Livescribe has written a third chapter in the story of its development of a digital pen that also records audio, with the launch of the Bluetooth-enabled Livescribe 3 following the Wi-Fi Sky version and the original Echo device.
The fact that the company will continue to sell the Echo and Sky alongside the 3 suggests it has yet to come up with the perfect smartpen and that there are strengths and weaknesses to each version – something I discovered as a longtime user in trying out 3 and its new app. Read more
Evernote, the service that maintains memos of your daily life, is closing on a new milestone of 50m users, but is still some way from an IPO, according to Phil Libin, chief executive.
That may have to wait until at least 2015, he told me this week, as the Silicon Valley company focuses on further growth in users and services such as Evernote Hello and Penultimate, both apps being the subject of upgrades launched today. Read more
New smartpen connects to a wireless network
Livescribe’s digital pen has finally been set free from the need to tether it to a computer to synchronise its text and audio capture, with the release of a Wi-Fi model that saves documents in the cloud.
Its Sky Wi-Fi smartpen, launched on Monday, connects to a wireless network and automatically uploads the pen’s sessions to the Evernote note-capturing service. Read more
Livescribe, the digital pen company, has announced a new chief executive, new funding and a new strategy as its founder Jim Marggraff steps down.
Gilles Bouchard, a former senior HP executive, becomes CEO. $10m has been added by existing backers in a new round and the company plans to release a wireless version of its Echo smartpen later this year as it explores cloud services. Read more
Tablet makers are reintroducing the pen in digital form in their attempts to gain an advantage over Apple and its iPad. Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet, unveiled on Wednesday, offers an optional pen that allows on-screen handwriting to be converted to text, among other applications. This week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section looks at this and other pen options including the HTC Flyer, Penultimate for the iPad and the Livescribe Echo. Read more
Livescribe is making its digital pen technology easier to share and afford, with new software that will convert notes to common formats inside popular services and the launch of a budget version of its Echo pen. Livescribe Connect will allow notebook pages to be exported easily in an Adobe Acrobat PDF format that includes both handwritten pages and the embedded audio recording made by its Echo smartpen, which will now be available in a $100 (£100, €130) 2Gb version. Read more
Livescribe, the company whose pen combines paper note-taking with digital recordings, is launching its next-generation product and new ways of sharing pages and audio.
The Echo pen has a number of improvements from looks, to capacity and new standard interfaces that open up fresh uses for a signature product among digital pens. Read more
Yet another “App Store” launched this week, but the new Livescribe Application Store is for a smart pen rather than smart phone.
The Livescribe Pulse has changed the way I make a record of interviews since I started using it 18 months ago. It’s a pen that records both my scratchy notes, with a built-in camera in the nib section, and the audio of interviews, with its microphone.
(This post was first published on November 22, 2009) Read more
Amazon is claiming to offer newspapers a new lease of life with the larger-screen Kindle DX, which transforms reading the printed versions of publications into an easier-to-carry internet-delivered digital experience.
The trend is towards a more literal and fixed digital representation of newspapers, likely to appeal to older audiences. However, in many ways, the more interesting experiments in new media are happening elsewhere, and have more to do with changing the fundamental reading (and writing) experience. Read more