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Who doesn’t want a Livescribe smartpen? Whether you’re a student, a journalist, attend meetings a lot, or just need to easily record writing and audio, you can make good use of a smartpen. Livescribe is the most famous maker of smartpens, and its former models — the Livescribe Echo Livescribe Echo Smartpen Review And Giveaway Livescribe Echo Smartpen Review And Giveaway If you’ve ever been in school, you know the agony of having to take notes. Whether you were using the good old pen and paper, a laptop, or even a tablet, taking notes during class... Read More and Livescribe Sky Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen Review and Giveaway [Twitter Exclusive] Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen Review and Giveaway [Twitter Exclusive] A few months ago, I took a close look at Livescribe's Echo Smartpen, and was very impressed. Having liked the Echo Smartpen so much, I couldn't imagine how it could get any better, so when... Read More — are still a brilliant way to pair audio and notes and transfer them onto your computer.

The newest iteration of these smartpens — the $150 Livescribe 3 — looks like a shiny new model, and promises to “turn your words into action”. Just like with any new release, we expected this new pen to be richer and better than older models, especially as the Pro 2GB version of the Livescribe 3 sells for $200 — as much as a 4GB Livescribe Sky. But does the Livescribe 3 deliver?

To find out, and to have a chance at winning this $150 smartpen for free, just keep reading!

Livescribe 3 — New Features, Weaker Pen

If you want to know about some other smartpens on the market, head over to our Livescribe Echo Livescribe Echo Smartpen Review And Giveaway Livescribe Echo Smartpen Review And Giveaway If you’ve ever been in school, you know the agony of having to take notes. Whether you were using the good old pen and paper, a laptop, or even a tablet, taking notes during class... Read More and Livescribe Sky Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen Review and Giveaway [Twitter Exclusive] Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen Review and Giveaway [Twitter Exclusive] A few months ago, I took a close look at Livescribe's Echo Smartpen, and was very impressed. Having liked the Echo Smartpen so much, I couldn't imagine how it could get any better, so when... Read More reviews for an overview. Focusing on Livescribe smartpens, it’s important to understand the differences between the models and the goal of each one if you ever hope to understand which one you should buy.

The oldest one of the bunch currently available is the Livescribe Echo. Arguably the most flexible one of the bunch, a 2GB version of the Echo can be had for $120 on the Livescribe website, or a bit less than that on Amazon. The Echo connects to your computer via USB cable, and can record and play audio all by itself. It uses the Livescribe Desktop software to sync your notes, where you can easily view them as pencasts — a combined version of your notes and audio. The software is available for Windows and Mac.

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Like all Livescribe pens, the Echo needs dot paper in order to work, but can also be used as a standalone recorder (if you don’t want to write), and can do all sorts of neat tricks like translations, calculations, and more.

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Moving on to the newer model, the Livescribe Sky was released 2 years after the Echo, and added an exciting new feature — Wi-Fi! Finally, you no longer needed to connect your pen to your computer in order to sync audio and notes. All you have to do with the Sky is connect it to your Wi-Fi network, and it syncs all by itself. The downside? Livescribe Sky can sync only with Evernote, so you lose the freedom you had with the Echo, but gain a pen that’s more cross-platform. It still sports its own screen, and can record and playback audio just like the Echo, as well as perform all the same neat tricks.

You can get the Livescribe Sky for $170 for a 2GB model or $200 for a 4GB model. You can even get a Propack 8GB version for $250, which comes with a 1-year subscription to Evernote Premium. You can find better prices for these on Amazon, especially for the 2GB and 4GB models.

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We now get to the newest kid on the block — the Livescribe 3. If the Livescribe Sky sacrificed flexibility in order to become cross-platform, the Livescribe 3 does away with both. In fact, the Livescribe 3 is a somewhat crippled version of the older pens, and doesn’t have its own screen or headphone jack. It can’t record audio. It can’t even sync with anything that’s not running iOS. Yes, you heard right.

While its inability to record audio means that you will never need a pen with over 2GB of storage, you will still pay $150 for the regular Livescribe 3 version, and $200 for the Pro version, which comes with more dot paper, a fancy case, and 1-year Evernote Premium subscription. However, the Livescribe 3 can’t sync directly with Evernote anymore, so don’t be confused by the offer.

The Livescribe 3 is by no means useless, however. If you happen to own an iPhone 4S or newer, or an iPad 3 or newer, it might be the right choice for you out of all the smartpens. Let’s see why.

What Does The Livescribe 3 Offer?

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The Livescribe 3 is a completely new take on the smartpen concept. As mentioned above, it does away with features such as the built-in screen and recorder, but the pen does boast several new elements. The first one is the stylus tip. Unlike former pens, the Livescribe 3 is meant to work hand in hand with mobile devices (currently only iOS), and therefore includes a nice stylus tip for navigating around your device. If you don’t already own a stylus, or even if you do, it’s nice to flip the Livescribe 3 over and use it for navigation, typing, etc.

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The stylus tip comes off to reveal a micro-USB charging port. The Livescribe 3 comes with a lithium-ion battery that’s supposed to last up to 14 hours of use. Since the pen doesn’t really do much, you get longer battery life than previous smartpens.

While it’s nice to have the port hidden from view when not using it, it’s way too easy to misplace the stylus tip while you are using the port, so watch out.

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On the other side of the pen, you’ll find another new feature — the retractable ink tip. The Livescribe 3 turns on when you rotate it, and by doing that, you’re also extending the pen tip. When you turn the pen off, the tip retracts into the pen, so you don’t need a cap to protect it.

This is all nice and dandy, but it also means that the pen has distinct on and off positions. If you leave it on, it will stay on. Even after forgetting and leaving it on for almost an hour, the pen still didn’t turn itself off, which might not be the most efficient thing battery-wise.

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The pen itself is pretty slick, and while it’s still thick for a pen (it still has to house the battery and infrared camera), it’s a bit easier to hold than former models. The writing experience is nice and smooth. Since there’s no screen, there are no adjustments to be made whether you’re a righty or a lefty.

The Livescribe 3 sports a multi-color LED that indicates what your pen is doing. For example, when the LED is flashing green, the pen is in pairing mode. Solid blue light means its paired, and solid red light means it’s in recording mode.

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The Livescribe 3 connects to your iOS device via Bluetooth. In order to use it, you need to download the free Livescribe+ app from iTunes. The pairing is automatic and quick, although you might have to update the pen’s firmware before first use. This process is not very long, but don’t let your device go to sleep in the middle of it, as it will stop the update.

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We now get to the best part of the Livescribe 3: immediate syncing. Once paired, you can start writing notes on your dot paper, and these will immediately appear on your iOS device. If you want to create a pencast like you could with he older versions, you’ll have to resort to audio recording through your iOS device. The Pencasts work the same way they always did, but if you find that your iOS device is not the best method to record a lecture, you’re pretty much stuck. In addition, I did find that audio and text were not synced properly at times, and one time, no audio was recorded at all.

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If you’ve ever used the Echo or Sky smartpens, or even read about them, you know all about dot paper tricks. Dot paper is the special paper all Livescribe pens need in order to work, and former models came with all kinds of features and functions to play with. These made use of the pen’s inner speaker as well as the infrared camera. You could write stuff, tap it, and get answers. This is no more.

The Livescribe 3 comes with a feature-less dot paper notebook. The only things you can do is start, pause and stop a recording (this activates the recorder in your iOS device via Bluetooth), and star, tag or flag items on your page. The latter feature is somewhat useful, but not always very efficient. Sometimes, if you’re too quick about it, it won’t let you star one item and then flag another while writing — the second one will be both flagged and starred. This is not always the case, though.

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Each notebook page also includes three additional buttons bearing numbers. These are meant to serve as shortcuts, and were really useful with the Livescribe Sky. Here, they do nothing. This is a “coming soon” feature. Disappointing.

This about sums up everything you can do with the Livescribe 3 smartpen. Fortunately, the Livescribe+ app offers some additional features.

The Livescribe+ App

Available only for iOS at this time (other platforms coming “soon”), Livescribe+ is where all your notes appear magically as you write them using the Livescribe 3. Each page of your dot-paper notebook is represented as a page in the app, and you can view these through the “Pages” tab. Any text that has audio accompanying it will appear in green, and tapping anywhere on it will send you to the “Pencast” tab where you can listen to the audio recorded at the time of the writing.

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The “Feed” tab is where things get interesting. The Livescribe+ app tries to separate your writing by line. Each line gets its own little compartment, and some actions you can perform on it. Swipe from left to right, and your written notes turn to digital text. As long as you don’t try this on drawings and keep your handwriting fairly legible, it works quite well. You can also swipe from right to left to delete a segment.

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Once in digital text, you can type in additional text into the cell or fix text that was not recognized correctly. You can also perform some other actions such as sharing, adding to reminders, and more. If you’d like to write in a different language and have the app transcript it, you can download some more languages through the preferences menu. These include French, Spanish, Italian, German and Chinese.

Sometimes, your notes turn into links when you convert them into digital text. This happens when the text is a date, but it sometimes happens regardless of what you write. On paper, you’re supposed to be able to tap these links and get some additional actions, but this is next to impossible. I was able to do this once with a date, and got the option to open the date in my calendar or add an event on this date. This is quite useful, but as I said, almost impossible to do. Endless tapping on the link simply selects and de-selects the segment.

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If you want to share entire pages from Livescribe+, you can export them as PDFs which anyone can open anywhere. If, however, you want to share pencasts, this becomes more of a challenge, as PDF readers can’t actually play these. At the moment, you can either open pencast PDFs on Livescribe+ itself or on a Beta online app called Livescribe Player. This player completely refused to work on Firefox, and while it went through all the motions on Chrome, it didn’t work there either, at least for me.

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Living With The Livescribe 3

Were this the first iteration of Livesrcibe smartpens to hit the market, I would have probably loved it. After all, the way your notes are immediately transferred onto your iOS device is pretty awesome, and having your device record audio on top of them is quite neat. That is, if you’ve never seen a smartpen before.

As it stands, the Livescribe 3 is so crippled when compared to previous models, I can’t help but be disappointed. The most crucial issue is the iOS-only compatibility, and the smartpen’s complete reliance on Bluetooth. Admittedly, seeing a Livescribe+ app released for Android, Windows and Mac would be great, but even then, you’re going to need Bluetooth in order to sync, which not all computers have.

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The pen’s inability to record audio on its own is also a big problem, as you always need another device lying next to you if you want to create pencasts. In my case, the only iOS device I own is an iPad, which I barely take out of the house. If I want to record a lecture with the Livescribe 3, I now have to lug my iPad around and place it in a good spot to record the lecture. Not sure it’s worth the hassle.

Should you Buy The Livescribe 3 Smartpen?

The Livescribe 3 is a good-looking pen with some nice features, and it really does simplify the process of converting written notes to digital format. However, it feels more gimmicky than useful most of the time. The use case for it is very specific, and if you happen to need exactly these features, and happen to own an iOS device which you take everywhere anyway, you’ll enjoy it.

Otherwise, you may find that you made a useless $150 purchase, and that you’re better off with the more complex and feature-rich Sky, or even with the Echo, which is still a solid buy, and a more affordable one.

Our verdict of the Livescribe 3:
MakeUseOf recommends: Skip it.
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  1. Morrison
    May 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

    ... function just like a ink pen.

  2. Rodel S. Mercurio
    May 9, 2014 at 2:29 am

    My ideal smartpen would be able to write anything that i want.

  3. Charlie
    May 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Make my comments smarter.

  4. Becky Downey
    May 8, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Understand my scribble, WRITE first time!

  5. Francesco Fiorino
    May 7, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    would be able to project previous saved text in every area

  6. Stephen Leonard
    May 6, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Sign cheques!

  7. Angie
    May 6, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Spell check :)

  8. Rebecca S
    May 6, 2014 at 6:05 am

    I would be able to write better than I do know. Love this.

  9. ProfessAndObey
    May 6, 2014 at 5:00 am

    ...able to read my writing.

  10. Joseph Lartey
    May 6, 2014 at 12:26 am

    do a spelling check

  11. Treen G
    May 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    be able to write my name and sign things when told to lol

  12. Stian H
    May 5, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Serve me beer

  13. KAren E. Hill
    May 4, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Tell me what to write instead of me thinking about it. LOL

  14. kh
    May 4, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    androidThe ideal pen would just take whatever I've written and automatically scan into my computer in sentence form so I can just pick it up and continue working.

  15. Mike Kozseluha
    May 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    write me a cheque for one hundred billion dollars !!!!

  16. nikki robak
    May 4, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    everything this pen does

  17. Victoria Ess
    May 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Convert my handwriting into typeface without error!

  18. Zoran
    May 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    to write

  19. Gaurav B
    May 4, 2014 at 3:42 am

    everything that this pen is already doing...

  20. Ronald Cason
    May 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    ...transition my hand-written notes into usable text that I could then manipulate into various formats and/or functions.

  21. Lloyd V
    May 3, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Write on any paper, be thin and light, cross-compatible and power smart.

  22. Alex
    May 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

    to digitize my writings and translate them into different languages in different data formats

  23. isterico89
    May 2, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I will use it to draw and transferred via all about iPad and pc :)

  24. Rob
    May 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    write on paper, but even tablets, and record/stream. Auto correction of words would be useful.

  25. Al Sam
    May 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    stream as I write to other devices.

  26. greg
    May 2, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    understand my handwriting!

  27. Matthew W
    May 2, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    do my homework...

  28. Giuseppe P
    May 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    write and read

  29. Rick Iannotti
    May 2, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    A spell check would be nice

  30. Bogdan
    May 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

    ... writing by my mind.

  31. Mishaal F
    May 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

    my ideal will be able to write whatever i am saying..... lolz

  32. Carol Oddy
    May 2, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Record messages and write out sentences as spoken.

  33. Lorri
    May 2, 2014 at 3:27 am

    I love all of the features of this pen. The only thing it needs is a light so you can see the page when you write in the dark.

  34. nitin
    May 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    project images too.

  35. Amine D
    May 1, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Auto correct my words

  36. D-J Russell
    May 1, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    It would be able to write on plain paper & stream live to a phone, tablet or PC via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

  37. Kendra
    May 1, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    complete my thoughts! :)

  38. Richard Bonifacio
    May 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    ...write what I'm thinking.

  39. ???????? ?
    May 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    ...work wherever I want it to

  40. Igor S
    May 1, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Write a letter

  41. Igor S
    May 1, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Write a letter

  42. Dharmik M
    May 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    auto correct

  43. Bill
    May 1, 2014 at 7:33 am

    everything I imagine

  44. Timothy C
    May 1, 2014 at 6:42 am

    My ideal smartpen would work on any paper and be able to store the drawings and notes and stuff locally so I could sync it up later.

  45. El C
    May 1, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Wifi enabled would be nice.

  46. Jack
    May 1, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Write a letter.

  47. Harish A
    May 1, 2014 at 5:55 am

    and ideal smart pen should be able to take the dpi very accurately and also keep smooth line or as they are drawn and not much delay

  48. jose benavides
    May 1, 2014 at 5:53 am

    for it to play music in wifi..

  49. Thomas Stachelski
    May 1, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Never used this tech but would like to give it a go.

  50. DAN J
    May 1, 2014 at 2:58 am

    ...read my mind and write structurally sound thoughts onto my tablet.

  51. Steve
    May 1, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Perfect for the classroom!

  52. Mukola Obizuyk
    April 30, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Can work on any kind of papers

  53. Victor Obizuyk
    April 30, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    scan any text to your device

  54. Aadarsh Jung Thapa
    April 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    create them kick ass drawings that i'd do on paper on screen!!1111

  55. Vladislav G
    April 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I think the ideal smart pen should be able to transfer or scan any text to your device.

  56. Dave Wells
    April 30, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Do what the Livescribe 3 Smartpen can.

  57. Adam
    April 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    can play music D:

  58. Thomas Vase Jensen
    April 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    write

  59. Sam K
    April 30, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    My ideal smart pen should be able to write, draw, transcribe, and do everything possible,

  60. Sourabh
    April 30, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Detect text that I am writing and save as a document and not as pictures. Also, should be smart enough to know what the context means and style it properly like, use monospace for code and big beautiful text for headings, add proper spacing. That's a pen I want.

  61. Colin H
    April 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Take pictures and change handwriting into text that can be documented on a computer.

  62. Beh H
    April 30, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Be able to write on any surface + makes my handwriting looks better!

  63. Sergey
    April 30, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Can work on any kind of papers

  64. linu george
    April 30, 2014 at 10:34 am

    have a light saber attached as protection!

  65. Mai T
    April 30, 2014 at 10:07 am

    My ideal smart pen would be able to turn into a spoon/fork/straw.

  66. Nikica T
    April 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

    be just like its advertise!

  67. Magnolia B
    April 30, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Really cool!

  68. Csanad SZOVERFI
    April 30, 2014 at 9:24 am

    besides being able to read my fast handwriting to be lightweighted and ergonomical, to have a long lasting autonomy, and maybe record sound too.

  69. Roxy Meto
    April 30, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Can write with more than one color !!

  70. Denis K
    April 30, 2014 at 8:37 am

    reproduce my thoughts without my participation. and, preferably, go to the store for beer

  71. indrajeet
    April 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

    need one which can translate

  72. Leon G
    April 30, 2014 at 8:10 am

    My ideal smartpen would be able to make my handwriting look much better.

  73. Jasmin Q.
    April 30, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Can work on any kind of papers !

  74. Nancy B
    April 30, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Would work with my Android tablet not only ios !!!

  75. anay
    April 30, 2014 at 6:41 am

    my ideal smartpen would be able to write in clear air a-la a handheld 3d printer, but with light. my ideal smartpen would have a lightsaber built in. take that obi wan!

  76. Darrell Bowman
    April 30, 2014 at 3:54 am

    allow me to take notes on paper, then save them to OneNote !

  77. Mehul B
    April 30, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Record whatever I write down

  78. MikeB
    April 30, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Operate with bluetooth .

  79. Oakes8585
    April 30, 2014 at 3:04 am

    my ideal smart pen could be used as a wireless remote for my phone or tablet

  80. Aaron
    April 30, 2014 at 2:48 am

    be useful enough to be used daily.

  81. Donna R
    April 30, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Be used in connection with my scanner, printer, copier, etc. It might as well have the ability to proofread & correct any errors any document, form, or the like used in connection with my smartpen.

  82. Bill Fleet
    April 30, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Correct my grammar on the fly.

  83. Zero
    April 30, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Make phone calls and record voice.

  84. Ismael R
    April 29, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    My ideal smartpen would write on paper and be compatible with Android. This one kinda flunked out and those ends. (But a win is a win. ;-p)

  85. MarkTGT
    April 29, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Be able to read my terrible handwriting.

  86. Steve Montgomery
    April 29, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Capture audio and operate sans Bluetooth.

  87. Stan
    April 29, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Put my ideas down in electronic format...

  88. Rebecca Z
    April 29, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    The pen recognizes anything I write and gets transferred right to the device, which means I would be able to access my notes from anywhere. I do not have to worry about anything happening to my notes.

  89. gtoliver
    April 29, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    My ideal smart pen would also include earphones

  90. raon
    April 29, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Make everyday uses for everything

  91. Jarred S.
    April 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    My ideal smartpen would be compatible with android.

  92. Charles Mills
    April 29, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Make me leap tall buildings in a single bound, get me a beer and make me a sandwich.

  93. James Rowe
    April 29, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    My ideal smartpen would also offer whiteboard functions that I can project from my computer monitor

  94. Jon Heil
    April 29, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Work like an auto stabber and right to the point!

  95. Kendall S
    April 29, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    to keep what i write

  96. Julian
    April 29, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    ..handle all note taking including audio notes.

  97. Lori
    April 29, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    ....quickly recognize and adapt to my handwriting.

  98. Gord
    April 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Recognize words as I write and offer suggestions without auto correcting them.

  99. paul
    April 29, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    also record audio.

  100. Elizabeth K
    April 29, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    great for my son who could use it in class

  101. Abdelrahman
    April 29, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Have a small tip.

  102. Isaac C
    April 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    It would be handy to drop quick idea

  103. Creslan Williams
    April 29, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    not drop connection and be comfortable to use

  104. Mike
    April 29, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    This would be great for my daughter in school, due to the portability!

  105. JeffC
    April 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    transcribe what I write to typed text.

  106. Todd Sims
    April 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    save me a lot of headaches!

  107. Salvador H
    April 29, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    get answers to the world

  108. Kim M
    April 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    My ideal smart pen would be able to connect with wifi, be used with any OS but more importantly, would use regular paper.

  109. effe
    April 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    i'm gonna have it

  110. DanQ
    April 29, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    work as a stylus, be compatible with Android and work with graph paper as well as dot paper

  111. Anne F
    April 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    work on my book I'm writing

  112. Anthony R
    April 29, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Save my notes as I write them and be able to keep revisions.

  113. Evan
    April 29, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Work with any OS.

  114. Sayed I
    April 29, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    remember what I wrote (strokes), work with android and any other tablet, record sound simultaneously.

  115. Wendy Owen
    April 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Help me with my daily agenda, I have so much to do that I can't keep up!

  116. Ian Wingrove
    April 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    My advice to anyone who is considering buying a Livescribe 3 don't its rubbish not once have I been able to connect it to my iPad as for other Livescribe pens I also have an Echo another waste of money to fiddly & complicated desktop programs buggy have to have special notebooks all in all totally impractical both lying on my desk testament to waste of money

  117. Mihir C
    April 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    My ideal smartpen would be able to write what I say!

  118. Dany Bouffard
    April 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    write precisely.

  119. Dee B.
    April 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Sounds like a step up from the dollar store pens I'm using now! =-P

  120. Emiliya
    April 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    My ideal smart pen would be able to read people's minds and grant me 3(or more) wishes!

  121. Torsten Nielsen
    April 29, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Work on its own - no need for special paper either.

  122. Kelly Rivett
    April 29, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I could dictate my notes to it as well so I wouldnt have to write them. Save some time. Have a digitize option to make it editable as well.

  123. Adly A
    April 29, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Can really recognize what I write and convert it to standardize font. :D

  124. Nicolas D
    April 29, 2014 at 9:57 am

    should be able to write on paper, but also in 3D. And while it's doing that, it should also transfer it to my computer, so I can use it later on.

  125. sun
    April 29, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Transform into an autobot and drive me home.

  126. Frederick Bassett
    April 29, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I would take it with me to my professional development classes to take notes and get rid of all the paperwork

  127. Abderrahmane Z
    April 29, 2014 at 9:10 am

    it would help me to write and do everything and everywhere.

  128. thiagu
    April 29, 2014 at 8:41 am

    should be able to draw & write digitally, will be good if it can be used as joystick and mic.

  129. David S
    April 29, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Work with all of my devices to upload whatever I have written, drawn or whatever. Also have huge amount of memory to store everything over a long period of time and long battery life.

  130. Ron M
    April 29, 2014 at 8:05 am

    My ideal smart pen would be able to do my homework for me while I played video games. Which would also make it a time machine pen since I haven't done homework in like 20 years. Yeah, homework doing time machine pen please!

  131. achim welker
    April 29, 2014 at 8:02 am

    ... would be able to read my thoughts and transfer them without any manuell interference to paper AND Computer :-)

  132. Srini
    April 29, 2014 at 7:56 am

    ideally be able to work features as available in livescribe, and additionally be able to act as a part of the smartphone - displaying alerts etc. also integrate with google glass to provide written commands!

  133. moorandro
    April 29, 2014 at 7:53 am

    to sync with any device within a disctance, create 3D print :D

  134. William Gailey
    April 29, 2014 at 7:52 am

    another cool feature might be a motion sensor that can interpret musical orcastrations

  135. William Gailey
    April 29, 2014 at 7:47 am

    My ideal smartpen would be able to only be powered on when in use, have a 10hr battery life, be able to transmit anything i write into a file over BT through the vpn (essentially a bridged connection on the phone) my phone is hooked up to on a ftp. Record audio and stream it to the same file and sync it with the writing (I talk to myself making mental notes as I write) be trackable over the internet through a cloud service like prey that tracks devices. have a single tone speaker (nothing fancy) so if I were to use the service or an app on my phone I could locate it in the house easily. have a second BT antenna so it can sync to speakers and local networks.

  136. Avi Agarwal
    April 29, 2014 at 7:40 am

    My Ideal smartpen was have cross OS compatibility and would not need any speacial paper to work. Oh, and handwriting recognition.

  137. Rafael B
    April 29, 2014 at 7:29 am

    My ideal smart pen would be able to work without special paper and record everything I write, whenever I write.

  138. Marko
    April 29, 2014 at 7:17 am

    My ideal smart pen would be able to recognize my handwriting and also be able to work with any paper.

  139. Puneet M
    April 29, 2014 at 7:12 am

    my idea is to create an imaginary world

  140. Bill Maginnis
    April 29, 2014 at 7:09 am

    My ideal team would be able to work on both Android devices, iOS and Windows RT devices with smooth writing, variable widths for drawing, etc.

  141. Milos D
    April 29, 2014 at 6:36 am

    My ideal smartpen wuold be abale to change ordinary pen in everyday life.

  142. Jo-anne P
    April 29, 2014 at 5:52 am

    my ideal smartpen with multi-task and work with all commands voice, written and any o/s

  143. Johncee D
    April 29, 2014 at 5:52 am

    My ideal smart pen would be able to digitize my writing without requiring special paper or gestures. Perhaps it would be an intelligent stylus for use with a tablet computer.

  144. Junil M
    April 29, 2014 at 5:29 am

    to copy exactly what I type and can sync my typing to my various devices.

  145. Johnna Rhodus
    April 29, 2014 at 4:41 am

    My ideal smart pen would be able to work without special paper!

  146. Angie Waggoner
    April 29, 2014 at 4:24 am

    It would interact with my phone & tablet & sync all together

  147. Suresh V
    April 29, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Record everything I write and wherever I write.

  148. Andrei B
    April 29, 2014 at 3:48 am

    The ideal smartpen for me would be the one that can actually make my handwriting inteligible. : ))

  149. Shacha G
    April 29, 2014 at 3:44 am

    my ideal pen would be look like a normal pen in work on any surface and work between Desktop OS and Smartphone OS

  150. Vic L
    April 29, 2014 at 3:36 am

    The ideal smart pen when you do all the task without limiting your usage in specific OS.

  151. Keith K
    April 29, 2014 at 3:34 am

    My ideal smartpen would be able to read my crappy handwriting and turn it into editable text via personalized OCR. Why stop there... It should just fix my handwriting too!

  152. Jim Morgan
    April 29, 2014 at 3:19 am

    operate intuitively without constant referral to instructions.

  153. Naama Shalom
    April 29, 2014 at 3:19 am

    My ideal smartphone would be able to answer my questions without the need of writing them down- just by voice.

  154. Angela in AR
    April 29, 2014 at 3:00 am

    My ideal smartpen would be able to work without the special paper

  155. TRUNG NGUYEN
    April 29, 2014 at 2:36 am

    ... have similar functions of a smartphone.

  156. Bare B
    April 29, 2014 at 2:33 am

    WORK FOR MY DAUGHTERS HOMEWORK???? WAIT KIDS DONT WANT TO DO HOMEWORK,,,,,,

  157. Endracion
    April 29, 2014 at 2:28 am

    To automatically answer equations and work off of any paper!

  158. Mick Gillies
    April 29, 2014 at 2:28 am

    have multi format functions and be weather and shock proof

  159. Julie
    April 29, 2014 at 2:25 am

    My ideal smartpen would be able to work across my iOS and Android devices.

  160. Ashley M
    April 29, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Work on all systems

  161. Fjohn R
    April 29, 2014 at 1:44 am

    I own the Livescribe3 and a predecessor. I'm disappointed and don't recommend it for numerous reasons. It over-promised and under-delivered.

  162. Brandon Bethea
    April 29, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Write underwater messages during my shark dives:)

  163. Wilbert Yong
    April 29, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Write and transfer all the written notes into pdf in major platform

  164. Alain D
    April 29, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Link to paypal for check writing!!

  165. Ruth Ness
    April 29, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Cook dinner for the family. Well, maybe at least help with making the shopping lists :)

  166. Brian
    April 29, 2014 at 1:21 am

    read my thoughts

  167. Cheryl
    April 29, 2014 at 1:17 am

    ...be able to neaten up my handwriting!

  168. Andrew
    April 29, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Work as a smartpen, stylus, and regular ink pen, and connect to any device and never need recharging.

  169. Hussain Punjani
    April 28, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    a companion pen that'll last me through the years and provide me with joy

  170. Dmitriy S
    April 28, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    translate!

  171. Keith W
    April 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Function as a tablet stylus and a normal pen.

  172. Nikhil N
    April 28, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Wireless connectivity,should function as normal pen,all smart things. :-)

  173. Sa J
    April 28, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for the review. I have the original Pulse pen by Livescribe. My first one had its display fade. It took longer than a year for the display to fade, but Livescribe did replace the pen with another Pulse. Overall, I like the pen, but my hand starts to hurt after prolonged use. I imagine with all the problems they've had with the display (Pulse and Echo), they decided to scrap that feature. Check out the support site for more info.

  174. Dan D
    April 28, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    easy to use and functions also as a real pen.

  175. Va D
    April 28, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    multitask as well as work physically and digitally on any surface and device.

  176. Daniel V
    April 28, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Would be able to be compatible with Android & Windows Phone, would be able to solve math problems: for example: you'd write "1+1" then the tablet would instead of putting "1+1" would put "2".

  177. John Ewell
    April 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Edit, organize, transcribe and translate via voice command.

  178. meryem
    April 28, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Easy uploads via Wi-Fi

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