Archive for July, 2010

Livescribe Launches Echo™ Smartpen

Livescribe just announced Echo, the newest addition to its award winning lineup of smartpens! Available in 4GB  and 8GB  models, Echo captures everything users hear and write and provides quick and accurate access to important information by simply tapping pen to paper.

Not only does Echo feature a sleek, ergonomic design, rubberized grip and standard headphone and USB jacks, several software enhancements were also launched with Echo. Software updates are available for both Pulse and Echo customers and include:

  • Launch Line: a new way to access and launch applications in seconds
  • Password protection: ensures recorded audio on your smartpen remains private and safe
  • Custom smartpen name: name your smartpen (or include contact information) so that when turned on identifying the owner of a smartpen is easy
  • Custom notebooks: group and organize notes quickly and easily (similar to creating a playlist in iTunes)
  • Pencast import/export: save and share pencast files locally to your desktop or a server. Notes can be sent to others as an integrated audio/notes as an attachment. Anyone with the Livescribe Desktop software (free download online) can now open, view and interact with a native Livescribe file
  • Pencast Player from Livescribe on Apple iPad, iPhone and iTouch: enables users to access pencasts anywhere they go with a simple touch (free from the iTunes store later this summer)

With the launch of Echo, we are also previewing new communication and collaboration applications that will be available this fall. Connect software allows users to send notes, audio and Pencast PDFs directly from paper to email addresses, online sites and other popular third-party consumer, education and business applications. Livescribe is also introducing collaboration software, Paper Tablet, that lets consumers communicate in real-time, directly from a Livescribe notebook to a Mac or PC using an Echo smartpen and a standard micro-USB cable.

Interested in using Echo in your classroom or district? Education pricing and special components (not available at retail) are available through the dedicated education sales team– to learn more, please contact us at or 510-553-4948 for more information.

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Back from ISTE – Did We Meet YOU?

The team is back from a very successful ISTE in Denver, Colo. We had the chance to meet many enthusiastic customers on the show floor and were busy showing educators and administrators what smartpen technology can do for their districts. Eight lucky attendees were given Pulse smartpens and we even had some time to record a few customer testimonials (see below).

Also, a big thank you to everyone who attended our breakfast at The Curtis Hotel. In case you missed it, Livescribe CEO and founder Jim Marggraff started off the presentation with a brief demo of the Pulse smartpen. He welcomed Sue Glascoe (community college math instructor, Livescribe customer and avid pencaster) on stage to show how she is using the Pulse smartpen in her classroom. (Click here to see an example and here to read her blog post about ISTE.) Holly De Leon and Andy Van Shaack were also on stage, outlining Pulse’s national adoption in education – 12,000 units in schools so far – and some of the efficacy study work we’re doing. A thought provoking Q&A with Jim concluded the session thanks to some great questions from current and future customers. It seems everyone wants to know what’s coming next!
We LOVE hearing how you’re using the Pulse smartpen in your classrooms. Post your Pulse smartpen stories here (as a comment) or on our Facebook page. For now, we’ll leave you with a video of James Gates telling us how the Pulse smartpen is making a difference in math and how it differs from other educational solutions. Notably, he talks about how Pulse allows you to record a lesson once but teach it again and again.

There also are two more videos featuring Jessica Aubry from St. Martinville Junior High in Louisiana, which has used Pulse for the past six months. In the second video, Jessica explains how students who are absent, or just would like to review an example from class, can instantly access pencasts of their teacher’s lessons. Jessica also describes how special ed students who need audio reinforcement are using Pulse.

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen Customer Testimonial – James Gates @ ISTE 2010

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen Customer Testimonial – Jessica Aubry @ ISTE 2010 (Part 1)

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen Customer Testimonial – Jessica Aubry @ ISTE 2010 (Part 2)



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