Livescribe Inc. today has come up with the Sky wifi smartpen, the first digital pen to integrate WiFi technology and cloud services.Sky digitizes everything consumers write and hear and automatically sends it to their personal Evernote accounts, where it is securely stored and readily available to search, play back, organize and share. Perfect for today’s on-the-go world, everyone from busy executives to students can conveniently access their written notes and recorded audio directly from paper, as well as on all the tablets, smartphones and computers they use.
With the Sky wifi smartpen people don’t have to choose between writing on paper and writing on a tablet – they can have the best of both worlds. It is an ideal companion to an iPad or Android tablet. Together it offers the ease, flexibility and precision of writing on paper with the benefits of saving, searching, replaying and sharing on a tablet.Evernote gives people a secure place to instantly store and organize their most important ideas.
Any content created and captured with the Sky wifi smartpen wirelessly syncs with Evernote as a new searchable and shareable note. Once in Evernote, customers can easily play back their synchronized notes and audio, called pencasts, with the new web-based Livescribe Player, which requires no installation. The Livescribe Player not only allows them to start at the beginning of an audio recording, but it also allows them to jump directly to a specific point in time just by tapping or clicking on a handwritten word or drawing.
In addition to reviewing pencasts on their computers and mobile devices, consumers can also can search, share and organize all their notes.The Sky wifi smartpen works with both Evernote (free) and Evernote Premium and can be linked to new or existing Evernote accounts. Sky includes an additional 500MB of monthly upload capacity (up to 70 hours of recording time) for content created with the smartpen.
Evernote’s vibrant developer community contributes many valuable applications and services to its overall platform. Now these developers can also integrate content created with the Sky wifi smartpen into their apps and services. One noteworthy example is Transcribe Me, an audio transcription service using the latest transcription technology and crowd sourcing techniques to provide high-quality audio-to-text conversion for Livescribe customers. Transcribe Me is currently developing an Ever note integration that is expected to be available shortly at competitive prices.
It will be available to the U.S. market, at Best Buy, Fry’s, Apple stores and many college campus bookstores, as well as online at Livescribe.com, BestBuy.com and Amazon.com. The 2GB Sky WiFi smartpen records around 200 hours of audio and is $169.95. The 4GB Sky wifi smartpen records around 400 hours of audio and is $199.95. The 8GB Sky WiFi propack is offered exclusively through Best Buy and Livescribe.com. It records around 800 hours of audio and includes Livescribe’s smartpen portfolio and a one-year subscription to Evernote Premium for $249.95.