Damon Darlin at the NYTimes reviewed the Livescribe 3 SmartPen, which can take notes digitally, the old fashion way, and has audio recording capabilities to boot:
In the Venn diagram showing People Who Prefer to Take Notes on Paper along with the People Who Want to Store Their Notes Digitally, the overlap is People Who Might Buy a Livescribe 3 pen.
Without a doubt, the pen contains some amazing technology. A tiny camera inside the device records the ballpoint pen’s movement across special dotted paper made to be used with the device. Everything you write or draw during a conversation, interview, meeting or lecture on the dotted paper is transmitted to a nearby iPad or iPhone running the free Livescribe app. You can convert the handwritten notes to text and tag sections with keywords.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.