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.