Equil Smartpen 2 Lets You Take Digital Notes Anywhere

The Equil Smarpen 2 allows you to take notes on any sized notepad and have them digitally recreated. You can then edit the notes, add things, and email them to your colleagues and friends. The Smartpen 2 definitely saves you the inconvenience of having to haul your laptop around everywhere, but it probably isn't for everyone.

The Equil Smartpen 2 works by attaching the included scanner to the top of your notebook or pad. The sensors then pick up on the pen's location in relation to the scanner. The digital version is then recreated within the downloadable app. From there you can view and edit in the app, or you can upload directly to iCloud, Dropbox, or Evernote.

Unlike similar products on the market, the Equil Smartpen 2 does not require a special notebook. Use any notepad and sketchbook, and the sensor does the rest. This is a huge benefit over similar options, like the LiveScribe that requires a special notepad, because you do not have to continue buying unique products for your note transfer. The Smartpen 2 uses regular ballpoint ink that is replaceable.

The overall design of the Smartpen 2 is very hit and miss. The carrying case is brilliant and fits everything neatly away in one small package, but I would have liked to have seen a better shape on the pen. The triangular shape is not ideal for longer writing and sketching sessions and it would have been nice to see a traditional round pen style implemented.

The Equil Smartpen 2 has already hit its goal on IndieGoGo, but you can still pledge to get special pricing on the unit. The campaign ends 10/19/2014. This product definitely isn't for everyone (because how often do you need to upload and send handwritten notes?), but if it seems like something up your ally, definitely check it out. The different app integrations and the ability to use any notebook put this product above similar options. For those of you who are impatient, you can buy the first gen Smartpen here

Source: Equil

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