Livescribe 3 smartpen – hand writing conversion test

One of the great new features of the Livescribe 3 smartpen is the real conversion of hand written notes into text – text which you can then do more with.

On Saturday, one of our Facebook fans asked a question yesterday in relation to this –

Can this do OCR on large writing (say using font over 2 lines instead of 1), for those folk with vision issues?

So I set out to test this today to see how the OCR handles writing across multiple lines.

Page View

In this first screen capture you can see my writing on the page – normal size text for the date, then some larger words over a few lines

Using the new Livescribe 3 smartpen

Feed View

When I change to Feed view in Livescribe+ you can see that the date is a snippet and then the large text was split into two snippets – keep in mind its very simple to merge these snippets if required.

How hand writing appears in feed view in Livescribe+

Converted Text

When I tap and flip over the snippets you can see that it has converted words that are spread across multiple lines

hand writing converted to text in Livescribe+ app

No editing was done of the conversion – though I was writing quite clear given the size I had to write.

This simple test shows that the OCR capability in app Livescribe+ will easily handle users who might write much larger than normal.

Conclusion for Those with a Vision Impairment

Whilst this is a pretty simple test, its clear that Livescribe+ (the free app that works with the Livescribe 3 smartpen) will easily deal with larger format writing – meaning you won’t lose out should you then wish to convert this to text.

The advantage of course is that a user with a vision impairment can use pen and paper to capture notes, with this content then residing inside Livescribe+ on their mobile device.

If you’re interested in the new Livescribe 3 smartpen, you’ll find details on the two models here on our website.

I’ll be posting more tips and tricks in the coming days


About Mark Parker

Mark Parker is the founder of Smart Selling International Pty Ltd. Smart Selling International is a niche technology market launch expert - helping technology companies launch and grow their brands in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia. Mark is focused on Augmented and Virtual Reality, IoT, and digital data capture devices. You can find him online at - Twitter (@smartselling or @smartpen), LinkedIn -
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2 Responses to Livescribe 3 smartpen – hand writing conversion test

  1. Hey Mark,

    I ordered the new pen on Friday/! Can’t wait to get it. Sounds so much better then the Wifi pen!

    Greetings Shakti

    • Mark Parker says:

      Hi Shakti
      Thanks again for ordering from us. I think you’ll be pretty pleased with the new pen – please make sure you have the right Apple mobile device

      cheers Mark

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