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Livescribe electro-pen offers wireless writing

Handwriting goes mobile
Mon Oct 29 2012, 15:57

THE ELECTRONIC PEN called the Livescribe has had a refresh and now offers WiFi connectivity for as-you-scrawl backups.

The pen, which is also called the Sky WiFi smartpen, will take a note of whatever its user writes and hears and copy it, on the fly, to an electronic device and Evernote account.

"Thanks to our unique partnership and joint development efforts with Evernote, we have created an amazingly simple and exciting new experience for our customers," said Gilles Bouchard, Livescribe chairman and CEO.

"With the Sky WiFi smartpen, they can easily capture important ideas, presentations and conversations in the most natural way, on paper, and they automatically appear right where they want them - on their mobile devices and personal computers."

You can use the futuristic pen in two ways. The first is as a pen on paper. This way sees it saving or beaming off what you write to Evernote. The second is electronically, by writing directly onto an Ipad screen for example.

Students, journalists, and heck, maybe even concert and film reviewers, might embrace the Livescribe pen because it saves what it calls a Pencast, a mix of text and audio from an event. This is beamed right to Evernote and becomes a searchable document.

"The Livescribe Sky WiFi smartpen is cool," said Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote. "It's one of the deepest partner integrations that we've ever done. You get the feeling that a bit of magic just happened when you see your handwriting and words transformed instantly and wirelessly into shareable, searchable ideas in Evernote."

The Sky WiFi smartpen from Livescribe is available from Amazon, and costs £159.99 for the 2GB model, £179.99 for the 4GB model, and £224.99 for the 8GB monster pen. µ


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