This initial view of this looks like a standard notebook with a pen. This comes with 32 pages to write different types of notes. At first glance, this looks like a typical A4 diary, nothing special spiral notebook.  The first page has 7 different categories which are organized to create images in specific folders, this allows you to write/draw on the sheets, then using an app, an image is taken of the text which is then electronically stored as a PDF or Jpeg.

 

Features:

  • Erase with a Damp Cloth – Use Everlast with pens, highlighters, and markers from the Pilot FriXion line. Wipe pages with a damp cloth, and watch them erase
  • Environment-Friendly – Quit wasting paper and throwing away old notebooks. Everlast is endlessly reusable—the last notebook you’ll ever need.
  • Blast to Eight Hot Apps – Rocketbook is integrated with all the cloud storage services you already use.
  • Always in Airplane Mode – Power up your Rocketbook anywhere, even where other electronics have to be powered down.
  • No Whiteboard Required – Share notes and sketches with colleagues even if they weren’t in the meeting, or even if there was no meeting at all.
  • Organized – Students, engineers, designers, managers use Rocketbook to be more organized, creative and productive.

Practical use:

The Rocketbook System allows standard writing on one of the 32 pages. Once the text/artwork etc is completed, one of the 7 symbols at the bottom of the page can be marked. A standard smartphone using the App (iPhone 6 was used on this review) allows a digital image of the page to display on the smartphone. This image was scanned automatically via the phone camera via the app. The iPhone was held above the Rocketbook, with the pages manually turned over and scanned automatically.

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The app used machine vision to search and scan the page (There’s was no need to push a button). To scan the text/ art the app distinguishes the symbol marked (one of 8 symbols) and sends the image direct to the pre-set folder in a variety of locations.  The Rocketbook allows integration to a variety of products, Google Docs, Dropbox, iCloud, Evernote, email and more using the quick to setup app.

The App:

The Rocketbook app has got good feedback with 4.4 out of 5 for over 2000 feedback. The setup on the iPhone was standard with no issues. The Rocketbook app allowed writing in a traditional paper and pen notebook, then with the use of a smartphone digitizing all notes and sending them to the chosen destination. The Rocketbook app allows integration to a variety of products. The app requires setting a destination for each symbol, which can be Email, Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Slack, Box, and iCloud.

If you have an apple watch, you can create a picture/text on the Rocketbook and store this as your Apple watch face. There is a variety of these types of options on the app.

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Note:

  1. This is not recommended for a lefthander, this is due to the smudges of the text when writing from right to left.
  2. Don’t leave the text on any page for over a month, as this may leave the text difficult to remove.
  3. The Pilot Frixion pen range can be purchased in most stationary shops, (a little bit more expensive than your typical pens but can be under €5).  These pens can write on a normal sheet as a pen and erase as required like a typical pen. I have used these pens for over 5 years removing the need for tipp-ex correction fluid.
  4. This may sound strange but if the notebook is left in a hot environment like a car in the sun the writing may seem faded, as at 60 degrees Celsius the writing disappears due to the ink, the notebook can be put into the freezer to cool down and the text returns, something from Bond! (but works)

Conclusion:

This is a product changing from Analogue to digital with ease in organizing handwriting/art via a standard looking spiral notebook and smartphone. The Rocketbook features advise that the text/ art can be scanned and forgotten, – This does what it states on the packaging The Rocketbook is like a notebook, well-built and sturdy, writing is standard (except for left-handed persons). The book is easy to clean but requires cleaning via a damp cloth (included).  The smartphone via the app detects pages and stores them in chosen destinations in an appropriate format.  This can integrate into a variety of products via the app including Google Docs, Dropbox, iCloud, Evernote, Slack, OneNote, and Email.

If this could convert the handwriting to text on your laptop, this would be the number one product of the year.  This has practical applications whether as a student, engineer, designer, or managers minutes, which can be organized easily and stored. This is an interesting technology bringing handwritten notes/pictures into the digital area stored and organized easily.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rocketbook-Everlast-Reusable-Notebook-Journal/dp/B071Y3MSRK/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1533766173&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=rocketbook+everlast&psc=1

Price:     £34.99

Written by brendanlahert

20 years’ experience in the commercial technical industry. Interested in technology. Certified ITIL v3 Service Management, Project Management Prince 2, Six Sigma.

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