For a stationery freak, I am surprisingly not too into planners (notebooks are another matter). I do use one to help me schedule my appointments and remember the various deadlines I have, but I don’t own any of the fancy Hobonichi or Erin Condren or kikki.K ones. Of course, this does not hinder my appreciation of well made planners when I see them, because if it doesn’t suit me, it might suit someone else perfectly. Moleskine has always been one of my favorite hard cover notebook brands (even more so now that they consistently release aesthetic af limited edition covers), and they are building upon their skill and knowledge of dual paper-digital planners from their Evernote series to create their all new Smart Writing Set. Instead of taking photos of every page with your phone camera, the planner syncs itself with your Google or Apple account and automatically arranges itself onto your calendar app.
This technology is made possible due to a combination of Moleskine’s special paper and Pen+. The paper is ridded with sensors to allow it to read and sync everything written on it with the pen, allowing it to do its magic and automatically update itself onto your calendar app and its accompanying app. While there are similar products from Moleskine, like the Everynote series, those require a smartphone camera and doesn’t have the calendar syncing function. One important thing to note is that the paper and pen are both needed in order for this planner system to work, so you do have to buy the a new Pen+ every time you finish one.
Besides being an effective planner system, I can imagine many artists making use of this technology. Because the paper is able to sense everything written on it with the Pen+ and effectively send the images or texts to your phone, creating a digital version of the lineart can never be simpler. Instead of having to deal with weird color payoff and ‘eaten’ lines, the only thing artists have to deal with or get used to now is the Pen+. Since the layout of the planner uses dotted lines instead of ruled, this gives a lot of flexibility not only in terms of creating schedules (whether you like using the round segment-based ones like the photo above or charts), but also in creating notes of any kind. Heck, you can even effectively make a bullet journal out of this thing. Best of all, no need to input everything all over again into your phone app.
The whole Smart Writing Set will cost you USD199, available worldwide starting from September 12th this year. If you’re a fan of Moleskine, this is going to be a nice addition to the plethora of notebooks you own (admit it, we all collect those things). And if you’re a one who hates having to do double entry for your paper-digital planning system, this is your cheat method right here. If this paper-digital planner is not for you, you can also take a look into this one.
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