Digital Handwriting: Moleskine’s Livescribe Notebook

Stationery brand Moleskine has collaborated with smartpen makers Livescribe to develop a notebook with on-page icons that the pen recognises as commands to tag notes and start or pause audio recordings. Using the pen, writers can enjoy the process of drawing or making notes by hand while Livescribe uploads each mark digitally to its companion app. Notes can then be converted into editable text using handwriting recognition technology.

Users can tap the pen onto icons on an additional sheet provided with the notebook to access further options, such as Wi-fi connections and device pairing.

Maria Sebregondi, co-founder and VP of Brand Equity and Communications at Moleskine, said of the launch: “Far from disappearing, handwriting is developing into new forms. Whereas once it relied on a quill and inkpot, now we use roller pens, spray cans or smartpens to capture our thoughts. The Livescribe notebook is a further step in that direction.”

The Moleskine Livescribe notebook retails for $29.95.

– Sarah Housley

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