One of the original features of TrialDirector was the ability to display exhibits (documents, photos, video, animation, deposition transcript text and video etc.) using a barcode and barcode scanner. Thousands of Avery 5267 labels have been printed with the exhibit ID as either a Code 39 or Code 128 barcode.
If you were organized, it made the presentation entertaining for the hot seat operator. If the attorney wanted to control the presentation, give them the barcode scanner and let them present at their own pace. One original drawback of barcode scanners was the need to be connected to the computer via a cord. If you had a really long extension, no problem. Wireless scanners came on the market and solved that problem, but still needed a base station to communicate with the computer.
I stopped using barcodes a long time ago as part of slimming down the amount of equipment that needed to be hauled around from trial to trial. Between all of the cables, cords, switchers and backups of every other piece of equipment, sometimes choices had to be made.
Until – someone showed me the Unitech MS910 Wireless Barcode Scanner. It is about the size of a pack of gum, accurate and easy to use and best of all, the battery lasts for up to 5000 scans between charges. To charge the battery you use a standard USB port. The scanner connects to the computer via Bluetooth and has about a 30ft. signal range. The only drawback (which is minor) is the price.
The MS910 retails for approximately $150.00 but with a little time on the internet, you can find a better price.
This gadget is definitely one to add to your trial kit!