The Livescribe range of smartpens is some tech many of you have never heard of, but this is one very, very handy device, for a very, very wide range of people.
What’s a smartpen? Yes, it writes. Switch on the pen, and, on paper ‘built’ specially for the Livescribe pens, the pen takes a picture of everything you write, which you can download to your computer and keep on file. You can even download an app for the pen that turns your handwritten text into typed text. last and definitely not least, while it switched on the pen also records audio – what you hear as you write, the Livescribe smartpen records. Afterwards you can tap on any point in your notes, and the pen replays the audio recorded at the time you wrote the
You can see the value of a gadget like this, in situations like client meetings, university lectures, committee meetings, …
The Livescribe Echo smartpen is available in two sizes, 4GB and 8GB, good for recording 400 and 800 hours respectively. In the top is a 3.5 mm that will take standard earphone for private playback.
Computer systems compatible with the Echo include Intel-based Macs with Mac OS X 10.5.5 or later, or, in the PC format, Windows XP with SP3 or Windows Vista or Windows 7.
The Livescribe Echo 4GB smartpen has an RRP of $259, the 8GB $299. They are available right now at Dick Smith stores, and will be on sale in a few days at JB HiFi and Officeworks. Or you can buy the Livescribe Echo smartpen online at Amazon.
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