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  • Captures over 200 hours of recorded audio or 32,000 pages of notes. (Actual available recording time varies by audio quality setting)
  • Instantly play back your recorded audio by tapping on your notes to listen to the information you captured
  • Share your recordings and notes with anyone privately or publicly with 500MB of free online storage for your recorded audio or notes
  • USB connector to transfer notes and audio to your Mac or PC
  • Audio jack and 3-D Recording Headset for far-field recording
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Product Description

Product Description

Capture Everything - The Pulse smartpen records audio and links it what you write. Missed something? Tap on your notes or drawings with the tip of your Pulse smartpen to hear what was said while you were writing.<br/><br/> No Need to Lug the Laptop - The Pulse smartpen automatically captures everything as you write and draw. Transfer your notes to your computer, organize them, and even search for words within your notes. Find what you want in seconds.<br/><br/> Share Your Notes - Transform your notes and audio into interactive movies. Upload your creations online for everyone to see, hear and play.<br/><br/> What You Get<br/> • The Pulse smartpen (1.3 ounces, anodized aluminum housing)<br/> • 2 GB of memory (actual user available memory will be less)<br/> • Livescribe Desktop software (download)<br/> • 3-D Recording Headset<br/> • 50 sheet dot paper lined notebook<br/> • USB mobile charging cradle<br/> • Smartpen case<br/> • 1 black fine point ink cartridge<br/> • Interactive Getting Started Guide<br/> • Tips & Tricks Guide<br/><br/> What You Need<br/> • Windows XP™ 32-bit SP2 or higher, Windows Vista™ 32 or 64-bit operating system, or Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.5.5 or newer <br/> • 600MHz CPU or higher<br/> • 300 MB minimum free disk space<br/> • Available USB port<br/> • Internet connection<br/><br/> The Pulse smartpen works only with Livescribe dot paper.

From the Manufacturer

Taking notes and getting it right has never been easier at work or in class. The Pulse™ smartpen from Livescribe™ records everything you hear, say and write, while linking your audio recordings to your notes. Later, just tap your handwritten notes to play back what was said at that point in time. Spend less time writing and more time listening, knowing that you’ll find what you need when you need it.

Notetaking has never been easier.
Notetaking has never been easier.
Access Pencasts on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Access your pencasts on your laptop,
tablet, or smartphone.

Easy Access to Your Audio & Notes

Ideal for meetings, conferences, or classes, this compact and light productivity tool is as easy to carry as traditional pen-and-paper, but smarter. Replay your audio recordings any time, anywhere, with a quick tap on your notes or drawings.

2GB of Memory: Room to Store Recordings, Notes, and Applications

Whether you're digitizing your notes and audio, or adding additional smartpen apps you'll need storage space; with 2GB of memory, your smartpen has plenty to get going right out of the box. An 2GB smartpen can hold over 200 hours of audio*, thousands of pages of notes, or dozens of applications.

Save, Organize, and Search

Using the free Livescribe™ Desktop software, you can easily upload, save and play back your interactive notes and audio recordings from your PC or Mac. Use the search window to find specific words or phrases — Livescribe Desktop will highlight every place you wrote them in your notes. You can also organize your digital notes simply by dragging and dropping pages in to custom notebooks, or export them into other applications like Evernote®.

The Livescribe Pulse™ smartpen.
The Livescribe Pulse smartpen
What's a Pencast?
Some of the smartpen apps
A variety of smartpen apps to choose from.

Send and Share Your Notes Easily

Share your notes or recordings publically or privately as a PDF, audio file, or a pencast. Send them with email, embed them in a webpage, or post them directly on Facebook. You can also access pencasts on your other mobile devices through the Livescribe Community or with our free Pencast Player app.

Included Smartpen Applications

Your Pulse smartpen comes loaded with applications ready to work right out of the box:

  • Nav Plus: a 5-way navigation and menu system for scrolling through menu options
  • Quick Record: record audio without using dot paper with just a press of a button
  • Quick Calc: Write an addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problem on dot paper and get the answer on your smartpen screen
  • Launch Line: launch your favorite app by writing it's name
  • Password: protect your recorded paper replay sessions with a 4-digit number
  • Smartpen Name: personalize your smartpen and set it apart from other smartpens
  • System Utilities: multiple language support, time, date, storage info, and battery charge

Customize Your Smartpen with More Apps

The possibilities for expanding your smartpen's functionality are endless with a variety of free and paid applications.

Enhance your productivity and learning with the American Heritage® English Dictionary or the American Heritage® Spanish Dictionary. Transcribe your handwritten notes into editable text by adding the MyScript for Livescribe app. Learn travel phrases in a foreign language. Get help studying geometry, organic chemistry, or guitar chords. Play games like Blackjack, Hangman, or Sudoku.

How Livescribe dot paper works
Dot paper at work: like a GPS for your smartpen.

Livescribe Dot Paper

Livescribe dot paper uses regular paper printed with a unique pattern of tiny microdots. This tiny pattern works a lot like a GPS system for your smartpen. It allows a smartpen to capture everything it writes or draws on dot paper.

Livescribe smartpens only work with Livescribe Dot Paper, so we've created a variety of dot paper sizes and types: College-ruled Notebooks, Lined Journals, Blank Journals, Mini Journals, A5-sized Notebooks, Flip Notepads, and Sticky Notes. You can even print your own dot paper for free from within Livescribe Desktop on many printers.

What You Get

  • The Pulse smartpen (1.3 ounces, anodized aluminum housing)
  • 2 GB of memory (actual user available memory will be less)
  • Livescribe Desktop software (download)
  • 3-D Recording Headset
  • Starter dot paper notebook
  • USB mobile charging cradle
  • Protective soft smartpen case
  • Interactive Getting Started Guide
  • 2 ink cartridges

What You Need: System Requirements

  • Windows XP® 32-bit SP2 or higher, or Windows Vista® 32 or 64-bit, or Windows 7
  • Intel Mac with Mac OS X® 10.5.5 or newer
  • 600MHz CPU or higher
  • 300 MB minimum free disk space
  • Available USB port
  • Internet connection

Livescribe smartpens work only with Livescribe dot paper.

*Actual recording time varies by audio quality setting.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 0.8 x 0.8 x 6.2 inches
Item Weight 1.3 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
Manufacturer Livescribe, Inc
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number APA-00003
Customer Reviews
3.1 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #57 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Input Devices > Digital Pens
#136 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > Digital Voice Recorders
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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This is an excellent pen in its own right - extremely reliable right up until the cartridge runs out of ink, but additionally adds a great deal of utility in terms of being able to do voice recordings and get what is essentially a movie of yourself writing while recording sound. The pen is tremendously under-marketed by Livescribe and (in my opinion) most people are not really made aware of its full potential. The only way to really get what it's capable of is to watch some of the video reviews on Youtube.

Features I would like to see on future pens include better battery monitoring (currently, the meter is a little inaccurate), ink level monitoring and a small, compact tool for removing spent ink cartridges. Also, it would be nice if I could charge the pen with something more common like micro USB rather than the proprietary dock.
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After using the pen for a week or so (and loving it), the battery would no longer hold a charge. I contacted Livescribe customer support and for several times over a period of 3 to 4 weeks they kept telling me in different ways that I need to make sure it is plugged in right. I would respond to each suggestion with all of the steps that I had done using different computers and configurations just to wait 3 for 4 days for another email suggesting that I make sure it is plugged in properly. Not once during the month or so did anyone suggest that Livescribe actually repair or replace the unit. While it was 'alive' I loved it, but be warned if you have a problem with it, you might be out of luck.
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I was looking for a digital-notepad that I can use while attending meetings, etc to take notes. I looked at a number of different solutions, and came across this product at J&R store. Purchased it, and figured I would return it if I didn't like it.

Let me tell you, I am amazed at the technology and the thought that has gone into building this product. You have two options: taking notes, and taking notes with audio.

You can start writing, and it will "record" and transfer your writing into documents once you sync with your PC. You need to your their paper, and that is probably the only downside. To be honest, I do not know how they could provide some of their features otherwise.

You can "click" on record, and start writing. Their paper has a record button at the bottom of every page, and when you move your pen over it, it recognizes it and it starts recording.

Now, start typing, and it will record as you type. Stop recording, and it will remember what was recorded while you typed. So, if you tab the pen somewhere on the paper and it will replay that exact time of the recording. Simply amazing, and it words flawlessly.

Connect the pen to your PC, and it will synchronize your documents and recording. You can do the same replay on your desktop, convert to PDF, print, save, etc. You can upload and convert the entire session into a flash to be viewed by anyone!

The icing is the applications that you can purchase for the pen. The pen is a small computer that you can install applications such as a dictionary, calculator, etc. You install the English-Spanish dictionary, and write a word down on paper. It will translate it you Spanish!

There are a whole slew of applications for this pen.
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I am currently using my third pen. My first - defective, would not charge. Worked great for one lecture, uploaded easily, I fell in love with the product. Went to the next lecture, all battery life was gone and was unable to recharge it due to some error. Those previous notes are only notes now; any new pen does not read your old notes. That lecture - nice hand written notes, but that is it.
New pen #2 - worked great for one lecture, upload no - pen will not communicate with the computer. Unlike most people commenting here, I think the only thing this company has going for it is the nicest customer service staff. I think they went and interviewed for Miss Congeniality, not that this helped me in any way get my pen to work.
They sent me pen #3, same error message. "Oh, you think maybe it's the cable?" "Oh no lady, we must go through hours of on the phone time with you and solve NOTHING." Next lecture - pen didn't work at all. "Oh, it just needs an update!" "Really, that would be great if it could connect to the computer!" 15 days later I have still not received the new cable they are sending me.
I want to love this product. The only thing keeping me from the satisfaction of pitching this against a brick wall and watching it smash is that it would make my warranty void. I think in five years this will be standard technology. I think I jumped on the bandwagon a little too soon.
Keep an eye on this, but don't buy it yet - unless you have lots of free time to invest in case yours doesn't work.
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I've owned the Pulse 2GB pen for about a year now and have used it heavily for note-taking, so I do have some experience with the product at this point. It's a great idea, and when it works, it's definitely a four-star device (not five for reasons I'll mention in a moment). Problem is, it's so unstable and so likely to lose your data/handwriting/recordings that it's at best a 2.5-3 star device.

Big Cons:

- The software is really, really, really unstable and slow
- It's based on .NET and ONLY works with particular .NET versions/service packs
- The frequent software updates tend to directly erase your data/recordings/pen
- Or they cause your pen to stop being recognized at all or cause immediate crashes
- And customer service will then erase your data/recordings/pen with "special" fixes
- In short, each time you dock the pen, it may take all your data with it
- Thus totally useless for critical work, at least under Windows XP or Windows 7

Minor Cons:

- Very fat; hurts your hand to write with it too long
- Silly design: No cap, no clip, round so it rolls and falls to the floor
- Uses a nonstandard USB "dock" that you can't carry with you
- Uses a nonstandard headphone jack that isn't compatible with normal headphones
- Runs out of ink very quickly and requires expensive LiveScribe-only refills
- Paper is also rather expensive
- Doesn't quickly/easily archive to any standard format
- To get common file formats, you must click/export one page at a time
- Searching/indexing takes a VERY long time (like 3-5 minutes per page)

Basically, this device is a great idea but what we see from Livescribe is poor execution. Another company with great design and software engineering skills (i.e.
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