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Livescribe smartpens might be just what you need for electronic notetaking

If you’re a student swamped with stacks of folders and sheets of copious notes, or if you’re about to go to University for the first time and want get the most out of your lectures – a Livescribe smartpen can help ensure you never miss – or lose – a word. Often in classes or seminars you desperately try to simultaneously listen and make notes.

The Livescribe smartpen is the solution: every single page, paragraph and scribble backed-up on your computer, safe from loss or damage, searchable for key words at a later date and, even better, the ability to tap on any part of your writing and hear exactly what was being said in your class or lecture at that moment in time.

It also helps you learn smarter. Researchers at Princeton University found that students who handwrite their notes process information more deeply than laptop note takers who primarily transcribe what they hear. As a result, capturing notes with pen and paper leads to better performance on tests, especially those tests that require a conceptual understanding of the material

Livescribe smartpen has a family of smartpens cost little more than a good voice recorder but add far more value to your learning world. You can choose from the Livescribe 3, wifi or Echo smartpen:

The latest smartpen from Livescribe utilises and exploits the power of Apple iOS and is a perfect partner to an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch (iPad 3 or newer, iPhone 4S or newer, iPod Touch 5th Gen)

Designed by a pen designer this smartpen resembles and feels like a high end writing instrument. The pen syncs to the Livescribe+ App – available free from the Apple Apps store via Bluetooth LE. Once connected your paper notes upload to the App and are stored on your device. If you are connected to your device while taking notes you can capture and link audio to your notes. The audio is recorded on the device and uses the enhanced audio recording that Apple devices offer. Your notes will appear in on screen as you write on paper

The Livescribe Echo smartpen is great for heavy note-takers. Every single page, paragraph and scribble backed-up on your computer, safe from loss or damage, searchable for key words at a later date and, even better, the ability to tap on any part of your writing and hear exactly what was being said in your lecture at that moment in time.

The Echo has free Livescribe Desktop desktop software for data backup. Users simply plug the pen in to the PC via USB to automatically upload and save data.

Livescribe Desktop even enables users key word search for documents, the creation of custom notebooks to help organise notes, the creation of e-mail attachments of your notes called Pencast PDF’s.

This smartpen utilises the power of wifi, cloud based technology and the great note taking software of Evernote. Users take notes and audio with paper and when connected to a known wifi network, your notes and audio will automatically leave the pen, pass through the cloud and arrive in your Evernote account. Once in Evernote you can then organise and share your notes. Evernote can be accessed from nearly any devise and is format agnostic. A truly mobile platform.

Livescribe smartpens are priced from £99 for Echo, £159.99 for wifi, £129.99 for Livescribe 3 and £169.99 for the Livescribe 3 Pro Pack.

Livescribe smartpens are available in the UK from Apple, Amazon, Selfridges and www.smartpenspares.co.uk

Further info and videos on www.livescribe.com