Realtime hand-drawing and presenting mind maps

It’s a matter of debate. What’s better hand-drawn or computer mind maps? Most professional mindmappers use both. The choice for either one is depending on the goal of the mind map and very often the setting. For example, I use hand-drawn mind maps during crisis situations like the huge fire of the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University in 2008. Crisis situations are hectic and there is a constant flow of information, so you need speed and flexibility. I would say hand-drawn mind maps should be your first choice. The same holds for brainstorms and mind mapping live discussions or lectures during conferences. The only (and very crucial, mind you) drawback is that hand-drawn mind maps are a one man job and not easy to share in large groups like during brainstorms. Well, not any more. PaperShow makes it possible to hand-draw mind maps on digital paper using a digital pen and presenting it at the same time on a large screen. The pen’s movement can be followed real-time thanks to a tiny camera on the top of it. Pen and software (stored on a USB key) are connected through bluetooth. Because it is digitized you can correct mistakes. Using PaperShow it is possible to make a mind map with a large group, you just pass the pen around. This makes PaperShow ideal for mapping brainstorms and discussions, like the PaperShow mind map shown is a debate hold on a school about the pro’s and cons of nuclear energy.

Click for complete mindmap box (Papershow, A3 digital paper, pen with camera, USB key with software and book)

About Hans Buskes

I am a professional mindmapper, I help companies map their business, I am author of two mindmap books. My clients are law firms, municipalities, banks, consultancies and high-tech companies.
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One Response to Realtime hand-drawing and presenting mind maps

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