Livescribe’s Echo Smartpen Gets Social and More Connected
By PCWorld Video
At a Glance
Thinner and more comfortable than the Livescribe Pulse
Increased storage capacity for same price as the Pulse
Fun and useful way to take notes with audio
Ability to add features via Livescribe app store
New USB port location allows usage as input device
Ability to share notes and audio via pencast
Password protection for sensitive audio files
No bundled writing-to-text transcription app
Still a bit bulky
Requires special paper to work
The latest addition to the Livescribe smartpen family is sleeker, better-looking, and has more memory than its predecessor. New tricks include password protection, an app store, and the ability to function as a USB-connected input device.
Livescribe’s Echo smartpen has been revamped to include shortcuts for sending notes to popular Web services, such as Facebook and Google Docs. The entry-level 2Gb version now costs $99, and the new line of pens features the ability to make interactive “pencast” PDFs that animate recorded handwriting and synced audio.