With tablets these days and apps such as Evernote and Paper, we guess the need to use pen and paper might soon be a thing of the past, but at the same time there is just something about writing with a pen and paper that is comforting and familiar, not to mention sometimes a tad more efficient when you need to quickly jot down something where writing on a piece of tissue is faster than pulling out your phone or tablet and launching an app. This is where the Livescribe 3 smartpen comes in. The Livescribe 3 smartpen is essentially a pen that allows the user to write down notes on a piece of paper, after which the information written on the paper will be transferred to your mobile device as a digital copy via Bluetooth.

This is thanks to a special Livescribe dot paper that can record what is being written, transferring the information instantly as you write it to the Livescribe+ app. The pen itself will also sport a built-in microphone, allowing the user to dictate notes or capture audio when writing is not possible or when it will not be fast enough. Available in two variations, the Livescribe 3’s first option will be priced at $149.95 which will include the pen, a 50-sheet Livescribe notebook, a USB charging cable and an ink cartridge. The more expensive package, priced at $199.95, will include the pen, a 100-sheet hardbound journal, a charging cable, extra ink cartridge, along with a one-year subscription to Evernote Premium. The Livescribe+ app is currently iOS-only, but an Android version is currently in the works. [Press Release]

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