Calling the new Livescribe Sky a pen is like calling your iPhone 5 a phone. Technically the Sky is a writing instrument, but it has about as much in common with a pen as your iPhone has with an old rotary dial telephone.
The Sky lets you write and draw on paper, and it then uploads your notes wirelessly (no computer required) to your Evernote account. From there you can immediately access them from your iPad, iPhone, Mac or any device with a browser.
This is neat enough, but you also get to record audio in sync with your notes (great for lectures and interviews), you can plug in headphones or a mic/headphone headset for binaural recordings, you get a built-in speaker, 2, 4 or 8GB storage, a tiny OLED display, a microUSB hole and a Wi-Fi radio.
Not bad for a “pen”, huh?
Notes taken show up in your Evernote account as soon as they are uploaded. You could enable tethering on your iDevice if you’re away from a network, or just wait until you get back in range.
This looks like the most natural way to get handwritten notes into Evernote, joining the Evernote Moleskine notebook (which you need to capture with your iPhone’s camera) and the multitude of handwriting apps for the iPad which can export to Evernote.
It’s also the most expensive, starting at $170 for the 2GB model, rising to $250 for the 8GB version. That’s like ten Moleskine notebooks right there.
- Via Trunk Spotlight