Apps Capture Input With Digital Pens

A new app uses light pen input to capture handwriting and drawings done on plain paper.

According to the Reuters news service, new apps take what people write or sketch on paper with a smart pen and enhance it with highlights, graphics and text. For example, EquilNote, an app for the iPhone and iPad, has paired with a smart pen called the Equil JOT to capture the written word and share and edit the content. The app also lets users take photos, which can be enhanced by circling areas with the smart pen or adding written notes in the margins, according to the news service.

Another app Livescribe 3 that lets users capture notes as they are being written to an app.

Both apps sell for about $149.99, however Livescribe 3 also requires special paper sold by the company.