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Montblanc unveils a $725 'Augmented Paper' and smart pen set
Like smart watches, it was only a matter of time before smart pens went from being novel gadgets to high-end luxury items. Enter Montblanc's new Augmented Paper pen and notebook, which the German company debuted this week at the IFA conference in Berlin. While similar products from LiveScribe or Oree might be designed for writing buffs or modish creatives, the Montblanc is clearly going after the "note-taking international playboy" demographic here. For $725, the set includes a modified version of a Montblanc StarWalker pen plus a "black Italian leather" notebook made in Florence that you'll need to actually transfer your notes into digital form. The notebook and pen use electromagnetic resonance to digitize your handwriting, similar to how a Wacom tablet works. The set lasts about 8 hours on a charge and can store up to 100 pages in internal memory if you're writing away from your smartphone.