Vision Objects has integrated its MyScript handwriting recognition into Livescribe’s Pulse smartpen and desktop application. The Pulse smartpen captures handwriting and simultaneously records spoken information (eg lectures or conversations) while writing, ensuring the user doesn’t miss a word. Users can tap directly on their paper notes and hear the corresponding sequence of the audio recording. The system can search for words in handwritten text, and increases productivity by converting handwritten text into digital information. Under a partnership agreement, Livescribe will distribute MyScript Notes for Pulse as an add-on application. Other applications include a translation tool that converts English into a wide range of languages and a calculator that carries out simple mathematical operations just by writing them down on paper.