The Livescribe Smart Pen is a useful tool capable of recording audio and text, and then have it transferred to a computer through a USB docking cradle.
At first glance the Smart Pen looks like a very oversized pen and that’s because it contains an ARM processor along with a host of other digital accessories including a built-in speaker, headphone jack and OLED display. While writing, the infrared camera in the tip scans special dot-covered paper at 72 Hertz and records everything you scribble down.
At the same time, users can record audio through two noise cancelling microphones located near the top of the pen. For extra noisy environments, the Livescribe comes with special 3D recording headphones which, according to company reps, can record a whisper from the back of a noisy auditorium. Recorded audio is synchronized to the text for easy playback.
The Livescribe will be available in March in a 1GB ($149) and a 2GB ( $199) model. More information and a couple of videos can be found at TG Daily.