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A pen that records as you write…..Livescribe 3

In the Venn diagram showing ‘People Who Prefer to Take Notes on Paper’ along with the ‘People Who Want to Store Their Notes Digitally’, the overlap is ‘People Who Might Buy a Livescribe 3 pen’.

Without a doubt, the pen contains someamazing technology. A tiny camera inside the device records the ballpoint pen’s movement across special dotted paper made to be used with the device. Everything you write or draw during a conversation, interview, meeting or lecture on the dotted paper is transmitted to a nearby iPad or iPhone running the free Livescribe app. You can convert the handwritten notes to text and tag sections with keywords.

Livescribe 3, a pen that records as you write
But it gets better. The pen can also record the audio of a conversation or lecture. If you want to go back to a specific section of the audio, perhaps to check that you wrote the correct word, tap the stylus (on the other end of the pen) on that word in your notes. The audio recording will be played back from that point.

You will have to carry the iPad or iPhone along with the special notepad if you want an aural recording of the session. The glossy black pen is well-balanced and comfortable to use, like a large Mont Blanc. The special dot paper is now widely available, comes in various formats like bound journals, pads and even sticky notes, and isn’t much more expensive than regular paper.

The pen costs $150 or $200 for a pen with less chrome and more accessories.

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