Moleskine introduces the new Smart Writing Set, leveling the playing field with tablets and other note-taking devices with paper.
Described as the "heir and successor to the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries," it looks like the notebook lineup of the well-known maker of writing instruments and materials is getting up to date with the times.
As for what the Smart Writing Set exactly is, it's a $200 package that consists of the Paper Tablet notebook, the smart Pen+ and a companion app. While Android users will get the Neo Notes app, iOS users will get the Moleskine Notes App.
Going over how the three components work together, everything that the artist or writer jots down or sketches on the Paper Tablet notebook will automatically be transferred to the connected smart device via the app in real-time, allowing them to edit and share notes, drawings and whatnot without the need to take photos, upload files or scan documents at all. To top it off, the app also supports syncing content to Google Drive and Evernote clouds, ensuring that it's accessible and linked to one another.
In other words, it's the perfect combination for those who want to stick to the traditional pen and paper and take advantage of what the technological world has to offer.
Now, for the nitty-gritty details, the Paper Tablet features the invisible NCode technology of NeoLAB Convergence on every page to let the Pen+ know what the user is writing and where it is on the notebook. Just to be clear, it's still made out of paper, but to be exact, it's fancy, smart paper.
Of course, the Paper Tablet isn't the only technologically packed instrument, as the Pen+ also has a built-in camera to stay on top of what the user creates and digitize it so that the app can recognize it.
As mentioned earlier, it comes at a pretty hefty price of $200, but that shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering the brand name and technology involved.
Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh probably would've loved this too, but the more interesting point here is would they've gone for an Apple or an Android?