Livescribe’s Pulse Smartpen is not your typical pen. This digital storage unit not only traces what you write, but it also records everything you say. This full note-taking system is no joke. With a storage capacity of 4 GB, the Pulse goes above and beyond the limitations that pen and paper pose by serving as a digitized solution for recording voice and storing hand-written notes.
How does it work? With a mix of well-built hardware, software, and some special paper. And now, the Pulse’s creators are following a trend in the hand-held market by offering apps.
The device itself looks unremarkably large. Thick all around, this black ink pen comes with an infra-red camera, a charge base, a mono speaker, a microphone, an OLED display, and a 2.5 mm headphone jack. Significantly larger than most pens, users will have to get used to the size and lack of clip, which make it far too easy to roll off a table or desk.
Don’t worry, you’ll get used to the thickness. The Pulse Smartpen’s retail price starts at $150 and goes up from there for more storage capacity.