Finance This: Rocketbook Wave, Notebook for Anyone Who Sends Notes to the Clouds

It is not only to reduce paperwork. Services like Evernote, OneNote and Google Drive are, that we can find notes, drafts, receipts and other information quickly. But despite such practicality, we can not always (or want to) get rid of the traditional notepad notes on paper. And if we could bring these two worlds? This is the proposal of Rocketbook Wave project which is campaigning on Kickstarter .

This is not a highly sophisticated product, on the contrary: it is a simple idea, but it promises to be well executed: we are talking about a kit that, in the most basic version, contains a note pad, a stylus and an app. Only.

The proposal is as follows: you make notes, charts and drawings in the notebook using the pen that accompanies it and, with the application passes all automatically chosen for service in the cloud. Can you use Evernote, Google Drive, OneNote, Dropbox, email, Slack, among others.

As this work is done? Simple. The leaves Notepad have seven different icons at the bottom. In the application, you must associate each of these symbols to a service in different clouds. Then all you need to do is to mark with the pen the service icon to which you want to send the contents of that page.

Using the camera of the smartphone, the application will scan the content and send the result to the service associated with the icon marked. For example, if you joined the four-leaf clover icon to Google Drive, that is where the digitized content will be sent automatically. The app is not only able to recognize text, but this functionality is already in development.

An interesting detail is that you do not need to be thorough in time to position the camera on the block to prevent the cake skirt scanning or external details are captured.The leaves have a black border that guides the scan by the application: everything is out will not be included; if the sheet is bent, the border helps the app to fix the position.

The leaves also have a QR Code for page organization. That way, you do not need to follow the order of the sheets to number them. With the QR Code, the application will follow the scanning order to do so.

The problem of a notebook like this is that the leaves are not available endless, right?But, instead of buying another block when all the leaves are used, you can simply repackage it: the stylus that comes with the kit is a Pilot Frixion which can be found in newsagents (including Brazil).

The ink of this pen can be erased with heat, so you just use a hair dryer or place the notebook in the microwave along with a glass of water so that the sheets are like new.There is a marker on the notebook cover that tells you when you can re-use it after heating it.

Why is it legal? The Rocketbook Wave is a kit that makes it easy to scan notes and transfer that content to various services in the cloud. It is useful for anyone to bother to improve organization and productivity.

Why is it innovative? The idea tries to combine the convenience of services in the cloud with the convenience of recording notes and the like in a “real” notebook.

Why is cutting edge? Not really. Scan apps already exist (the CamScanner, for example, is very good) and the Frixion pens are for some time in the market. The same difference is in the design of leaves and the application (which, by the way, it’s free).

Worth the investment? It depends. The simplest kit with a book (there are two size options), a pen and the application costs US $ 27. It’s not exactly cheap. The Rocketbook Wave worth it for those who use multiple services in the cloud and need agility to organize everything (I, for example, use Google Drive for more extensive content and Evernote for short notes, and often step for these annotated data services for speeches or press conferences).

Although simple, the idea pleased enough: Project goal is $ 20,000, but during the publication of this post, the collection was almost $ 470,000. In a similar campaign last year, the Rocketbook Wave won more than $ 1 million.

Shipments of the kits start in August. Who wants to do a test can install the application (for Android and iOS) and print models of leaves (large version and small).