Livescribe 3

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  • 2014

  • Product
    Consumer Electronics

Designed By:

  • Whipsaw, Inc.

Commissioned By:

Whipsaw, Inc.

Designed In:

USA

Livescribe 3 is a pen computer for digitizing notes, handwriting capture, and simultaneous audio recording. It instantly syncs everything you write on paper directly to your iPhone or iPad, making your notes much more useful because they can be organized, tagged, searched and converted to text. Livescribe 3 looks and feels like a premium pen. Below the pen nib is a tiny camera that tracks what you are writing on the accompanying “dot paper”, allowing you to go back to a note later, tap on it, and hear the audio recording from the exact time of writing the note.


  • CHALLENGE
  • SOLUTION
  • IMPACT
  • • An elegant steel clip (integrated in the back end) clips to a pocket plus it prevents the pen from rolling on a table. A power LED resides on the peak of the clip. • A bullet-shaped touchscreen stylus used to tap notes onscreen is on the back of the pen. Under this stylus is the recharge USB. • The twist ring in the centre of the pen has a fine pattern to aid grip and to add sophisticated detailing. The action/tactility of this twist ring is impeccable. A chrome tip on the front highlights the writing end and camera opening.

  • Livescribe 3 is a landmark product because it blends design and technology into an incredibly useful communication tool. It combines all four modes of communication (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in the simple and convenient format of pen and paper - but then transfers and digitizes your notes instantly on your smart phone or tablet.

  • It is a joy to use because the hardware and software experience are so seamless and natural. As you write a note with the balanced smooth pen, it magically shows up on your iPhone in real time. You can then tag the note, convert it to text, add imagery, send it via email, etc. To hear the exact lecture or conversation when you wrote the note, just tap the note on your iPhone. The simple design never gets in the way of this holistic and enjoyable experience.