There is a lot to be said for writing by hand. It is slow, which is good in our rushed and reckless world. Writing by hand focusses the mind and facilitates a connection between the pen and the person, the ink and the idea.
I just wish I had better penmanship.
And that I wrote faster. And that my hand-written posts could be transcribed automatically.
Looks like I might get some help on that last one.
The preceding lines were all written using my newest notebook: Rocketbook.
The Rocketbook is an endlessly reusable notebook designed for digitization. Let me explain.
The paper of the Rocketbook is specifically designed to be easily digitized by the Rocketbook app (iOS & Android). With the app, you’re able to take a picture of the page and send it to one of seven different predetermined destinations, including e-mail, Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, Evernote, etc.
Each picture will be turned into a clean and clear PDF or JPG, which is nice, but what’s amazing in the OCR component which is what typed the lines above for me. Granted, I had to go back through and tidy them up, but the OCR was pretty darn accurate. Here’s a crop of the scan from the Rocketbook app so you can see just how hard the app had to work to transcribe it. And yes, I am ashamed of my penmanship.
“But Phil, you also said ‘reusable.’ What’s that about?”
Great question! The Pocketbook’s paper is also designed to be used, cleared, and used again. Pair with the Pilot FriXion Erasable Pen, the Rocketbook can be erased cleanly–literally–with a damp rag. Here’s a picture of my notebook with writing and then wiped clean.
It’s really impressive, right?
I frequently have meetings where it would be poor form to have a laptop or tablet in front of me, but one would question a notebook. Of course, then, I still have to retype everything I wrote. Until now! I honestly can’t wait for the next meeting because I’ll finally be able to redeem my time. If that’s a scenario you find yourself in, or if you just love to write by hand while having a digital route available, I strongly recommend the Rocketbook.
I received a free copy of the Rocketbook and Pilot FriXion pen in exchange for an honest review, which is what you just read.