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Livescribe 4GB Echo Smartpen Review

Livescribe 4GB Echo Smartpen Review


Livescribe Echo Smartpen Review | Livescribe 4GB Echo Smartpen


Livescribe Echo Smartpen Overview

The Livescribe 4GB Echo Smartpen represents a fascinating input device that intersects the real with the virtual giving the user the feel of pen on paper with the productivity, flexibility and communicability of the digital world. Moreover, it aims to reduce stress and improve work efficiency through being able to record, store and upload to a computer audio and written work in an easy and straightforward manner. The main marketing points include:

  •  Amazing portability. In effect, all you need is the Echo Smartpen and notebook paper; meaning you don’t have to have the hassle of lugging around a laptop to take notes or record video or sound. Also, it does away with the trouble of having to locate a power socket or the problems associated with whether the cord will be long enough to reach the socket.
  •  All in one solution. It allows you to record everything you write, say or hear with the ability to save, store, catalog, search and organize the notes and recordings easily and quickly at a convenient time later from your computer.
  •  Focus. It enables you to focus on the important issues or concentrate on the speaker/lecturer/client whilst the details can be captured in audio and accessed at a later time. Leaving little reminder notes during a recording will enable you to go to the specific points and hear the comments being made at that time.
  •  Cross referencing and the ability to link audio recordings to the notes with a ‘point and play’ technology. Simply tap the notes and the appropriate audio will sync with the chosen word. Editing is easy and additional points of interest can be added later.
  •  Sharing. Because the data is available in digital form, it can be shared easily through various media such as e-mail, social networks like Facebook, mobile devices, transferred to CD/DVD or USB/Pen drives, uploaded to the cloud or can even be embedded in a blog or webpage.
  •  Backup. You not only have the physical notebook containing your written notes but you have a digital version that can be copied to ensure safe backup of your important work.

Basic Principles

Once you have recorded or written your notes it’s a simple process to plug the Echo Smartpen into a USB port via the included Micro USB cord, and the software on the computer will pull the audio and notes; such that each page is an exact scan or ‘Pencast’ of your written notes. You can print your notes, email or manipulate them in various ways.

The files are in a special format that can be easily shared online with others who might be interested through LiveScribe’s community website. In addition, the written files can also be saved in the web standard PDF format, meaning that they can be shared with an even wider audience. For example, you can write and record a real-time narration in the notebook (this term refers to  Livescribe’s specially formatted pads of paper as described below in ‘Functionality’) and then upload the Pencast to Livescribe Online and publish it. If you choose to make the Pencast public, you simply select that option from the website, then copy and paste the link for the Pencast into emails to friends or associates for viewing at their convenience.

Livescribe 4GB Echo Smartpen | Basic Principles

Livescribe 4GB Echo Smartpen | Basic Principles


Potential Users of Livescribe Echo Smartpen

The potential uses and applications for this computer pen device are considerable. It certainly has appeal to numerous professions and businesses such as secretarial work, writers, teachers, journalists, coders, architects, lawyers, academics, to name but a few. The ability to record and never miss those important points in lectures, training sessions, tutorials, meetings, interviews or use it for any brainstorming or coaching session, or even use it as a fantastic revision tool to improve exam results are all highly attractive propositions.

If we take the teaching profession as an example, a teacher could record homework hints for their students, create tutorials for problem solving, and record solutions to post and share on the web. Alternatively, a lecturer could let an able student take notes using the Echo Smartpen and any students absent during that class can be e-mailed the notes after the lessons allowing them view the material and print out a hard copy if required.

The question we hope to answer in this Livescribe 4GB Echo Smartpen Review is whether the reality lives up to the marketing hype?

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