Digital Pen gets app store, too: CNET News Video
CNET News Video: Digital Pen gets app store, too2:55 /
Owners of the Livescribe Pulse digital pen can now choose from among 30 different add-on programs from games to language translators to one that lets the pen act as Bar Mitzvah tutor.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:06 >> I'm Ina Fried with CNET News. I'm here with a gadget we've seen before. It's the Pulse Smartpen from Livescribe. This pen, as some of you may remember, lets you write down notes and have the audio synchronize to those notes. So I've been recording. And if we go back to the beginning� >> I'm Ina Fried with CNET News. I'm here >> we'd hear what I recorded before. The big news today is that Livescribe is finally ready with its app store. You know, everyone loves apps these days. And one of the original promises with this pen was the idea that you'd be able to get new software down the road that lets you do new things. And so they've reached that point. They've got about 30 programs in their beta app store, and they range from free to $99. And it's really a mixed bag. There's nothing here that's gonna be the killer app that sort of replaces the basic notebook function, but there is some cool stuff that I wanted to show. So from the main menu, you can choose applications, and then you can scroll from a list. >> Blackjack. >> Blackjack >> Classical music, guitar. >> And say I want the guitar. >> Draw the six strings of your guitar. >> So it tells me what to do. So here I'm going to draw six strings in my notebook. ^M00:01:15 [ Noises ] ^M00:01:18 >> Strum the strings to play. >> So now I have a G chord, and I can draw on the guitar just like that. One of my favorite apps is called Magic Yawed. And basically it's for aspiring Bar Mitzvah students. And what this lets you do is you tap on a piece of the Hebrew portion, and it's gonna read that piece of the Hebrew. ^M00:01:37 [ Foreign Language ] ^M00:01:43 >> And it's kind of a niche market and this is one of the more expensive applications. It costs about a hundred dollars but considering parents pay tutors a lot more than that for each session, it lets you kind of practice your Hebrew. And you can even record you trying out the passage and compare that. So this was me trying to remember my Hebrew from Hebrew school many years ago. ^M00:02:02 [Foreign Language] ^M00:02:06 >> So probably a C, C minus. Anyway, that's one of the applications. For those of you not studying for your Bar or Bah Mitzvah, there's video poker. For poker all you have to do is draw five circles, a deal, and a bet button. And I hit deal. And I get the five cards. They show up on the screen and, you know, here I have nothing great, so I'm gonna keep a couple of the cards and hit deal again. I lost. So they've also added a Spanish translator, some travel dictionaries, and some other things. The apps again range from free to $99. The pen itself costs a $170 and up and the big thing, of course, is it requires special paper. Notebooks start at around $5. For CNET News I'm Ina Fried.