Using a pen to do a quick drawing is a lot easier than using a mouse or finger on a touch screen. A project worth knowing about for those who want to be able to digitize is the Rocketbook, currently an Indiegogo campaign.
The Rocketbook is a digitized notebook that allows users to write as they would on paper. Two sizes are available, a standard 8 ½ x 11 inches, 50 sheet version or the Rocketbook executive, which is 5.8 x 8.3 inches containing 70 sheets. The Rocketbook is connected to a cloud, such as Dropbox, Evernote Google Docs or an email address. There are icons at the bottom of the screen that will send the document to the right folder on your connected cloud. This would be a help for students who take notes or mindmap their work, for business people who need to quickly write something down in a meeting, or a way for creative people to get their ideas down quickly.
The interesting thing about these notebooks is how the pages are erased after use. The Rocketbook is microwavable. So, once you’ve filled the pages, the device is popped into the microwave for completely new pages to be used. The pens used in this device are made the FriXon pens by Pilot, which allows the work to easily disappear via the microwave. This means that all your work will be save digitally, and when the pages are empty there’s no need to purchase a new book. As a student, this would be helpful for me. I have pages and pages of notes that become even more impossible to go through as I add more pages to the collection.
An app will be available of Apple iOS and Android users. This app will be open for users to contribute ideas to make the Rocketbook and app to contain features that users want. Photo Mode on the Rocketbook is designed for users to take an image of a whiteboard and turn it into a page in the notebook. A range of coloured pens are available for the Rocketbook.
As a student, and someone who is creative, the Rocketbook is interesting. The ability to be able to draw and take handwritten notes digitally is something that I, like many, have ben wanting to do easily for some time. This should be able to add to productivity and efficiency in a range of areas.