As efficient as it is to type up notes, there’s something about the pen and paper that is a bit too traditional to completely give up on. After all using a pen and paper allows you to make notes and draw up diagrams quickly and easily, versus a computer where you might have to launch tools in order to do that.
Now if you’re after a solution that will be able to digitally record your pen scribbles, you might be interested in the Wacom Bamboo Spark. The company is calling this a “smart folio” and basically what it does is that it can take writing done on pen and paper, and automatically transfer it to a mobile device like your smartphone or tablet.
How it works is thanks to the use of an Electro-Magnetic Resonance board in which your paper is placed on top of. There is also the use of the Bamboo Spark pen and special ink that will be required in order for the board to detect your writing. This is handy for travel too as the Bamboo Spark can store up to 100 pages offline, while the pen’s ink is good for about 3 months worth of standard use.
It isn’t expensive to maintain either as Wacom has stated that refills will cost $10 for a pack of 3, so spending $10 every 9 months or so isn’t such a bad deal. The Wacom Bamboo Spark is priced at $160 and is expected to be released in October in three different variants.
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