Livescribe 3 Smartpen Reimagines Note Taking for a Mobile World

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2014-06-27

Livescribe's early efforts were the Pulse and the Echo—"smartpens" that could track a user's writing or drawing on special paper. Using a USB connector, content could later be transferred to an application, where it could be filed, searched, edited or transitioned from handwriting to a typed font. The pens also contained speakers and microphones to record conversations, so there never needed to be a hole in one's meeting or lecture notes. Since then, Livescribe's pens have evolved. Its two Livescribe 3 models include an infrared camera that records a user's writing and Bluetooth technology to transfer written content, in real time, from the page to the Livescribe app, Evernote or the apps of other partners. The microphone and speaker are gone, instead relying on the hardware in iPhones or iPads, and an ARM processor, flash memory and lithium ion battery mean quick response, storage for thousands of pages and 14 hours of use per charge. Google's Android 4.4 (KitKat) is the first version of the OS to natively support Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), so the company is hoping to next year be compatible with Android-running tablets and phones. With mobile workers increasingly choosing to travel with tablets and leave laptops behind, the Livescribe 3 "is a stand-alone device that encapsulates everything you need," Bryan Rodrigues, Livescribe vice president of marketing and e-commerce, told eWEEK during a demonstration. Have a look below.


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