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M.I.S.S. Techcessories: Livescribe Echo Takes Notes, Saves Trees


Shopping lists?  World domination plans?  The Livescribe Echo can record them all...and then some!

Shopping lists? World domination plans? The Livescribe Echo can record them all...and then some!

If you’re anything like me, you probably have notebooks and random scraps of paper filled with daily musings, various lists, and fanciful penguin doodles.  That’s all well and good, but have you ever stopped to think about the things that suffer most from your habit.  You know…things like trees?  Yeah, that paper doesn’t just come from thin air, and many a tree has died due to your writing/doodling addiction.

Well flora and fauna everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief  now that Livescribe has introduced the Echo, a smart pen that digitizes written notes.  You write your notes on Livescribe’s sheets of paper and the Echo captures everything you’ve written.  An audio record feature also lets you store what you hear, including lectures or voice memos.  Everything can be accessed by either tapping the pen at any point on the sheet of paper or using Livescribe’s proprietary desktop software.  Livescribe plans to increase the functionality of the Echo in the future with Connect, which will allow you to email notes, audio and PDFs from the smartpen when connected to a Mac or PC, and Paper Tablet, which will turn your Echo and Livescribe paper into a Wacom like tablet.

The Echo is available in 4GB and 8GB models that can record 400 and 800 hours of data respectively.  The 4GB version will run you $170 while the 8GB version is priced at $200.

Peep the vid below to see the Echo in action.


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