PC Mag had an article yesterday about some of the new apps available for the Pulse SmartPen, the pen that records audio and synchronizes it with your written notes for later playback.
The pen’s app store, which launches in beta form Thursday with roughly 30 apps, will add features like language translation (Spanish-to-English and a Hebrew study guide) and games (video poker –the tiny cards actually appear on the OLED screen).
In some cases, you’ll be able to download the app and then Livescribe’s app partners will snail-mail the app-specific microdot paper to your home or office.
In typical Pulse fashion, users will be able to access their all their apps by first writing the name of the app on micro-dot paper and then, when they want to activate the app, simply tapping the pen on the app’s name.
As we’ve said before, the pen’s too expensive (about £120) to use as your everyday pen, but would be a handy tool for students, journalists, or anyone else who takes a lot of notes of lectures, meetings, etc. These apps make it even more attractive, although it’s probably a mite small to make for a great gaming experience.