“ Brand: Livescribe „
The Livescribe Pulse pen is a great new piece of technology that is your own personal assistant in the way we write.
It records all the text we write on the specialist dot paper that ties in with the product and when docked to a Pc or Mac it shows the notes as they were written on the paper, another excellent feature of the pen is that it allows the user to record sound as you write, so if you wanted to recall a certain part of a conversation, all you need to do is click the worlds that were written at that point of time and it starts to play that part of the conversation. The way it works is the pen has a little camera just above the nib, it traces the ink you write in accordance with the dots on the page.
The Pen can also have applications loaded on to it, bought from the livescribe app store, some of the applications include, dictionaries, games, utilities to measure and a nice little piano that you draw onto the page.
The pen works really well and feels comfortable to hold, it writes smoothly on the page which some manual pens don't, one problem that i have found is that you cannot purchase different colour inks. The pen is thicker than a standard pen, the pen is made of strong metal and seams to be of very good quality and good quality materials used. Charging of the pen is done by the included docking station that connects to either a Pc or Mac, charge time of the pen is excellent, since purchasing my pen i have charged it only a few times.
The sound quality of the pen is good and can be changed to several different recording options, the included headphones that come in the box add a really good 3d sound experience, it allows the user to hear the sounds in the direction they came from when recording. They also add a crisper, shaper recording, but they don't appear discrete.
The Livescribe dot paper can be purchased from different suppliers in the UK as well as the usa etc. It comes in several different sizes to fit everyones needs. It can also be printed using a Postscript printer, unfortunately not many people own this type of printer.
Overall i would Highly recommend this pen to anyone, it is useful in so many ways and to so many people, especially doctors, business men, students and other professionals.
This review can also be found on Ciao.
The Livescribe 2GB Pulse Smartpen is a pen which comes with an in-built microphone and camera. This means that it can capture audio as well as a "video" of whatever you happen to be writing at the time. There are a few caveats, which I will explain below. There is also a built-in speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack, which allows for either personal listening, or enhanced recording (again, more details below). The pen is marketed to students, journalists and professionals who attend numerous meetings as a product which increases productivity by allowing one to concentrate fully on what is being said, rather than writing down all the minutiae.
Recording - the recording quality is decent. I have used the pen in small meeting rooms, seminar rooms for about 30 people and lecture halls with 160 people. When playing back audio, recordings from any room larger than a standard office results in quite a lot of background noise. This is present even if the recording quality is set to high. Recording is almost too sensitive (it catches everything, including the incredibly irritating scratch of the pen on paper), however, it is not too specific (doesn't hone in on the speaker). This is especially problematic if there is a large room or if there is a lot of surrounding chatter. To offset this somewhat, Livescribe have developed a set of headphones which also have microphones built into them. This allows them to double as stereo recording devices - i.e., triangulating a sound source to identify the point in space where it is coming from, thus increasing recording specificity. It works well. However, practically, it is not a great option, since wearing headphones precludes both actual listening and the appearance of listening - imagine trying to sit in a seminar room and listen to a lecture with headphones on! An alternative solution could be to leave the headphones on the table. However, I find this affects my writing speed and hence don't really use the headphones at the cost of audio quality.
Writing - the pen has a camera built in just beside the nib. This means that, provided one is writing on special dot paper (you can either buy extra note books or print them off yourself), the pen is able to capture and image of whatever you are writing, and save it. This aspect of the pen works a lot better than the audio, and in my experience, has captured my every stroke accurately. The beautiful thing is that the pen automatically syncs what you are writing to what is being recorded. This means that should you need to flip back through your notes, you can rapidly jog your memory regarding the conversation at the time by tapping on the note itself. When transferred to the computer, this allows the creation of a Pencast, where the audio file plays while the synced notes are "played" in the chronological order in which they were written. My main complaint about the pen is that the included ink cartridge is shorter than most, and hence does not last very long. Mine lasted about 6 weeks with semi-frequent writing (probably 2 hours a day)
The battery life is excellent - my pens last me about 10 hours before having to recharge. Recharging is done via mini-USB and can be done while syncing the pen to your PC. Firmware updates are also applied while syncing. Do make sure the firmware updates are complete before disconnecting, though - I made that error and as a result my audio files would not sync with my notes for a week. The storage space is generous. I have used this pen for a year and still have not run out of space.
The pen has numerous other functions which I admittedly have not explored. These are directed more at productivity and games through an app store. For example, one can play the piano on the pen! They are little more than gimmicks, though, and I would think that if these were a priority, you are probably looking at the wrong type of product.
In conclusion - this is a great device. The only downside with the so-so recording quality, which can be improved if you are willing to look strange doing so.
This pen is manner from heaven for anyone who attends meetings, takes notes etc. I purchased this 2 GB version for approx £150. it is now available on amazon for £127! The livescribe is a pen and dictaphone rolled into one with fantastic digital technology which makes it so much more.
What do you get in the package?
Apart from the pen itself you receive a livescribe notepad, ink refils, charging cradle and an instruction manual.
The Livescribe Pen:
The pen is graphite colured. It is the same lenth as a normal good quality pen. it is noticably thicker however. This increased girth allows the pen to contain it's 2GB memory, digital camera and LCD display. The 2GB memory holds numerous hours of recording and the digital camera which is situated next to the nib at the bottom of the pen records every mark taht the ink makes. The camera is intuitive in that it can be held over the control panel (present on every sheet of livescribe paper) to initiate functions and controls. For instance, if you would like to record what is being said whilst you are writing then you simply hold the pen over the record section of the panal for less than a second and the recirding function switches on. The pen will then record whilst you are writing. The pen is particularly clever in that when you are writing up minutes and you are not sure what your notes mean then simply hold your pen over the word and the pen will play back exactly what was being said at the time that the specific word was written. This crucially allows you to check that your notes are reprisentative of what was being said.
You can also download free software which, when the pen is docked, th pages taht are stored on the pen are converted into pages on your pc. You can then also convert the writing into typed text!
The pen comes with blue, red, green and black cartridges. These are easilly changed by pulling out one refil and slotting in another. this can be done whilst you are using the pen.
As well as the secreatarial type uses the pen acts as a calculator, both simple and scientific.
The LCD display shows the real time and enables you to run through the various settings that can be accessed by pressing one of 2 small buttons on the top of the pen. the settings include enabling the recording to be altered dependant upon the size of romm - small meeting room to lecture theatre.
There is also a mic jack at the top of the pen that enables you to connect an external microphone. I have to say that i have used the record function in a range of rooms and i have always recorded clearly what was being said.
The pen charges via a cradle that connect by USB to your pc. This is also how data is exchanged. 1 complete charge lasts for days.
There is a leather protective case that has a clear window enabling you to see the LCD screen thus ensuring that the pen is off when it is stored away.
This is a 150 sheet A4 pad. It is specialist paper. You cannot use the specialist features of the pen on any other paper. It has millions of microscopic dots which allow the pen to orientate itself as you write. The pad is ring bound and also comes with an introductory sheet of activities for you to work through the features of the pen. the notepads also have functions such as a calculator printed on them to allow the pen to be used as a calculator.
For once a gadget that is not only useful but is labour saving and innovative
Livescribe smartpen is one-thing that a student or any professional person need to carry on his or her daily note taking routine!
It is a pen, but with a twist to it. Inside the casing, exists a computer that stores what you write, and what it hears --- oh and links them together!
That makes a difference so great in magnitude that it shows a clear distinction between the era of technology we live in now and that of the late 90s'.
The pen is quite thick, but not as thick as to get you complaining about how hard it is to hold. It is extremely light, so you won't feel stressed about holding it for hours if you do.
The battery life is pretty amazing, having enough charge to get you through couple of days with moderate usage. The 2 GB memory can hold several hours of recording and scribblings!
The "search word function" in the software is amazing, and can recognise even my scribble! Although the price puts a frown on most faces, the use you may have for it makes it a justifiable purchase.
It has inbuilt piano feature that keeps me entertained when I am bored, and the translator feature is an attention grabber =)
The only drawback is the rather expensive notebooks - as the pen can only function when used in conjuction with the livescribe notebooks.
Overal score: 91%
The Livescribe Pulse Smart Pen. Amazing new technology, all built into a pen. Of course it has it's downsides, but overall the pen is very useful. I bought it last month and have been using it none stop since then, it has never failed me yet. Absolutely amazing! I was extremely surprised that this item has actually had no reviews on it.
~~What does the product do?~~
The Livescribe Pulse Smart Pen (A bit long-winded), is a pen which has amazing built in technology. The pen functions as a normal pen but it has a few extra features. Inbuilt into the pen is a voice recorder and also an infra-red camera at the tip, which records everything that you write or draw. The pen records everything that you write and attaches this to the audio file which is being recorded. The pen has an inbuilt speaker for playing back anything which has been recorded. You can also play back through headphones. The pen can then be plugged into a computer or Mac, via USB to download your audio files and written drawings or notes. You have to use special paper with the pen, which is basically how the camera works. The paper has millions of dots on it, which shows the camera where you are on the paper.
So, What comes in the box? First of all you will get a completely interactive set of instructions. You take the pen and click on each number in the leaflet and the pen itself will talk you through it! I thought that this was a very good addition to the package, a very good idea. Secondly, you will find a starter notebook, which has around 100 pages of the special paper which is needed to use the pen. Underneath the notebook you will find the pen itself, alongside a case for the pen. Alongside the pen, you will also find the USB pen charger, which is also used for downloading your audio files off onto a computer or Mac. You will find a set of Stereo Earphones and a spare ink cartridge.
The Notebook consists of 100 pages of the special paper which is used to write with the pen. The first two pages of the notebook are packed with special features for your pen, there is a full scientific calculator printed on the paper, the settings for the pen, the date an time are also on here. There is a keyboard on here, which you can't currently use. The paper consist of millions of tiny dots which helps the camera to pick up the marks that you make on the paper. Along the bottom of each page, there is the interface. It is printed on the bottom of a page and is nothing special, until you touch the buttons with the tip of the pen. The interface is used to control most of the functions on the pen. The buttons along the bottom go in this order; Record, Pause, Stop, Jump Buttons, Bookmark Buttons, A scroll bar which allows you to jump to a position in the audio which your playing back, Playback Speed (Up and Down) and finally Volume (Up and Down). To use the buttons just tap the nib of the pen on the button, printed on the paper. The pen will do the rest. The camera on the bottom of the pen picks up which button you have pressed and completes the action required.
The case is made of leather and it is in the shape of a pen. It has an open top, so it is more like a pouch to slide your pen into. The open top shows the earphone slot, which means you can play back your notes while the pen is in it's case. Near the top of the case there is a clear plastic rectangle, which allows you to see the screen while the pen is in the case. There is also a slot on the back where you can keep additional ink cartridges. The case is very durable and is a perfect fit for the pen!
The earphones are not just ordinary earphones. The earphones are designed so you can get even crisper and clearer playback than with the built in speaker. The built in speaker is good enough anyway, but this just takes it to a new level. There are tiny microphones on all sides of the earphone which allows you to get a perfect surround sound effect. It more or less sounds like someone is in the room talking to you.
The pen has many different features when writing down on paper. When you start the pen recording, make notes to the person talking or the music playing. After the session has finished and you stop the pen you can go back to your notes written on the paper and click on any part of the text, it will then play the audio which it recorded when you wrote down that part of your notes.
When you are finished you can then put these files onto your computer to access whenever you want to. Using the computer software, it will show you your notes on the computer screen and you can search these notes for specific words and then click on certain words or sentences to find out what audio was recorded at that time.
Translator - The pen has a special Translator feature which is on the back of the Demo card, in the notebook. You can set the pen to translate everything that you write. If you wrote down on the page "One" and the pen was set to translate too French, the pen would say out loud "Une".
Paper Instrument - Another feature on the demo card, it lets you draw a 9 bar keyboard on your paper and then play the piano or other instruments on the keyboard. An amazing feature added to the pen.
~~My Experiences Using The Pen~~
As I said previously, I have been using this pen for nearly a month now. It is one amazing piece of technology to use. I have recorded about 10 hours worth of notes onto this and it still has space left, showing that the 2GB memory is plenty of space. I have charged the pen up twice, averaging about 5 hours worth of audio and notes per charge, this may be just how I have used it. For me the battery life is very good and lasts long enough. Charging the Pen doesn't take very long either. One of the slight downsides for me is the size of the pen, it is bigger than a normal pen and can get pretty heavy when using it for an hour long period, but if you've got the audio there you won't need to make many notes. Another thing which really impressed me was how it managed to recognise my writing. My writing is pretty dreadful but it still manages to pick up every single word which I write, nothing left out. The playback quality is very impressive from the speaker, and even more so from the earphones themselves.
There are, however some drawbacks with this pen. You cannot write in colour, so you can't add colour to your notes which a lot of people like doing. This isn't much of a drawback for me, because I never actually write or add in colour with my notes anyway, but other people may find this a bit annoying. The more annoying bit is that you can't erase with it, if you write it on the paper, it's there permanently, you can't get rid of it! This is a bit annoying for me, because I make a lot of mistakes, so some of my pages are full of scribbles, which doesn't help because the scribbles have audio attached to them too. Lastly is the paper, you need special paper to use the pen, so you can't just use normal lined paper. The paper costs $20 (Approx. £10) for four professional notepads, the same as the one that comes with the Pen, each pad having about 100 pages to it. I have also been told that you can print your own paper, but you need a good printer and the special template from the LiveScribe website. (Edit. Checked this out. You can print your own paper, using the software provided with the pen. That is, if your printer can cope with it, which mine can't!)
The LiveScribe Pen is pretty well priced considering all of the features that it consists of. It's ground breaking technology and is starting a new way to study and learn. You will never miss a word your Boss says in meetings or your lecturer says during a lecture. The pen is £119.99 on Amazon.co.uk, which is an extremely fair price in my opinion.
Capture everything: The Pulse smartpen records audio and links it to what you write. Missed something? Tap on your notes or drawings with the tip of your Pulse smartpen to hear what was said while you were writing.