A Planner You Can Talk To

If you find getting your data into pocket organizers with write-on screens or tiny keyboards a frustrating exercise, you might want to consider the Voice Input Planner 9000 from Sycom Technologies (215 222-9117). The $295 VIP allows you to dictate your memos, appointments, or other reminders and play them back as needed. It can hold up to 11 minutes of talk, although you can greatly improve the sound quality by settling for less recording time. The seven-ounce unit also functions as a conventional personal information manager (including minuscule keyboard), with the added ability to dial a number by holding the VIP up to the mouthpiece and letting it beep right into the telephone.

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