Dec 22, 2016
For every unfortunate,unfunded concept, there is a realized dream that joins innovation to entrepreneurship. Kickstarted project Rocketbook is a perfect example… on paper.
Rocketbook melds few concepts together. In part, these concepts are, well, sexy. The item looks to be, at first glance, traditional means of taking notes; indeed, the core piece is a notepad. Then, it looks to provide extra, timely functionality by utilizing cloud connectivity via a companion app hosted on a smartdevice.
Finally, the Rocketbook has a final trick up its sleeve, one which involves microwave heat and the promise of reusability. More on that later…
The review package we received contained the Wave notebook, and a black FriXion erasable pen. The notebook “standard” sizing (8.5 in x 9.5 inches) contains 80 pages of dot-grid paper (there is also a smaller “executive” option). Each page has icons and QR codes to help with identification and storage.
The next piece is the Rocketbook app; this app allows users to digitize the pages using the device’s camera, and to send them to email addresses and services.
Now, when it comes to reusing the notepad the system employs an interesting trick involving a mug of water and a microwave. Yes, you place the notebook in the microwave, place a mug on the notebook in just right spot and nuke it for a few minutes each on both sides.
It is definitely interesting, and it actually works. I admit to being a bit skeptical, but after less than two minutes (including flip) I had, in essence, a fresh notebook.
Sadly, it wasn’t enough time to make a pipin’ hot cup of tea. Impressive.
If I could, I’d love a more professional-looking notebook as an option, but to be fair, I wonder how, say, a leatherclad notebook would stand up to microwaving. I do love that there are two notebook sizes available, and the green factor here is invaluable.
Altogether, the 3-piece system manages to jump over gimmicky and truly be a useful tool, at $27.00 for the a notebook and pen, it doesn’t necessarily break the bank, either.