The Livescribe 3 is smartpen-manship for the mobile warrior
Livescribe smartpens seamlessly transfer your handwritten notes to your tablet or smartphone. The latest edition is just about the best combination of old world data gathering and modern technology you could imagine.
With a twist of a ring on the chic looking black and chrome smartpen you can have your words and diagrams appear in Livescribe+ mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This latest addition to Livescribe’s line of award-winning smartpens is designed as a premium writing instrument, with the look and feel of a quality ballpoint pen combined, but with the added cool of an intelligent mobile device.
Obviously, there are some limitations. You have to do your writing on Livescribe dot paper. That's a minor inconvenience. It's outweighed by the fact that you can also synchronize recorded audio with your written notes, and ad photos and memos to add greater depth and richness to your notes.
“People shouldn’t have to choose between their pen and their digital devices. The Livescribe 3 smartpen sends everything they write on paper to their tablet or smartphone, where our mobile application makes this information useful in truly innovative ways,” said Gilles Bouchard, CEO of Livescribe. “It’s simply the most elegant and versatile pen we’ve ever made.”
The Livescribe 3 includes a capacitive stylus cap to control the Livescribe+ app, and Swiss-made, premium ballpoint cartridges to use with any Livescribe paper notebooks. Livescribe 3 is compatible with iOS devices that are Bluetooth Smart Ready, including the iPhone 4S or later, third-generation or later iPad, iPad Mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch or newer. The free Livescribe+ mobile app is available from the App Store for devices with iOS 7.
The Livescribe 3 smartpen is available in two versions. The Livescribe 3 smartpen, available for $149.95, includes a black-and-chrome smartpen along with a 50-sheet Starter Notebook, as well as a micro USB charging cable and a black tungsten carbide medium-tip ink cartridge. Priced at $199.95, the Livescribe 3 smartpen Pro Edition includes a leather smartpen portfolio with a 100-sheet hardbound journal, a one-year subscription to Evernote Premium, the charging cable and an additional ink cartridge.