Livescribe 3 Smartpen: Adding ‘smart’ to the pen


Staying true to its name the California based company has come up with a smart pen that lets you digitize your pen-paper notes.

The Livescribe 3 will digitize your hand written notes when used with the company’s proprietary dotted paper, which is supplied in a spiral-bound notebook. The science behind it is an infrared camera which it houses in the tip that reads the strokes of the nib which further helps to track the position and digitize your hand written strokes.

The Livescribe 3 houses an infrared camera, ARM processor, Bluetooth Smart chipset, flash memory and lithium ion battery and this smart pen can be used on an Android or iOS , smart phone and tablet.

Bluetooth Smart wireless technology that this device boasts off helps you to connect without any hassles.  It is also said to extend the battery life, giving you over 14 hours of use between charges.

Though the company hasn’t managed to engineer these smart pens for use with normal paper, printing on a  Livescribe’s special variety of 600dpi (or higher) is possible.

Having a matte black plastic, a chrome tip and a belt clip, the design is outstanding. It is on the bulkier side and may take a while to get adjusted to the same.

There are available in  two versions : a £130 (US$150/AUS$234) version that comes with a LiveScribe Starter Notebook containing 50 sheets and a single Tungsten-Carbide Ballpoint ink cartridge, and  a ‘Pro’ version that comes with a 100-sheet notebook, two ink cartridges and a one-year Evernote Premium subscription for £170 (US$200/AUS$307).

It is a promising device and may break the traditional paper pen format of saving notes.


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