IBM's new audio recorder is a step above anything you've seen before. It records everything digitally, and then encodes it into text using buit-in voice recognition software. You can then search by time or keyword to skip to your favourite parts. Want more? It has a finger print reader.

Implications - One of the problems with traditional audio recording devices is that they produce recordings that can't be searched as effortlessly as a document can. This handy device is a smart workaround to this problem, and as such, would be greatly appreciated by a large number of consumers. Whether used in a business meeting or at a school lecture, this is an invaluable tool.