LiveScribe Pens

Availability and Use at Rutgers

The Office of Disability Services offers students the opportunity to borrow LiveScribe pens, as availability allows. We highly encourage any student approved for note taking services to speak with his/her coordinator about its use.

Basics on the Livescribe Pen

The Livescribe paper-based computing platform consists of a digital pen, digital paper, software applications, and developer tools.
Central to the Livescribe platform is the smartpen, a ballpoint pen with an embedded computer and digital audio recorder. When used with Anoto digital paper, it records what it writes for later uploading to a computer, and synchronizes those notes with any audio it has recorded. This allows users to replay portions of a recording by tapping on the notes they were taking at the time the recording was made. It is also possible to select which portion of a recording to replay by clicking on the relevant portion of a page on-screen, once it has been synced to the Livescribe Desktop software.


  • The Livescribe smartpen is about the size and weight of a large pen (5/8" x 6 1/8"), and is equipped with a removable ball-point ink cartridge, a microphone to record audio, a speaker for playback, a small OLED display, and internal flash memory that captures handwritten notes, audio and drawings.
  • The user can choose to record audio in addition to the handwritten text. Recorded audio is kept indexed with the handwritten text—tapping on a written word starts playback of the recorded audio from that part of the recording.
  • The smartpen allows the installation of as many applications as there is memory, and ships with several applications. If tapped on the correct images, it can function as a calculator, for example, or can translate words.
  • The Livescribe is available with either 2 or 4 Gigabytes of flash storage. The 2 GB model holds about 200 hours of audio depending on recording quality settings. The Livescribe Pen uses an included USB cradle and a 2.5mm headphone jack.
  • Users can also import their written notes onto their computer in addition to the audio.
  • Uploads to Evernote, OneNote, and other popular programs

To learn more about the LiveScribe Pen, including how to use tutorials, please visit their website at: