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Livescribe: Never Miss A Word – Pulse Smartpen Review

In 2005, a new company by the name of Livescribe was formed, and today we have neat little pen called the Pulse Smartpen a ballpoint pen with an embedded computer and digital audio recorder. How will this Smartpen revolutionize the way we take notes? Read on for more.

In times like these, where everyone is sprouting out with the latest gadgets and using electronic devices to replace those old and passe conventional equipments, Livescribe’s Pulse Smartpen enters the market at just the right time. Gone are the days where people uses pen and paper for taking notes. Pop into any lecture hall now, and you find people whipping out their digital camera and snapping pictures not of the professor, but what is on the screen; or find people crazily typing into their laptops to replicate word for word of the lecture.

Designed to combine the best of both worlds in terms of note-taking via written and spoken, the Pulse Smartpen are aimed at students as well as professionals that requires capturing of what is written and spoken simultaneously. With just a light tap on what you have written, you also hear what was being said. Simple? Yes it is.

But, you can’t do it on just any paper, it has to be their specially developed paper. The bright side is, you can even transfer them into your computer and convert into digital text.

Lets take a look at the specifications before we move on.


Product Design

Sleek ergonomic design with anodized aluminum housing

Titanium color with silver band & black accents




96×18 OLED Display


High speed infrared camera (over 70 images/sec)


1GB NAND (over 100 hours recording time)*

2GB NAND (over 200 hours recording time)*

4GB NAND (over 400 hours recording time)*

* Actual available memory will be less. Recording time varies by audio quality setting.


300 mAH rechargeable lithium (non–removable)

Audio – Record

Smartpen embedded microphone – mono recording

3–D Recording Headset – binaural or stereo recording

Audio – Playback

Embedded speaker

Audio jack (2.5mm) for 3–D Recording Headset

PC Connectivity

USB mobile charging cradle

Size & Weight

Length: 155mm (6.1 in.)

Width: 14mm or 0.55 in. (bottom) to 16mm or 0.63 in. (top)

Weight: 36 Grams (1.3 oz.)

Desktop Software
Livescribe Desktop Computer Desktop Software 

  • Page Viewer to search, view and replay notes
  • Export function for local transfer of your notes and audio as PDF or audio files
  • Smartpen & application management
  • Gateway to your account, store, and online community

System Software

Livescribe Paper-Based Computing Platform with Anoto Technology and Java Development Environment

Development Tools

Software Development Kit (SDK)

Dot Paper

Interactive Dot Enabled Paper with Dot Positioning System (DPS)

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