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A Pen That Listens

Despite all the hours we spend texting, emailing and typing, there are still times that call for handwritten notes. Pen and paper rule the classroom, college lecture hall and even some business meetings and brainstorming sessions that aren’t conducive to lugging around a laptop. But what happens to those handwritten notes when the class ends or the meeting adjourns? That’s when you typically have to deal with the dreaded retyping of notes onto the computer and the painful transcribing of voice recordings. Unless you have a smart pen to make life easier… Enter Livescribe. Its smart pens combine a ballpoint pen and voice recorder so you can save digital copies of both your handwritten notes and audio recordings. The Echo pens (with 2GB, 4GB or 8GB of memory) record what you hear and what you write, and they link the audio files to your handwritten notes. This linkage lets you replay what was said at a particular point in time simply by tapping on a section of your notes (taken on Livescribe’s special note-taking paper). You also can upload the audio files and digital copies of your handwritten notes and drawings to your computer for safekeeping and sharing. Created by Jim Marggraff (the inventor of the LeapPad and LeapFrog computer), the Livescribe pen/recorder combination is a great tool for students and professionals who depend on handwritten notes and information. It doesn’t get much mightier than a pen that turns notes into knowledge.

Livescribe

Smartpen

A Pen That Listens

Despite all the hours we spend texting, emailing and typing, there are still times that call for handwritten notes. Pen and paper rule the classroom, college lecture hall and even some business meetings and brainstorming sessions that aren’t conducive to lugging around a laptop. But what happens to those handwritten notes when the class ends or the meeting adjourns? That’s when you typically have to deal with the dreaded retyping of notes onto the computer and the painful transcribing of voice recordings. Unless you have a smart pen to make life easier… Enter Livescribe. Its smart pens combine a ballpoint pen and voice recorder so you can save digital copies of both your handwritten notes and audio recordings. The Echo pens (with 2GB, 4GB or 8GB of memory) record what you hear and what you write, and they link the audio files to your handwritten notes. This linkage lets you replay what was said at a particular point in time simply by tapping on a section of your notes (taken on Livescribe’s special note-taking paper). You also can upload the audio files and digital copies of your handwritten notes and drawings to your computer for safekeeping and sharing. Created by Jim Marggraff (the inventor of the LeapPad and LeapFrog computer), the Livescribe pen/recorder combination is a great tool for students and professionals who depend on handwritten notes and information. It doesn’t get much mightier than a pen that turns notes into knowledge.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Cameron
    Cameron

    Hi Daily Grommet fans, I am pleased to be here today to answer any questions that you have about the Livescribe Echo Smartpen. My name is Cameron, a sales manager here at Livescribe. Write less, listen more is our motto. If you find yourself writing pages of notes in class or in meetings and still missing key points, slow down and let technology do the hard part for you so you can focus on what is truly important. Watch the video, read the story and let me know what questions you have.

  • NicoleT
    NicoleT
    5/6/2011 1:09 PM

    I saw these at eTECH Ohio in the vendor hall - REALLY COOL. The audio is synced up with the text perfectly.

    My only question is about the paper - are there plans to add functionality to the pen that would allow it to still be "smart" with "dumb" paper?

  • Cameron
    Cameron – Special Guest
    5/6/2011 1:12 PM

    Nicole,

    The special dot enabled paper allows the pen to capture the audio with the written notes and sync them together. The pen has a camera (similar to an optical or Laser mouse) the dots give the pen a X & Y axis point. This allows the pen to replay the audio from anywhere there is ink on a page.

  • Kate
    Kate
    5/6/2011 1:32 PM

    I have seen these at a store and have been so intrigued. It's hard to understand how it works without seeing it in action. I like it, what a great gift for a high school graduate going on to college. What a great gift for myself!

  • Cameron
    Cameron – Special Guest
    5/6/2011 1:47 PM

    Kate,

    If you have a few minutes, check out the video's on our splash page. They are very insightful.

    http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/

  • Laura
    Laura
    5/6/2011 11:32 PM

    My daughter does not like to type. If she hand wrote a report with this pen, would it then convert her handwritten words into a digital typed format? Not so interested in the recording aspect of the pen at this point. Maybe there is a product that is better suited for what I am looking for or maybe she just needs to learn how to type as I am sick of transcribing :-)

    Thanks,

    Laura

  • Thomas Bosher-Perran
    Thomas Bosher-Perran
    5/7/2011 8:25 PM

    @Laura: I don't know if you know this but any computer with Windows 7 also has voice recognition software that will convert speech to text. It isn't perfect but fixing a few mistakes is much faster than typing. I use it all the time!

  • Denise
    Denise
    8/4/2011 4:39 PM

    @Thomas Bosher-Perran:

    Hi Thomas,

    Thanks for the info. How can I find the program on my computer? Also, is it compatable with any WAV file?

    Thanks,

    Denise

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/7/2011 8:51 PM

    @Laura: I think it is time to find a solution for her! Yes, if she writes legibly this will convert her writing into text. Once she has the pen she may grow into all the other functionalities of it as well.

  • Thomas Bosher-Perran
    Thomas Bosher-Perran
    5/7/2011 8:22 PM

    From what I understand, there is a program that will convert your handwriting into a Microsoft Word Document as long as you write legibly enough. That's why I haven't looked into it :-)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/7/2011 8:56 PM

    @Thomas Bosher-Perran: Technology is amazing. This pen blows me away. I can't imagine what innovators like Jim Marggraff will come up with next.

  • Ashley
    Ashley
    11/19/2011 5:15 PM

    What a great product.Where can I buy one? Do you have a catalog or email list?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/20/2011 12:00 AM

    @Ashley Hammerman: You can buy it here. Just to the right of the product video is the shopping area. Just choose which one is right for you and click 'Buy Now'. Enjoy!

  • Michele Roszell
    Michele Roszell
    1/20/2012 1:44 PM

    I have owned one of these pens for over 3 years and LOVE IT!!. I attend a lot of meetings where we need to put things in writing exactly as we discussed it and so many times we'll get confused and people will ask me to have the "SmartPen" tell us what we said. I use it for my classes I take too. It's wonderful to go back and remember what did the professor say last night in class.

    It has a lot of features that aren't on the video. It will e-mail, you can send others a copy of your page of notes, you can listen on line or with the pen. I've used it to read me the minutes of a meeting slowly and I transcribe for something.

    And don't think the cost of the notebooks is expensive -it is not. Go anywhere and buy that many notebooks with that many pages and you'll probably pay more. I could talk for hours about all the uses I've had for this pen. I love it and encouraged all my friends that had kids in school to get one for them for the classes they struggle with like the sciences and math.

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    1/20/2012 1:50 PM

    @Michele Roszell: Thank you for stopping by and sharing your great experiences with us. It sounds like the SmartPen is a very helpful tool for you.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Livescribe

Smartpen

A Pen That Listens

Despite all the hours we spend texting, emailing and typing, there are still times that call for handwritten notes. Pen and paper rule the classroom, college lecture hall and even some business meetings and brainstorming sessions that aren’t conducive to lugging around a laptop. But what happens to those handwritten notes when the class ends or the meeting adjourns? That’s when you typically have to deal with the dreaded retyping of notes onto the computer and the painful transcribing of voice recordings. Unless you have a smart pen to make life easier…

Enter Livescribe. Its smart pens combine a ballpoint pen and voice recorder so you can save digital copies of both your handwritten notes and audio recordings. The Echo pens (with 2GB, 4GB or 8GB of memory) record what you hear and what you write, and they link the audio files to your handwritten notes. This linkage lets you replay what was said at a particular point in time simply by tapping on a section of your notes (taken on Livescribe’s special note-taking paper). You also can upload the audio files and digital copies of your handwritten notes and drawings to your computer for safekeeping and sharing.

Created by Jim Marggraff (the inventor of the LeapPad and LeapFrog computer), the Livescribe pen/recorder combination is a great tool for students and professionals who depend on handwritten notes and information. It doesn’t get much mightier than a pen that turns notes into knowledge.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Cameron
    Cameron

    Hi Daily Grommet fans, I am pleased to be here today to answer any questions that you have about the Livescribe Echo Smartpen. My name is Cameron, a sales manager here at Livescribe. Write less, listen more is our motto. If you find yourself writing pages of notes in class or in meetings and still missing key points, slow down and let technology do the hard part for you so you can focus on what is truly important. Watch the video, read the story and let me know what questions you have.

  • NicoleT
    NicoleT
    5/6/2011 1:09 PM

    I saw these at eTECH Ohio in the vendor hall - REALLY COOL. The audio is synced up with the text perfectly.

    My only question is about the paper - are there plans to add functionality to the pen that would allow it to still be "smart" with "dumb" paper?

  • Cameron
    Cameron – Special Guest
    5/6/2011 1:12 PM

    Nicole,

    The special dot enabled paper allows the pen to capture the audio with the written notes and sync them together. The pen has a camera (similar to an optical or Laser mouse) the dots give the pen a X & Y axis point. This allows the pen to replay the audio from anywhere there is ink on a page.

  • Kate
    Kate
    5/6/2011 1:32 PM

    I have seen these at a store and have been so intrigued. It's hard to understand how it works without seeing it in action. I like it, what a great gift for a high school graduate going on to college. What a great gift for myself!

  • Cameron
    Cameron – Special Guest
    5/6/2011 1:47 PM

    Kate,

    If you have a few minutes, check out the video's on our splash page. They are very insightful.

    http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/

  • Laura
    Laura
    5/6/2011 11:32 PM

    My daughter does not like to type. If she hand wrote a report with this pen, would it then convert her handwritten words into a digital typed format? Not so interested in the recording aspect of the pen at this point. Maybe there is a product that is better suited for what I am looking for or maybe she just needs to learn how to type as I am sick of transcribing :-)

    Thanks,

    Laura

  • Thomas Bosher-Perran
    Thomas Bosher-Perran
    5/7/2011 8:25 PM

    @Laura: I don't know if you know this but any computer with Windows 7 also has voice recognition software that will convert speech to text. It isn't perfect but fixing a few mistakes is much faster than typing. I use it all the time!

  • Denise
    Denise
    8/4/2011 4:39 PM

    @Thomas Bosher-Perran:

    Hi Thomas,

    Thanks for the info. How can I find the program on my computer? Also, is it compatable with any WAV file?

    Thanks,

    Denise

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/7/2011 8:51 PM

    @Laura: I think it is time to find a solution for her! Yes, if she writes legibly this will convert her writing into text. Once she has the pen she may grow into all the other functionalities of it as well.

  • Thomas Bosher-Perran
    Thomas Bosher-Perran
    5/7/2011 8:22 PM

    From what I understand, there is a program that will convert your handwriting into a Microsoft Word Document as long as you write legibly enough. That's why I haven't looked into it :-)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/7/2011 8:56 PM

    @Thomas Bosher-Perran: Technology is amazing. This pen blows me away. I can't imagine what innovators like Jim Marggraff will come up with next.

  • Ashley
    Ashley
    11/19/2011 5:15 PM

    What a great product.Where can I buy one? Do you have a catalog or email list?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/20/2011 12:00 AM

    @Ashley Hammerman: You can buy it here. Just to the right of the product video is the shopping area. Just choose which one is right for you and click 'Buy Now'. Enjoy!

  • Michele Roszell
    Michele Roszell
    1/20/2012 1:44 PM

    I have owned one of these pens for over 3 years and LOVE IT!!. I attend a lot of meetings where we need to put things in writing exactly as we discussed it and so many times we'll get confused and people will ask me to have the "SmartPen" tell us what we said. I use it for my classes I take too. It's wonderful to go back and remember what did the professor say last night in class.

    It has a lot of features that aren't on the video. It will e-mail, you can send others a copy of your page of notes, you can listen on line or with the pen. I've used it to read me the minutes of a meeting slowly and I transcribe for something.

    And don't think the cost of the notebooks is expensive -it is not. Go anywhere and buy that many notebooks with that many pages and you'll probably pay more. I could talk for hours about all the uses I've had for this pen. I love it and encouraged all my friends that had kids in school to get one for them for the classes they struggle with like the sciences and math.

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    1/20/2012 1:50 PM

    @Michele Roszell: Thank you for stopping by and sharing your great experiences with us. It sounds like the SmartPen is a very helpful tool for you.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.