A simple concept (but not so simple technology) that’s been around for several years, the Livescribe Smartpen tracks and translates into code the movement of your hand as you write with a ballpoint-like ink pen on specially dotted paper bound in a notebook. Afterwards, you use a USB cord connecting your pen and computer to sync your handwritten notes into digital notes viewable on a screen. As the ability to take notes with a stylus and tablet made paper note-taking of any variety an unnecessary practice of redundancy, Livescribe has rethought its product and come out with a new version that cuts out the wires.
Livescribe is releasing in Nobember the Livescribe Smartphone 3, a new version that uses bluetooth to auto-magically sync pen and computer wirelessly, according to Gizmodo.
Livescribe’s new Smartpen 3 is a magic for note-taking tool that automatically translates your scratches and scrawls into an iPad or iPhone app. When you write notes in a Livescribe notebook, it instantly ports them over to the Livescribe+ iOS app. Don’t you wish you had one of these in college? The pen has a built-in microphone so you can grab sound, too. It also doesn’t need a Wi-Fi connection like the second-gen pen, because this one works over Bluetooth. And it’s prettier than previous versions—it’s sleek and black and looks almost like a Mont Blanc pen.
One of the coolest features of the Smartpen three is it will automatically convert your hand-written notes to typed ones. And say you have a date or an address written down. It’ll hyperlink that so you can automagically open a date in iCal or a location in Maps. Additionally, the app will let you add photos and other files, and it can convert your notes into PDFs instantly for easy sharing over email, text, Dropbox, and so on.
The Livescribe Smartpen 3 will be available in November for $150 for the pen and a 50-page notebook or for $200 for the pen, a 100-page notebook, and a leather-bound case.
Read the entire story: “Livescribe Smartpen 3: Note Taking Magic in a Luxury Package,” (Gizmodo)