Like any other gadget in the market you may wonder: Does it work? How reliable it is?
Should I buy it? and I'm hopping to answer all this questions for you today.
Does it work?
Yes it does, the way it works is by a combination of a camera attached to the pen and a special dotted paper which allows the camera to track the movements while you write, and it tracks the results pretty accurately.
How reliable it is?
I have to admit that it is pretty good tracking your writing, which I will illustrate with the the first two paragraphs of Harry Potter.
Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense.
Mr. Dursley was the director of a firm called Grunnings, which made drills. He was a big, beefy man with hardly any neck, although he did have a very large mustache. Mrs. Dursley was thin and blonde and had nearly twice the usual amount of neck, which came in very useful as she spent so much of her time craning over garden fences, spying on the neighbors. The Dursleys had a small son called Dudley and in their opinion there was no finer boy anywhere.
|Real version (paper)|
|Digital version (tablet)|
Ignoring my terrible handwriting skills, the digital version of it is extraordinarily good compared to what I have on the paper, once you have it there, you can turn it into digital text to copy, edit, etc. Note some mistakes during the conversion because the app was not able to understand my writing (and I don't blame it).
NOTE: Results may vary according to your handwriting and writing habits, for example I don't put much pressure on the dots above the letter i and sometimes the pen was not recording that, but as soon as I noticed it and started adding more pressure to those little dots the problem disappeared.
Something that I would like to highlight are how to handle writing errors... like with any other pen, if you made a mistake, you either strike out the mistake, use liquid paper or other alternative, well with the Livescribe is similar.
The only way I have found to correct errors -without re-writing the whole page again- is to delete the block where the mistake was made on the app, and then write over, since using liquid paper will prevent the camera to detect the dots on the paper.
Should I buy it?
There is no doubt this is a very particular gadget for a very particular audience with very particular needs, if you are part of this selected group go for it!
If you are planning to uses the Livescribe for quick notes and small messages... you should not buy it since all the setup and syncing process may take longer than using regular paper/pen or sending a quick email.