Livescribe 3 smartpen Range Launched into New Zealand

For our New Zealand customers, the following press release was distributed yesterday in relation to the general release of the Livescribe 3 smartpen.

Auckland – May 1st, 2014Livescribe Inc. today announced the New Zealand release of the Livescribe 3 smartpen, the fastest way to make handwritten notes useful on a tablet or smartphone.

This latest addition to Livescribe’s line of award-winning smartpens is designed as a premium writing instrument, with the look and feel of a quality ballpoint pen combined with the intelligence of a mobile device.

Customers simply twist a ring on the elegant black and chrome smartpen to begin writing and watch their words and diagrams appear in the companion Livescribe+ mobile app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The Livescribe 3 smartpen lets people:

  • Write on Livescribe dot paper and watch everything appear instantly on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices with Bluetooth Smart wireless technology.
  • Use the built-in microphones on a tablet or smartphone to create interactive “pencasts” that synchronize recorded audio with written notes.
  • Convert handwriting to text to create tasks, reminders, contacts and calendar events.
  • Add photos and text memos to notes to add context and clearly communicate details.
  • Share written notes, photographs and diagrams as PDF files over Mail, Messages, Evernote, Dropbox and other apps.

The Livescribe 3 smartpen captures everything written on Livescribe paper as soon as it starts up, and then transfers that content to Livescribe+ when the app opens. This allows people to take notes with just a smartpen and notebook, and then do more with that information on their mobile device later.

“People shouldn’t have to choose between their pen and their digital devices. The Livescribe 3 smartpen sends everything they write on paper to their tablet or smartphone, where our mobile application makes this information useful in truly innovative ways,” says Gilles Bouchard, CEO of Livescribe. “It’s simply the most elegant and versatile pen we’ve ever made.”

The Livescribe 3 smartpen’s wireless connection allows for easy pairing and instant transfer of notes with very low battery drain, enabling the Livescribe 3 smartpen to capture information for 14 hours between charges. The Livescribe 3 includes a capacitive stylus cap to control the Livescribe+ app, and Swiss-made, premium ballpoint cartridges to use with any Livescribe paper notebooks. Livescribe 3 is compatible with iOS devices that are Bluetooth Smart Ready, including the iPhone 4S or later, third-generation or later iPad, iPad Mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch or newer. The free Livescribe+ mobile app is available from the App Store for devices with iOS 7.

Mark Parker, head of sales and distribution for Livescribe NZ says smartpens are growing in popularity:

“This clever technology helps people save time by modernising and digitising the practice of paper based note taking, which is proven to be more effective for comprehension and learning than typing notes directly into a laptop or tablet.
“Smartpens are growing in popularity in New Zealand and we get fantastic support from learning institutions, some corporates and even charities. The technology is benefiting different groups of people like teachers, busy executives, students and those involved in special education and training,” he says.

The Livescribe 3 smartpen is available in New Zealand from and preferred IT resellers for NZD 249 (inc GST), including a sleek black-and-chrome smartpen and 50-sheet Starter Notebook, as well as a micro USB charging cable and a black tungsten carbide medium-tip ink cartridge.

Livescribe 3 smartpens new zealandThe Livescribe 3 smartpen Pro Edition, is priced at NZD 329 (inc GST), and includes a leather smartpen portfolio with a 100-sheet hardbound journal, a one-year subscription to Evernote Premium, the charging cable and an additional ink cartridge.

Pen and paper notes become more valuable when they are available on the digital devices people use daily, and Livescribe offers products for all scenarios. The new Livescribe 3 smartpen connects to mobile devices with Bluetooth Smart wireless technology, while the WiFi smartpen uses wireless cloud syncing straight to Evernote, and the Echo smartpen connects via a USB connection to a Mac or PC, providing the perfect solution for any device.

For more information on the Livescribe 3 smartpen, visit Smartpen New Zealand.

About Livescribe

Livescribe brings notes, words and ideas to life. Livescribe smartpens make it easy to connect paper and pen to the digital world and fundamentally change the way people capture, access and share what they write, draw and hear. Livescribe’s family of smartpens includes the Echo smartpen, the WiFi smartpen and the Livescribe 3 smartpen.
Research study

If you’re taking notes on a laptop, you’re not getting the full picture, according to new research published in Psychological Science. The study shows that even if laptops are used strictly to take notes, typing notes hinders students’ academic performance compared with writing notes on paper with a pen or pencil – people may take in-depth notes when typing, but their comprehension of what they’re hearing suffers dramatically.

A Livescribe smartpen allows someone to write by hand on paper, while also creating a digital copy of their notes they can access on laptop or smartphone…and even an audio recording linked to written notes, so someone can hear exactly what was said when they wrote the corresponding note.

Media contact

For New Zealand media enquiries please contact: – 021 790 475

TriplePoint PR for Livescribe: – (415) 955-8500

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