Livescribe smartpen enhanced notebook launched by Moleskine

Does the combination of Livescribe smartpen technology and traditional Moleskine notebooks sound like a match made in heaven to you? Well the two firms have got together and have just announced new Livescribe Notebooks by Moleskine which “combine iconic design with innovative technology for a handwriting experience that takes the practice of note-taking to new frontiers”.

How do they work? The writing in one of these new Moleskine journals is used to bridge analogue and digital. The Livescribe 3 smartpen connects to your iOS device via Bluetooth and sends each pen stroke in real-time to the screen using the Livescribe+ companion app. The notebook features two bookmarks printed with smartpen buttons and controls and the book’s ivory-coloured and acid-free paper offers a clean and crisp writing experience. The paper has a hidden dot pattern embedded which ensures accuracy in the handwritten to digital note positioning.

Livescribe Notebooks by Moleskine

Livescribe Notebooks by Moleskine

“There’s something magical about writing on paper with a pen, it opens up your imagination and allows you to expand your thinking beyond the constraints of a keyboard,” said Gilles Bouchard, CEO of Livescribe in an email today. “With these new Moleskine notebooks and a Livescribe smartpen, you can tap into that inspiration, and store everything on your digital devices too.”

On your iOS device you will be able to convert handwritten notes into editable text you can cut, paste and otherwise use – for a Tweet or an email perhaps.

Other Livescribe devices including the Livescribe Sky wifi smartpen and Livescribe Echo smartpen are said to work with the Moleskine notebooks with updated software installed. Also remember that Livescribe pens can also digitise sound so you can save audio in your digital notebook.

The Livescribe Notebooks by Moleskine cost US$29.95, €29.95 or £23.50 and are available immediately in limited quantities.

Mark Tyson

Mark has worked for a number of years as a newshound on other technology news websites. He decided to write for Tech Assimilate thanks to this web site's open embracing vision of the fascinating world of personal technology. Mark has also worked in the printing and advertising industries for tens of years previously.

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