'Smart' pen makes a mark

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen captures whatever is written on paper and records audio as well

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'Smart' pen makes a mark
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By  Vineetha Menon Published  September 16, 2009

Tired of transcribing hours of an interview or lecture? Livescribe has the answer - a smartpen that can capture what's written on paper and transfer it to a computer.

The Windows and Mac compatible Pulse Smartpen captures pen strokes made on a special notebook (bundled with the product) using an in-built camera, and also records audio through an integrated microphone. Once the Smartpen is connected to a computer through a USB charging cradle, Livescribe’s Desktop software transfers audio and ink from the device to your system.

It leaves you with a 'digital notebook' that contains all that you've written down and heard. Nice.

But nice will cost you - It's selling at iStyle and CompuMe stores in the country, and online through Souq.com, for AED 769 (1GB) and AED 969 (2GB).

According to Tarek Nabulsi, business development manager at TSA General Trading (Livescribe’s official distributor in the region),
interest in the product is encouraging with 45 units sold in just two weeks.

What's even better is a separate software by Livescribe's partner Vision Objects that can convert your handwritten notes into text that can be copied to different apps like Microsoft Word. The downside is that it needs to be purchased separately online for $29.95 (AED 110).

Perfect for students (and journos!).

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