Monday, July 19, 2010

Echo: The Evolution of the SmartPen

We have already discussed the Livescribe Pulse Pen several times on this blog (see "A look at the Livescribe Pulse Pen"; "Sample Livescribe Notes and Recording: AT for Writing"; and, "MyScript for Livescribe Pen".

Well....get ready for the next generation of SmartPen - the Echo! The Echo has all the features of the Pulse Pen (mainly the ability to record audio information that is synced to written notes on the specialized notebooks) and expands on those features with some exciting new enhancements.

First, the Echo comes in a a 4GB and 8GB model. The 4 GB model will sell for $169.95 and the 8GB model will sell for $199.95. The 2GB Pulse Pen will still be available and the price will drop to $129.95
Some of the new features of the Echo pen include:
  • Elimination of the specialized docking cradle. The Echo comes with a mini USB port to connect directly into a computer for transfer of files.
  • Standard size headphone jack (3.5mm)
  • New & improved shape. Less round than the Pulse Pen (not as likely to roll away!) and more contoured to fit hand.
The company has also announced some upcoming software updates (expected to be available in the fall), which include:
  • Paper Tablet - This feature enables the pen to be used as a digitizer when connected to a computer.
  • Ability to share recorded notes with others as a PDF document.
  • The ability to share pencasts with others via iPhone and iPad.
Finally, check out this resource document that lists 45 educational uses for the Pulse Pen! The document is broken up under the headings of: Student Use, Teacher Use, Parental Use, and Administrative Use.

Do you have other uses for the Pulse Pen? Leave a comment below and share your experience.

1 comment:

  1. I need to be able to transcribe my echo pen recording. I thought that I could do this with Dragon naturally Speaking. I purchased the software, but have no idea how to make it work. Please help.