This allows users to replay portions of a recording by tapping on the notes they were taking at the time the recording was made. The microphone is the foam-like material on the left of the image. How do you know if the pen is recording? Archived from the original on August 21, Notes and audio can be sent to other users as a “pencast” through the Livescribe Desktop software. For example, in , Delta Air Lines accused the manager of Atlanta’s airport of using a Livescribe pen to illegally record a meeting of city and airline officials without their consent.

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Retrieved August 25, This page was last edited on 22 Novemberat A Desktop SDK for Microsoft and Macintosh operating systems was also promised, to allow developers to access files stored on the pen. For US customers whose smartpens are out-of-warranty, the company offers replacement options that allow customers to purchase a fully warrantied replacement pen for a discounted price.

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Livescribe – Wikipedia

As with all Anoto pattern-based pens, the smartpen can only determine its position on the page when used with paper pre-printed with the dot pattern.

As you move the pen, the camera records the positions of the dots on the page. It is also possible to select which portion of a recording to replay by clicking on the relevant portion of a page on-screen, once it has been synced to the Livescribe Desktop software.


The recorded information moves through the pen’s circuitry along a printed circuit board PCB and a ribbon cable. The pen can store the data in its memory, or it can connect to a USB dock to skart the information to a computer. The built-in microphone on the pen can pick up small amounts of noise from writing on paper, and adjacent smarrt noise is often louder than a far away speaker. The electricity required to perform all of the pen’s functions comes from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

The smartpen’s portable size and audio recording capabilities have led some people to question the ethics and legality of using the device. Retrieved March 10, The OLED fades after one livezcribe three years, making the pen significantly more difficult to use because it is no longer possible to see if the pen is on or not and customers need to rely on the audio feedback alone.

Livescribe has provided a livescribbe forum at the request of Linux users. However, the company has taken advantage of ongoing improvements in OLED technology and, as of January 1,now offers a 3-year warranty on new smartpens including the discounted replacements.

Retrieved August 5, See how this smartpen works. You can’t have a pen without ink!

When used with Anoto digital paperit records what it writes for later uploading smaet a computer, and synchronizes those notes with any audio it has recorded. When the pen is in its charging dock, power travels down a USB cable, into the pen and through its circuitry to charge the battery.


Oakland, CaliforniaU. The City of Atlanta concluded uplse investigation of this matter the following year and failed to find sufficient evidence that the airport manager intentionally sought to record the airline’s private conversations.

The microphone is the foam-like material on the left of the image. A built-in microphone can pick up sounds and store them in the pen’s memory. In JulyLivescribe announced the closure of its third-party developer program.


Retrieved July 20, pulsd Some users have livescribee that ambient noise can be a problem. Archived from the original on March 5, Inside a Livescribe Pulse Smartpen. To listen to your recording privately, plug your earphones into the earphone jack at the end of the pen.

In order for this smartpen to make a digital recording, the pen uses an infrared digital camera. Headphones for the Echo must be purchased separately. From March through JulyLivescribe soldHandwriting recognition functionality is provided by a third-party application, MyScript by Vision Objects Inc. On April 27,Livescribe announced the winners of the Developer Challenge: