[Athen] Opinions on new Livescribe models?

Leyna Bencomo lbencomo at uccs.edu
Mon Mar 25 16:01:25 PDT 2019

I too am considering the Aegir and would welcome any comments from someone with hands on experience. We will probably be buying one just to play with and try out in the near future.

Leyna Bencomo
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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Shelley Haven
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Though I don’t yet have hands-on experience with Livescribe’s new Aegir smartpen models, I am familiar with how they work and how they differ from the Echo and Livescribe 3 models.

Other than the obvious physical differences (the Aegirs are thinner, lighter, and more colorful), the Aegir smartpen operates conceptually like the Livescribe 3 model. Whereas the Echo records audio with its built-in microphone and stores both recorded audio and notes on the pen, both the Livescribe 3 and Aegir have no microphone — both must link via Bluetooth to a mobile device (iOS or Android) and use its mic to record audio.

Both the Livescribe 3 and Aegir also stream their captured notes in real time to the Livescribe+ app on the linked mobile device; with the Echo, notes and audio are uploaded later to the Echo Desktop software on either a Mac or Windows PC.

From Livescribe+, handwritten notes can be separated into “snippets” (individual notes) and even converted to e-text (assuming decent penmanship). Individual snippets or an entire page or notebook can be exported to OneNote, Evernote, or other apps. One place where the Aegir will surpass the Livescribe 3 is that Livescribe has promised to release a Windows desktop version of the Livescribe+ app (Mac version to follow). Currently, Livescribe+ is only available on iOS and Android.

Lastly, all three models still need the Livescribe/Anoto microdot paper to work (available in many different forms)..

Here’s a comparison chart for all three smartpens:

Hope this helps,

Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology Consultant

On Mar 25, 2019, at 2:21 PM, Nast, Joseph <Joseph.M.Nast at lonestar.edu<mailto:Joseph.M.Nast at lonestar.edu>> wrote:

I’d also be interested to see if anyone’s given the Aegir a test run. Personally, I was less than enthused about the loss of functionality going from the Echo\Sky to the Livescribe 3.

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After routine disappointment over the display failure on many of our Echo smartpens … I was pleased to see Livescribe has new aegir models.

Has anyone tried these yet? Any pros and cons you’d care to share – as compared to their other models?

I noticed Livescribe brought the price of their Echo pens up as well … which will definitely make it harder to justify when we need new devices. Hoping aegir is a solid addition to their lineup.


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