Alabama for having me!

Hands-On with the Neo N2 Smartpen

It's been fun to spend some time with the Neo N2 Smartpen and get a feel for it! I've traveled with it, used it during meetings, and now, I really can't imagine my life without it. I think the idea of a "smartpen" is still new to people, so let's make sure we clear this up first....


A smartpen allows you write on paper while what you are writing is captured into digital form to an app for organization, sharing, etc. For me, this has to be my favorite part. I always carry a pen, notebook, and laptop into meetings as I love to take notes on paper instead of typing them. Studies have proven that you will retain and comprehend more when writing them down. However, this causes extra work if a coworker wants me to share my notes as I'll need to type them up. Or, when trying to find a specific note, you are left rummaging through past notebooks and notes. 


So how does this cool technology work? With the Neo N2, it does require smart notebooks that have a patented NCode technology which records each pen stroke. Neo offers an array of notebook styles as well as a brand new program that will allow you to print your own paper at home. 

As you write, you are able to change the color as well as the thickness. This has been handy for me to do quick drawings or just show emphasis on a particular part of the note. Once you have finished with the note, you can transcribe it into text, email, or share on Evernote or Goole Drive. Plus, tagging your notes is available for searching later and the search feature is pretty spot on as well. 


The Neo N2 Smartpen’s app, Neo Notes works for both iOS and Android. So, go ahead, take out your pen and start taking the notes that you’ll remember and can keep on all of your devices. The pen of the future is finally here!