In 2008, Livescribe came up with its first paper based smartpen, called as Pulse. Since then the company has been improving upon it and came up with ‘The Echo’ in 2010, which had a rounder shape.
Then in 2012 it added micro-USB and Wi-Fi support and called it the ‘Sky’. Now it has come up with another improvement which allows Bluetooth connectivity and has iOS device support.
The most significant change in Livescribe 3 is that it has camouflaged the smart functions pretty well to make it look like a sleek, high-quality ballpoint pen. Like its predecessors, it works in combinations with special dot paper and captures everything written via and integrated infrared camera.
However, you can instantly transfer the data using a Bluetooth connected iOS device that is running the Livescribe+ mobile app. If your smartpen is not connected to any iOS device, then the data would be stored in the pen’s flash memory and can be later transferred.
These handwritten notes can be transformed into notes, reminders, calendar events, etc. once they have been transferred to an iOS device. The notes can also be transformed into a PDF and shared via AirDrop, Mail, Messages, Evernote or Dropbox.
The Livescribe 3 has a capacitive stylus cap to assist in the interaction with touchscreen of tablets and smartphones. If connected to an iOS device, it consumes less energy and can give a backup of almost 14 hours.
The smartpen can be recharged via a micro USB cable which is included in the package. The bundle also includes a 50-sheet dot paper book and black tungsten carbide medium-tip ink cartridge.
The Livescribe 3 is priced at US $149.95, while the Pro Edition sells for $199.95. You can download the Livescribe+ mobile app for free from the App store. The smartpen is compatible with iPhone 4S or later, or the iPad third-gen or later, the iPad Mini, and fifth-gen iPod touch or later.