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Livescribe 3 smartpen launches in the UK


Livescribe 3
Livescribe 3

Livescribe Inc. is updating its range of smartpens with the Livescribe 3.

The new pen captures everything written on Livescribe paper and transfers it instantly to the free Livescribe mobile app using wireless Bluetooth technology.

Using an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad users can converts handwriting to digital text which can be added to contacts lists and events calendars. Handwritten diagrams can also be added to photographs and turned into PDFs which can be shared via messages, emails, Dropbox or Evernote.

The pen even connects with the built-in microphone on a tablet or smartphone, synchronizing notes and audio.

"People shouldn't have to choose between their pen and digital devices." said CEO of Livescribe Giles Bouchard.

"The Livescribe 3 sends everything they write on paper to their tablet or smartphone where our mobile application makes this information useful in truly innovative ways."

"It's simply the most elegant and versatile pen we've ever made."

Livescribe 3 features

Whereas the Sky pen uses wifi to connect to mobile devices and the Livescribe Echo uses a USB cable, the Livescribe 3 connects using Bluetooth Smart wireless technology for instant copy transfer.

Coming in black and chrome, the Livescribe is designed as a premium writing tool. It uses Swiss-made premium ballpoint cartridges and comes with a capacitive stylus cap to control the Livescribe app.

Compatible with iOS devices including the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 and 5th generation iPod touch, it has 14 hours of battery life

Livescribe 3 price and availability

There are two Livescribe 3 packages.

The standard Livescribe 3 smartpen costs £119.99 and includes pen, 50-sheet Starter Notebook, micro USB charging cable and black tungsten carbide ink cartridge.

The Pro Edition is £169.99 features a leather portfolio, 100-sheet hardbound journal, one-year subscription to Evernote Premium, charging cable and addition ink cartridge.

The Livescribe app is available from the App Store for devices running iOS 7 or newer.

Next, read about the Livescribe Pulse

Friv Jogos

October 28, 2013, 10:00 am

It is noisy and concern for what is happening around this information was published.


October 28, 2013, 10:33 am

Standard one will cost £129.99 I believe.


October 28, 2013, 11:17 am

Why limit it only to IOS? Such a waste.


October 28, 2013, 11:37 am

What about connecting to Android? I'm amazed that your avoid this, could it be that Mr.Apple has tied you to an agreement not to support it, hence the IOS only problem?
Good for Apple, but you pay for this by ignoring the much bigger, or additional market and that comes out of your pocket whilst sustaining their grip. NOT good business methinks, too many eggs in one basket.


November 4, 2013, 10:52 pm

When you take this pen into a meeting - at a minimum you want it to connect quickly, capture everything you write, and capture it with a fidelity that is usable at a later date.

The bluetooth is flakey - you can't rely on it connecting. And sometimes reinstalling the app is the only way to repair the device.

It drops out while you are using it - or takes time to start capturing and misses the beginning of what you are writing.

Often the capture is so bad with added noise from 'strokes' recorded when the pen is in the air between letters words or lines that the result is unreadable and the character recognition worthless.

Post-production - exporting, correcting, merging, tagging, organising - is also difficult and unreliable.

The documentation is incomplete and poor - basic tasks like selecting multiple snippets not explained clearly.

Think this is sour grapes or buyers remorse - see the attached compare between a short note I wrote (on the right) and what the Livescribe 3 actually captured (on the left).

This pen, or at least its software, should have never been released at it's current level of development.


November 26, 2013, 11:27 am

Shame as the Echo is great and I was looking forward to this. Lets hope they solve with an upgrade to the App.
Thanks for sharing though as has stopped me rushing out an wasting money!


November 26, 2013, 10:12 pm

My pen turned out to have a faulty sensor - support wasn't exactly smooth - but they did replace it in the end. The replacement works as advertised.

The iOS software is, well, less than great. It has some design flaws - the arbitrary snippet approach imposes quite a bit of fiddly overhead on moving information captured with the pen into other formats and software. After all the whole point of digital capture is to keep information malleable. Capturing notes to PDFs is only a shade more useful than paper - and nearly every office printer and iPhone camera can scan and email to PDF. The LiveScribe software has solid handwriting recognition software - for neat writers. But as I said not really a lot of thought into the work people may need to do to convert notes into reusable digital formats.

The other thing is the iOS app has turned out to be flakey. It frequently becomes unresponsive. I have had to resolve that a number of times with a re-install.

That is mitigated somewhat by the architecture - the pen remembers the notes even if the app freezes - and when you get the software up and running again the pen uploads any saved information on the first connection.

So in summary, it works. You can take and record notes using pen and paper. You can digitise that information.

That 'post-production' activity is however more fiddly than it really needs to be (in my opinion) and the software has some reliability problems.

It has 'splinters'. As you said - lets' hope they sand them off in future upgrades.

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