Livescribe has been making smartpens able to turn your handwritten notes and drawings into digital content for a while. Last year we reviewed the Livescribe Sky WiFi smartpen and found it to be an interesting little gadget. Livescribe is back today with a new smartpen called the Livescribe 3 smartpen.
The device has the same basic features as all of the smartpens the company has produced over the years. It is able to convert handwriting on paper to create tasks, reminders, contacts, and calendar events on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. It also has the ability to use the integrated microphone on tablets or smartphones to create interactive content with synchronize recorded audio with written notes.
Users are able to add photos and text memos to notes as needed. Any written notes, photographs, and diagrams made using the Livescribe 3 can be shared with other people as PDF files via e-mail, Dropbox, and other applications. Like the other pens from Livescribe, this latest offering does require specialized Livescribe 3 dot paper.
That special paper is the biggest drawback to any of the smartpen offerings from Livescribe. The use of the Bluetooth Smart wireless technology allows for easy pairing and transfer notes with low battery drain. The pen promises last about 14 hours between charges. It ships with a capacitive stylus cap that can be used to control the app running on your smart device and has premium ballpoint cartridges. The pen is compatible with iOS devices that are Bluetooth Smart Ready and the compatible app is available at no cost.
The Livescribe 3 smartpen is available for $149.95 including black and chrome version of the pen and a 50 sheet starter notebook along with the charging cable. For $199.95 the Pro Edition includes a leather portfolio and a 100 sheet hardbound journal plus a one-year subscription to Evernote Premium.