[Athen] Livescribe (finally!) launches their Echo 2 smartpen

Shelley Haven ShelleyHaven at TECHPOTENTIAL.NET
Thu Jan 6 11:43:38 PST 2022

The Livescribe Echo 2 smartpen, successor to the original Echo (launched in 2010, discontinued in 2020) is finally available for pre-order, with delivery expected in February. (Parent company Anoto said the delay was primarily due to chip shortages.)

https://us.livescribe.com/collections/smartpens/products/echo-2™-smartpen <https://us.livescribe.com/collections/smartpens/products/echo-2%E2%84%A2-smartpen>

So, what about features? The big advantage of the original Echo and the new Echo II is simplicity of use: record continuous audio and automatically sync handwritten notes to that audio using just the smartpen and special microdot paper notebook – no other devices needed. Other Livescribe pens like the Symphony, Livescribe 3*, and Aegir* (*discontinued) required linking to a separate device connected via Bluetooth to do the audio recording, as those pens don’t have built-in microphones. "Simple" is an important feature for students who already struggle with notetaking.

Other features added to the new Echo 2:
Upload notes-&-audio to either a Mac or PC (like the original Echo) or to the Livescribe+ <https://us.livescribe.com/pages/livescribe> mobile app
Noise-cancelling to significantly reduce paper scratching sounds
Built-in Bluetooth for file transfer.

I’ve been so looking forward to this for myself and for my students – just pre-ordered one!

- Shelley

Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology Consultant
www.TechPotential.net <http://www.techpotential.net/>
UCSC online course "Assistive Technology for Learning Differences"
Next class begins 1/13/22 — see AT4LD.net <http://at4ld.net/> for details

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