The Pulse Smartpen

The Pulse Smartpen

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If you’ve ever taken notes by hand and needed to transcribe those to a computer for easier storage or reading, you’ve probably lamented the lack of products that offer just that. Well lament no more, Livescribe has a new digital pen, called the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, that can do just that, and more.

It also records audio while you take notes, allowing you to play back the audio that was happening while you were on any particular part of your document. By merely touching pen to your notes at any word, the pen will play back the sound it recorded as you were writing that word. It’s nothing short of amazing.

With 1GB of memory, it can record a large amount of audio and notes before needing to offload it to your PC. View your notes as they appear in your notebook on your computer screen, thanks to the accompanying and easy to use software.

If you’ve ever taken lots of notes and wish you could go back to whatever was being said as you wrote, the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen will now let you do just that.

Amazing digital Pen technology
Take notes by hand and transfer them to your PC
Records audio while writing

Rating: 5/5
Price: R1999.95

Dark Void (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)


A third-person Sci-Fi action-adventure
Speed and scale unmatched by any other action title
A Gravity-defying vertical combat system
Huge bosses that require fast reflexes

Players take the role of William Grey, a cargo ship fighter pilot that crashes in the Bermuda triangle. Grey is mysteriously teleported to the alien planet of Void and suddenly finds that humanity has been enslaved by a dominant race known as the Watchers. Teaming up with Nikola Tesla, Will is then tasked with saving the human race from the Watchers’ iron rule and returning to his domain.

Although the story is absorbing and keeps you in the action, it is really Dark Void’s gameplay that will keep you glued to your screens. Many are comparing the on-ground combat to Sony’s PS3 exclusive, Uncharted – it is fast, fluid and rather brutal at times. Even though the melee combat is excellent, it is being airborne with your jetpack that makes Dark Void truly exciting. From hovering and covering to hurtling through the Void at blistering speeds while shooting down anything that gets in your path, Dark Void offers amazing action.

Other cool gameplay bits include a unique grip system that allows you to scale walls by jumping from surface to surface and hijack UFO’s while in mid-air. Be warned though – Dark Void isn’t easy so if you’re ready for extra effort, you’ll enjoy a unique fight and flight experience.

Score: 4.5 stars
Price: R699.95

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