Moleskine’s digital notebook keeps handwriting relevant (Wired UK)


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Long gone are the days that I’d practice my cursive for hours on
end. Now, as my fingers canter clumsily across the keyboard, I
regularly wonder whether bothering to develop this skill in
the first place wasn’t just a complete and utter waste of time.

Fortunately for people like me who love to narcissistically
watch an inky blue trail spreading over paper in their own scrawl,
Moleskine — the maker of fancy folios for hipsters — has
created a Livescribe-compatible
version of its notebook
. Using a Livescribe smartpen and the Livecribe+ app, one can now jot
down missives, snatches of song lyrics or hand-drawn maps on the
page and have them reappear identically on one’s smartphone or
tablet.

Each page of the Moleskine notebook features a dot pattern that
is sensed by the pen as it moves across them allowing the pen to
transmit your writing directly to your device with speed and
accuracy. Livescribe smartpens also allow you to record audio,
meaning that this can be stored next to your written ideas for
later. In the age of cut and paste, you’ll be glad to know that you
can convert your handwriting into editable text, so that your words
can be pasted, tweeted or texted elsewhere.

I personally suspect that this mixture of the analogue and the
digital will increasingly appeal to people — allowing them to
retain the tactile experiences they enjoy so much in life, while
simultaneously taking advantage of the efficiency of technology.
It’s a fine balance to strike, but despite having at least two
digital devices that could be used for taking notes with me at all
times, I have been reluctant to give up my Moleskine with its
elegant ivory pages and soft-touch cover even now. I know I am not
the first or only to feel this way, and I won’t be the last
either.

The Livescribe Moleskine notebooks are currently on pre-order
from the company’s US website for $30 (£18) and are due to ship at the
beginning of November.

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28 August 2014 | 1:30 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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