Livescribe demos Java-fuelled smartpen

The Java-capable Pulse Smartpen records audio as the user takes handwritten notes, synchs up the sound with the writing and translates languages instantly

Livescribe demos Java-fuelled smartpen The Java-capable Pulse Smartpen records audio as the user takes handwritten notes, synchs up the sound with the writing and translates languages instantly

Jim Marggraff, chief executive of Livescribe, shows off the 2GB, Java-capable Pulse Smartpen at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco. The pen records audio as the user takes handwritten notes, then synchs up the sound with the writing. Audio can then be played back when someone taps the pen on paper. The device also converts languages instantly, playing translations out loud through the embedded speaker or displaying the word on its LED screen.