Livescribe’s beautiful new smartpen turns pen and paper into apps and pixels

We may be constantly staring into our phones and laptops, but Livescribe CEO Gilles Bouchard says pen and paper are more popular than ever — and he has data to back it up. We want to write and draw the way we always have, he says, but we also want all the sharing, instant access, and searchability that come with our many apps and websites. So Bouchard and Livescribe set out to build a device to bridge that gap, and today it’s announcing the result — the new Livescribe 3.

Livescribe pens have long favored form over function — last year’s Sky was a tiny computer but a huge, awkward pen — so Bouchard and his team decided first and foremost that the Livescribe 3 would be a high-end pen. For the first time ever, the company worked…

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