A quick introduction to Livescribe products from SmartpenCentral
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What is a smartpen?
A Livescribe smartpen is a clever tool that will help any professional, student, educator or note-taker in innumerable ways. Like any regular pen, a smartpen uses ink and paper. You take notes just as you always have, with or without doodles and diagrams. When it is turned on (and you do have to turn it on!), a Livescribe smartpen will remember every pen stroke you make on any page in any one of your Livescribe notebooks... it is that easy! What is more, you may optionally activate the microphone in a smartpen and thus automatically synchronize what you hear to what you're writing. Please take a look at our page of videos to learn more or visit the manufacturer's YouTube channel.
There are three kinds of smartpen: Echo, Sky and now the new Livescribe 3
- The three types of smartpen can be distinguished by answering the following two questions:
- The Echo smartpen transmits data via a USB cable (included) to a free application which you download to your computer (Windows or MacOS on Intel). The data you create is stored on the hard disk of your computer. The application is called "Livescribe Desktop" and may be obtained at any time from the manufacturer's website. Your handwritten notes and audio can then be viewed, organized, searched and shared in a number of ways, including Evernote, Facebook, GoogleDocs, PDF and more! For an Echo smartpen, you need not have direct access to the internet, but you do need a computer to run Livescribe Desktop. That computer can be Windows or Mac, English or French. Where: on your computer hard disk. How: via USB cable.
- Where is the data stored?
- How is it transmitted?
- The Sky smartpen is configured to transmit data over WiFi directly to your free Evernote.com account on the internet. No computer is required and notes can be taken anywhere (with or without an internet connection). Notes can however be uploaded to Evernote only when you are at a hotspot. For a Sky smartpen, you do not need a dedicated computer but you do need occasional access to WiFi and to your online Evernote account. Where: in your online Evernote account . How: via WiFi to the internet.
- The new Livescribe 3 (LS3) is a phenomenally useful accessory for your iPad or iPhone, but it requires such a companion device to function fully. Unlike the Echo and Sky smartpens, the Livescribe 3 smartpen does NOT have a microphone or a speaker. The Livescribe 3 is therefore much slimer, lighter and more elegant as a writing instrument. The LS3 captures handwriting and stores it in its own memory however audio is captured using the microphone and speaker of its companion device. Handwriting data is transmitted from the LS3 via Bluetooth Smart (also known as Bluetooth 4.0). For now only certain Apple devices are supported running iOS7 (see tech specs) but Livescribe anticipates availability for other mobile operating systems in 2014. Handwriting from the LS3 can be synchronized to up to five iOS7 devices but audio is kept only in the one device which recorded it. Where: in your iOS device (recent models of iPad, iPhone, iPod). How: via Bluetooth 4.0.
- What is Evernote? Evernote.com is a cloud-based (internet-based) repository for all sorts of files (not just Livescribe content). Your handwritten notes and audio can then be viewed, organized, searched and shared in a number of ways! For a Sky smartpen, you need direct access to WiFi to upload data, but no computer is required! All three Livescribe smartpens (Echo, Sky and LS3) can push data to Evernote (but is -required- only for the Sky smartpen). Once uploaded you may access your Evernote account from almost any internet-connected device including iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows and of course any connected computer (PC, Mac, Linux or other).
If you have any questions about which product is right for you, please contact us!