The Livescribe 3 automatically transfers handwritten notes to a smartphone or tablet screen but also has a capacitive tip so that it can be used like a stylus on any supported touchscreen device.
Offering users the best of both worlds, the Livescribe 3 is a premium ballpoint pen that, when used with a Livescribe notebook, wirelessly transfers physical notes to the virtual world.
It connects to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and when the connection is activated and the supporting app launched, any notes taken will automatically appear on the screen. However, the device doesn't have to be activated or connected for the smartpen to do its job. As long as it is charged up (the battery should last 14 hours) it can remember everything written and transfer it when it reconnects.
The pen can also be used to activate a device's microphone so that audio can be recorded alongside written notes, while its capacitive stylus cap means it can be used directly on a tablet or smartphone screen.
"People shouldn't have to choose between their pen and their digital devices. The Livescribe 3 smartpen sends everything they write on paper to their tablet or smartphone, where our mobile application makes this information useful in truly innovative ways," said Gilles Bouchard, CEO of Livescribe. "It's simply the most elegant and versatile pen we've ever made."
Compatible with the iPhone 4S onwards, third-generation full-size iPad, all iPad Mini tablets and the fifth-generation iPod Touch, the Livescribe 3 smartpen comes in two versions: the Livescribe 3 smartpen, which costs $149.95 US and includes a 50-page notebook and a USB charging cable; and the $199.95 Pro Edition which offers a 100-page notebook, one-year subscription to Evernote Premium and an additional ink cartridge. Launched in the US Monday, it will be rolling out to Canada, Europe and Asia in the coming months.