For all that I like to digitise my life, I still find something nice and refreshing about hand-written notes. One thing always bothered me about it though – the tonnes and tonnes of discarded notebooks associated with my various doodlings. Not only was there the time and expense of buying more, but I also appeared to be responsible for a sizeable amount of the world’s deforestation. Happily, there is an incredibly innovative solution to this issue: the Rocketbook, a fully reusable, endlessly erasable notepad. I’ve been using my Rocketbook Everlast Mini for about 6 months now, and I absolutely love it. Here’s the deal:
Genesis of the Rocketbook
The people behind Rocketbook first started experimenting with reusable notebook technology a while back, first coming up with the Rocketbook Wave. The Wave allowed you to erase the contents of the notebook by nuking it in your microwave, meaning you could use the same pad over and over again. Not satisfied with stopping there, they continued to innovate and came up with a whole series of models – such as the flagship Rocketbook Everlast – that functioned much like a dry-erase board. Using a damp microfiber cloth, you can simply wipe your doodles from the Everlast whenever you like. Goodbye trips to the store for more paper. Goodbye environmental guilt. Hello permanent solution to hand-written notes. But, it gets even better…
Integrating a Rocketbook into your digital life
You may be asking: what’s the point of hand-written notes when they can’t come with me wherever I go, in the same way that digital files can? Well, Rocketbook have thought of that. As well as being able to hand write and erase notes, you’re also able to capture everything in your Rocketbook and store it in any one of 7 cloud locations.
It all starts with the special symbols at the bottom of each Rocketbook page. There are 7 unique symbols in each page of the Everlast, and each one can be configured in the Rocketbook app to point to a different cloud service. Currently supported services include OneNote, Slack, Email , Google drive, Dropbox, Evernote and iCloud. Once you’re done writing, you mark the page symbol that corresponds to the web service you want to send to. Next, you ‘scan’ the page in using the Rocketbook app. This works much like a QR code, only – in my experience – faster. Scanning tends to take around 2 seconds at most, and it’s often quicker. Then you have your digitised notes, both in the app and also pinging over to whichever web service you chose. Then you can erase the page, safe in the knowledge that you’re reaping the best of both worlds!
Whats the catch?
You knew there had to be one, huh? Well, I see it as a minor drawback, but the catch is that the Rocketbook is only officially compatible with Pilot Frixion pens. They’re certainly not the cheapest pens out there, but they are widely available and in my opinion the Rocketbook is still totally worth it regardless.
What I use the Rocketbook for
I’m one of those people that just has to hand write important notes, both as an aid to memory and to also make them feel more ‘official’. But more than that, sometimes having a pen and paper to hand is still the quickest way to jot something down – like on an unexpected (but important) phone call. For that reason, I always have my Rocketbook Everlast Mini somewhere about my person. You can use it for drawing, diary notes – hell, it’s perfect for shopping lists if nothing else. I was sceptical at first as to how much I’d use it, but now I’m contemplating getting the full A5 sized Everlast, as my Mini is seeing so much action. I do wish they made a version with more pages though, since using a Rocketbook as a Bullet Journal could be some seriously next level sh**!
Well, that’s it for this week folks. Hope you enjoyed this introduction to the mighty Rocketbook, and feel inspired to put an end to wasted paper. If you like this sort of thing, you can check out the rest of our blog for more tips on minimalism, sustainability and general tiny living. Until next time.