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 almost-regular paper. You take notes just as you always have, with or without doodles and diagrams. When it is turned on (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 two kinds of smartpen: Echo and Sky
- 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 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.
- 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 note can be taken anywhere (with or without an internet connection). Notes can however be uploaded to Evernote only when you are at a hotspot.
- What is Evernote? Evernote.com is a cloud-based (internet-based) repository for all sorts of files (not just Livescribe information). 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! Once uploaded you may access your 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!