In the last 100 years, the human race has evolved technology by leaps and bounds. In the 1900’s, we saw transportation move from horses to cars. We saw the Wright brothers take flight, and just a little over 50 years later, we landed on the moon. We’ve seen giant super computers give way to our little tiny smartphones. The growth has been substantial to say the least.
There are a few things however, that have remained for the most part the same. In this KHQ TeQ Talk, I’m going to tell you how an item you use everyday, has now made the next step in its evolution: The pen.
Pens have been around for about 5000 years. Reed pens have been dated back to about 3000 BC. The Dead Sea Scrolls were written with bird feathers dipped in ink, or a “quill pen.” Though a few modifications have been made over the years, the technology has remained somewhat the same. You take a fairly sharp object, dip it in ink and place it to paper. I guess the biggest revolution in the pen industry came in the late 1880’s, when the first ballpoint pen was patented. The big advancement on those was that you didn’t have to dip your pen anymore, the ink was inside of it. Since then, it’s been pretty quiet on the pen front. Until now.
Livescribe has come out with the 3rd generation of the SmartPen, and this version has not only nailed what it set out to accomplish, but it is the next big thing in pens.
“How exciting can a pen be?” you might be asking. Well, it turns out, a lot.
Livescribe’s Smartpen is the ultimate tool for someone who is constantly taking notes, writing reminders, or meeting new people. Livescribe has taken the old way of writing in a journal or notebook, and combined it with the modern way of using an iPad or iPhone.
All you have to do is download the Livescribe app on your iPad or iPhone and sync it with the Smartpen. From there, you are ready for your note taking.
For me, the Livescribe Smartpen is perfect because I’m always writing down little poems or lyrics for songs, but I’m also always losing the paper that I’m writing on. So let’s just say I am walking along and all of the sudden my next great song pops in my head! I can pull out the journal, which consists of real paper, grab my Smartpen, turn it on and begin writing the rambling going on in my head. Through Bluetooth technology, the Smartpen instantly takes the ink on my paper and turns it into writing on my iPad! And what makes it even better, is that if I have a melody in my head that accompanies my lyrics, all I have to do is push the record button in the journal, and sing it along as I write it out! So now not only do I have the lyrics, but if I forget how the melody goes, all I have to do is click on the writing on the Livescribe app and it automatically plays it back for me! No more forgetting songs!
This setup is perfect for college students. When I went to college, I still had the little tape recorder. Had I had the Livescribe Smartpen, I could’ve been taking bullet point notes while recording my professor, and if I had a question later on while studying, I would only need to tap on the note that I took, and I would be transported back to that exact moment in the lecture to get the clarification that I needed. And if I can’t read my writing, the Livescribe app also has the capability to turn it into computer font for easy reading!
Businesses, students, singer/songwriters, writers, the Livescribe Smartpen is really perfect for anyone who takes notes or needs to organize their ideas. And with the Bluetooth Smart wireless technology, the Livescribe 3 Smartpen gives you over 14 hours on continuous writing between charges. If Herman Melville were alive today, he could write Moby Dick using the Livescribe 3 Smartpen in just one or two charges! Call Me Ishmael that’s fast!
The pen comes in two options, and you can also buy all the supplies you’ll need for it on Livescribe’s website. For more information to all the questions you may have, click this link: http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/smartpen/ls3/