Tech Toy Tuesday 10/29/13
10/29/2013 8:23:00 AM
43 years since its release Jethro Tull is putting out a special, 3 disc edition of Benefit , one of the best albums in the Tull library and the album that ushered in the band’s rmore porgressive bend. This collection has the fully remastered album, a disc of mono cuts and a DVD audio version of the album for the six of you with speaker systems set up to receive DVD audio.
On blu ray, this year’s Pixar release Monsters University. It's a really good film for the family, and a return to greatness for Pixar.
Two major video game releases today. Assassin’s Creed 4, Black Flag, and Battlefield 4. Both games are out now for PS3 and 360, you’ll have to wait a few more weeks the PS4 and Xbox one versions.
Tech toy of the week this week is the Livescribe 3. Livescribe is a $150 dollar pen, which is cheap for a fancy pen but expensive for a normal people pen . Livescribebe has a pretty sweet feature your regular pen doesn’t have however.
Livescribe 3 will capture everything you write and transfer it to your computer (or tablet, phone, or whatever) as you write it, and I do mean everything, so if you scribble doodles of a tank with a giant penis for a cannon don’t forget to edit that out before you share your notes.
The pen has a tiny LED on the clip lights up; it flashes green in pairing mode, solid blue when connected and flashes again if it's low on battery, there’s a small camera that lets the pen know where it is on your page and an extra nub that’ll let you use the pen as a stylus. There’s no buttons, the pen turns on when you twist it open, it’s a little heavier than your average Bic, but not too much that your wrist will hurt.
That’s about it for the pen, the rest of the work happens in the app which can do some really cool stuff. It can add pictures into your notes, and it can collate similar things you write down together in one place, so if you’re making a list of things and you’re bullet point them, and you create another list later, it’ll put the lists together. It’s smart enough to know what a URL is when you write it down, and when you go back into your notes on your computer it’ll turn it into a link. You can call phone numbers you write down by tapping on the.
There is a $150 version that comes with a 50-sheet notebook, a charging cable and a black tungsten carbide medium-tip ink cartridge. There's also a $200 version that adds leather portfolio with a 100-sheet hardbound journal and a year's subscription to Evernote Premium