So you want to take hand-written notes but you don't want to transcribe them onto your computer? No problem. Livescribe's new Smartpen 3 is a magic note-taking tool that automatically translates your scratches and scrawls through an iPad or iPhone app.
When you write notes in a Livescribe notebook, it instantly ports them over to the Livescribe+ iOS app. Don't you wish you had one of these in college? The pen has a built-in microphone so you can grab sound, too. It also doesn't need a Wi-Fi connection like the second-gen pen, because this one works over Bluetooth. And it's prettier than previous versions -- it's sleek and black and looks almost like a Mont Blanc pen.
One of the coolest features of the Smartpen 3 is it will automatically convert your hand-written notes to typed ones. And say you have a date or an address written down -- It'll hyperlink that so you can automagically open a date in iCal or a location in Maps. Additionally, the app will let you add photos and other files, and it can convert your notes into PDFs instantly for easy sharing over email, text, Dropbox, and so on.
The Livescribe Smartpen 3 will be available in November. A basic model (including the pen and 50 sheet starter notebook) will cost £129.99, while the more expensive package contains the pen, a 100 page leather bound hardback notebook, an extra ink cartridge and a year's worth of Evernote premium for £169.99.