LiveScribe's Pulse Smartpen. What is a Smartpen?

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pulseHigh tech pens have been, by definition, a niche. Those that have wanted to convert their handwriting to editable digital text have been able to do so for a long time. But today LiveScribe is putting the pulse back into digital writing with what they are calling the world's first smartpen. Our first question: "is it a smart phone in a pen?" Not quite.

The smartpen is a "computer within a pen" that can capture handwriting and simultaneously record audio and synchronize it to the writing. Different than any digital pen, the Pulse lets users tap on their notes to replay what was recorded from the exact moment they were writing. Two versions of the pen will be available. The 1GB version ($149) will have storage for 100 hours of audio and 16,000 pages of digital notes. The 2GB model will double this storage capacity.

So what makes the pen smarter than others? We are thinking that it's the ability to create applications for it. Livescribe announced a Developer Program, inviting programmers to build paper-based computing applications to enhance and broaden the functionality of the Pulse smartpen. So far developers have created applications that will translate text and also create calendars.

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  • c gomathi nayagam Says:

    i am interested to buy at chennai

  • Devanand Says:

    Please let me know how to use this pen, any written document available on the net


  • Mohan Says:

    I would like to know where I can buy this pen in Bangalore.


    I need to know the availability of smart pen in chennai,india. Please guide me

  • Brad Says:

    I am certainly looking forward to trying out the Livescribe pen.

    There are already systems out there that have digital pens integrating with calendars. I, for one example, use the Oxford Easybook7 - this is a digital pen enabled diary that when I sync my pen with my PC, fully updates Outlook with all the appointments I have entered.

    These tools are great.

    I think the great thing in general is that Livescribe will really bring some excitement and some general awareness of the coolness that is a digital pen.