Have you ever needed to transcribe a spoken conversation into text? You either have to take impossibly fast notes in real-time or make a recording for transcription later. The creators of the Titan Note device, currently on Indiegogo, want to make this process easier through voice recognition and AI.

The campaign makes some lofty-but-alluring claims about the Titan Note's capabilities. The wireless tabletop device – which is cylindrical in shape and measures about 2 inches wide and 1.25 inches tall (about 5 x 3 cm) – is said to be able to accurately record and transcribe entire lectures or interviews, all while differentiating between speakers.

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Once the recording is made, the company says the transcription will be available through its companion app within a few minutes. From there, you can also view an automatically generated summary of the information, as well as translate or share the notes.

Anyone with the frequent note-taking needs can see these time-saving benefits, but we're also skeptical of these assertions. After all, many of us have had our share of frustrations with voice-controlled tech and virtual assistants, and similar devices like the Senstone have failed to impress. If Siri can't always follow through with simple instructions, can a device that fits in the palm of your hand make accurate, coherent summaries of a two-person interview?

If so, we'll be very impressed. In the meantime, we're not sure if voice recognition and AI are advanced enough – especially at this price point – to make these bold claims believable. Still, it's a rather affordable investment. At present, the Titan Note is available for US$80 to Indiegogo backers, with a future expected retail price of $150.

According to the campaign page, the first Titan Note devices are expected to ship in September. At the time of writing, the campaign has amply exceeded its $35,000 goal with 22 days remaining in the crowdfunding period.

Product page: Indiegogo

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