Electronic Pen Data Entry Tool: A New Way to Collect Field Data

A new product by Capturx might be a good resource to help accurately record data in the field while still maintaining a paper copy of the information.  This technology uses a digital pen on regular paper to capture the written data on the form into an electronic format.  Optical Character Recognition translates the handwriting into digital text, which can be downloaded from the pen into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

If you're interested, check out their website.  You can also read a review of the product from someone who has first hand experience using the product to collect fisheries data in the field.