Rocketbook

Reusable Cloud Synced Notebook

New Old School

Put pen to paper to the cloud with this reusable notebook.

Rocketbook is straight from the future. Snap a picture with the free app to digitize and store your pages . . . then wipe them clean with a stint in the microwave.

As if turning your physical notebook virtual isn’t enough—the app stores your pages in order, too. Each has its own QR code—sort of like a digital fingerprint— and a check-off menu that drops it in your
preferred location (e.g, Evernote, Google Docs, Dropbox and more)

Once your notes are stored in the cloud, stick Rocketbook in the microwave with a mug of water on top. The heat causes the Frixion pen ink to disappear, leaving only a faint image from where the physical imprint of your past writing was.

Makers Joe Lemay and Jake Epstein understand the collaborative value of the cloud but believe “technology creates friction for brainstorming.” Rocketbook encourages the urge to innovate on paper but backs you up with an online copy of your work.

Save your ideas with this overachieving notebook and save some trees, too.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Joe
    Joe

    Hi everyone! I'm so excited to have the Rocketbook Wave featured as today's Grommet. My co-Founder Jake Epstein and I decided to invent a paper and pen notebook that would make it simple to bridge the physical and digital dimensions, while being just plain awesome. What we invented was the Rocketbook Wave, and I hope you enjoy it, too. I'm here to answer your questions, so fire away!

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    9/9/2016 10:04 AM

    How are the uploaded pictures stored in, for example, Google Drive? Are they image files, or can one choose to have them convert to PDF? Also, how are the uploaded files titled? Is it a time/date plus something related to QR? I'm wondering how successive uploads from the same QR-coded page would be distinguishable on Drive or other online platforms. Thanks!

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    9/9/2016 10:21 AM

    @Ryan excellent question. It's a little different on Android vs iOS today, but very soon they will be the same.

    On Android Today: You can control filenames, and pdf vs. png files. You can in fact choose different settings for each of the 7 symbol-destinations.

    On iOS Today: You cannot control filenames, but this is coming soon. You can choose pdf vs png. Being able to have a different pdf vs png setting for each symbol-destination is coming soon to iOS.

    Why does it work differently on Android vs. iOS? We continuously seek feedback from users to decide our new features. Sometimes we release the feature first on Android and then iOS or vice versa, and then we implement the other.

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    9/9/2016 10:25 AM

    Indeed the filenames also contain a filestamp at the end in order to recognize that different scans of the same page are unique

  • Arthur
    Arthur
    9/9/2016 10:39 AM

    Joe-

    The pages are reusable, but the pen is not. How much are the pens? Thanks.

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    9/9/2016 11:26 AM

    @Arthur We include one black ballpoint Pilot FriXion pen with each book. You can buy replacements at most stores that sell pens in various colors/styles/packs in the neighborhood of $1 - $3 per pen. You don't need to buy replacements from us. Any "Pilot FriXion" pen is compatible.

  • Cyd
    Cyd
    9/9/2016 1:08 PM

    @Joe My daughter is a very talented budding artist is there any way to use something besides pen?

    This would be perfect for her drawings giving her the option to clear the book and start over after uploading the images to her Facebook page.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/9/2016 3:37 PM

    Hi Cyd, unfortunately, it is the ink that makes the pages reusable. It sounds like it could be a great tool for her to continually showcase her work!

  • Chad
    Chad
    9/9/2016 10:39 AM

    I see in the details that it's reusable up to 5 times. Is this based on actual usage or just an estimate? Does this mean the ghosting on the page becomes too prevalent or the pages actually breakdown? Can just the pages be reordered or would we need to just order a whole new notebook? Lastly, is that particular pen the only pen that can be used?

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    9/9/2016 11:28 AM

    @Chad This is a conservative estimate. Kind of like a razor, some people will get more uses than others, based on your writing patterns, wear and tear, etc.

    We don't currently provide just the paper for replacements, thought that's an interesting idea!

    We include one black ballpoint Pilot FriXion pen with each book. You can buy replacements at most stores that sell pens in various colors/styles/packs in the neighborhood of $1 - $3 per pen. You don't need to buy replacements from us. Any "Pilot FriXion" pen is compatible.

  • Gary
    Gary
    9/9/2016 11:29 AM

    @Chad I anxiously await answers to Chad's excellent questions before I de3cide whether r not to purchase. On the surface, however, this seems like a great product.

    gary

  • Laura
    Laura
    9/9/2016 2:25 PM

    @Chad @Gary If you go to their website and scroll to the bottom of the page, there is a link to free PDF pages. You can print out pages for either size RocketBook, and they will have the scanning images at the bottom just like in the RocketBook itself. I have not used this option just yet as I like having the pages bound with a cover, but it is there.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/9/2016 2:47 PM

    That's true, thanks, Laura. Just to make it easier. You can download the A4 pages here and the 8.5 x 11" pages here.

  • Grace
    Grace
    9/9/2016 10:42 AM

    The blur and video say that you write with the Pilot Frixion Pen on the notebook. Do all models of the Frixion pen work? I use Pilot Frixion pens all the time. Can I also use the eraser feature on the notebook page when making minor changes (prior to the full-on microwave treatment)? Or will using the Frixion eraser cause the paper quality to degrade significantly?

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    9/9/2016 11:33 AM

    @Grace All Pilot FriXion pens work. The markers work really well too. I wouldn't recommend the FriXion pencils (which are available in asia) because we haven't yet tested, and I have a hunch that they will leave too much residue. But yes, all Pilot FriXion pens will work. Also yes, you can use the eraser feature on the notebook for minor changes. The microwave is convenient when you want to erase the whole book.

    The paper is very thick stock, much thicker than I've seen in any other notebook in the market, and it has a very tight weave for durability. If you are really rough with the eraser, you might damage the page, but I don't think you'll find it an issue. You might have already noticed that you can use the eraser very gently, so long as you erase with a fast back-and-forth motion to produce enough friction/heat.

  • Grace
    Grace
    9/9/2016 10:43 AM

    I am interested in the reuse times also that Chad brought up and the pen comment of Arthur. Thanks

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    9/9/2016 11:34 AM

    @Grace Sure thing. Here's a repeat of the answer to make sure you get it:

    5 uses is a conservative estimate. Kind of like a razor, some people will get more uses than others, based on your writing patterns, wear and tear, etc.

    We don't currently provide just the paper for replacements, thought that's an interesting idea!

    We include one black ballpoint Pilot FriXion pen with each book. You can buy replacements at most stores that sell pens in various colors/styles/packs in the neighborhood of $1 - $3 per pen. You don't need to buy replacements from us. Any "Pilot FriXion" pen is compatible.

    Thanks!

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    9/9/2016 12:51 PM

    @Joe I don't mean to appear dense but my understanding of these threads is that the tablet is only reusable five times? Or are all these posts referring to the pen?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/9/2016 3:36 PM

    Hi Barbara, the five uses is in reference to the notebook but that is an estimate.

  • Raymond
    Raymond
    9/9/2016 10:46 AM

    Great idea! I am an IOS user and an Evernote user. How does the upload save to evernote ? Assuming I want to order this today how long before you push out updates for IOS?

    Would I need to buy a new notebook once you make the IOS updates?

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    9/9/2016 11:38 AM

    @Raymond Yes, Rocketbook integrates directly with Evernote. And you can assign each symbol to send your pages as notes within a specific notebook folder. For example, I when I mark the "star" symbol on the paper and scan it in with my Rocketbook app, the page goes right into my "ideas" notebook in Evernote.

    The other benefit of sending to Evernote is that they have good OCR ("optical character recognition") so your handwritten notes are searchable so long as you write somewhat legibly.

    All updates to our iOS app and Android app are backward compatible so you won't have to get a new book if we update the app and add more features.

    We are probably 2-4 weeks from our next iOS app update, but we don't have a fixed release schedule, so it is always possible that this could change.

  • Stephen
    Stephen
    9/9/2016 10:52 AM

    How many pages are included? By 5 uses, does that mean 5 sessions in the microwave, or is it 5 actual uses of a page. So if I use only one page at a time and microwave that one page five times, is the whole notebook then toast or are the rest of the pages OK because I haven't used them yet?

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    9/9/2016 11:43 AM

    @Stephen Interesting question! The usage limit is really driven by the number of times you write on a page. So you can write on any given page 5 or so times. Within reason, the book can be microwaved way more than 5 times.

  • Terry
    Terry
    9/9/2016 10:56 AM

    Seriously? I'm really not comfortable putting my cell phone in the microwave.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/9/2016 11:01 AM

    Hi Terry, I don't blame you that would be an instant disaster, but you don't have to put your cell phone in the microwave just Rocketbook and a cup of water.

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    9/9/2016 11:40 AM

    @Mike @terry: Indeed - do NOT ever put your phone in the microwave! Use your smartphone to scan your pages BEFORE you put your book in the microwave erase(with a mug of water) to clear the ink and reuse the book.

  • susan
    susan
    9/9/2016 10:57 AM

    To follow up on Ryan's question; once you snap the picture is the information actually digitized or is it an image file? Also, the pages made of paper or are they coated in some way ( looks glossy in the video) is the notebook hard or soft covered. Thank you!

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    9/9/2016 11:49 AM

    @susan Hi Susan, the image is captured as a png or pdf image file and then sent to the destination of your choice. The Rocketbook app is designed to be the easiest and fastest way to get your handwritten notes out of your physical notebook and organized in the cloud for you.

    Rocketbook does not transcribe your notes for you. However, if you have it set up to send to Evernote, they have very good "OCR" technology, so your notes are searchable so long as you write legibly.

    The pages do not have a glossy finish. If it appears that way in the video, it might be an artifact of the lighting scenario they used while filming. The pages are much thicker stock and have a dense weave for durability, but they aren't glossy and can be written on with a ball point Pilot FriXion pen. They can also be written on by any pen, but if you don't use FriXion pens they won't be erasable/reusable.

    The notebook does not have a hard cover.

  • scott
    scott
    9/9/2016 12:06 PM

    I LOVE my FieldNotes notebooks, and I've got a whole bunch of them. I also love my fountain pens. Is there a way I can use them with the Rocketbook software? Not giving up the texture of paper and my various curated fountain pens (or my single Tornado Popper). Can I just take a picture and upload them?

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    9/9/2016 12:33 PM

    @scott Hi Scott, Our Rocketbook app only works with Rocketbook pages, but I think you can find other apps to scan your fieldnotes with. Of course, it wouldn't give the Rocketbook system but it'd do the trick for you I think.

    We also provide free Rocketbook PDF pages, which come in handy if you a) forget your notebook at home, b) want to kick the tires on the app and system, c) want to print Rocketbook pages on your own preferred paper and even customize the pages, like if a musician wants to have a music staff. the PDF printout papers are intended for use with the app, but not reusability. I'd be very careful about microwaving other papers or inks. Many papers have binding agents that you might not want to heat and it is common for recycled paper to have tiny shavings of metal, which could be a hazard. Not only is the Rocketbook Wave engineered for performance in the microwave, but every material, ink, etc of the Rocketbook Wave has been tested by an independent lab to make sure it doesn't emit anything bad when microwaved/heated.

  • Clarence
    Clarence
    9/9/2016 12:18 PM

    Are you considering creating NoteBooks in different sizes, for the easy convenience of carrying a smaller size notebook?

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    9/9/2016 12:25 PM

    @Clarence Yes! We do have plans for different sized notebooks. At the time, we just have a "Standard Size" 8.5 x 9.5 in. Next we will have an "Executive Size" and when we have them in stock we'll work with The Grommet to make them available.

  • Karen
    Karen
    9/9/2016 12:20 PM

    How many actual pages are there to write on? I couldn't find that info anywhere.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/9/2016 1:28 PM

    There are 80 pages, Karen. If you click on the photo underneath the video, you can see complete info.

  • robin
    robin
    9/9/2016 12:38 PM

    Hi Joe,

    This looks like an awesome product. MY better half loves Mole Skin pocket note books, except for the perforated pages ( which always tear out before you can use them) would you be making one in a similar size? and how many pages are in the current book?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/9/2016 3:35 PM

    Hi Robin, it's always possible, but I'll let Joe speak to future products. As for the current model, there are 80 pages.

  • Guest
    Guest
    9/9/2016 12:58 PM

    How many pages are in each notebook?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/9/2016 1:29 PM

    There are 80 pages.

  • Stephen
    Stephen
    9/9/2016 1:20 PM

    You never indicated, How many pages are included in the notebook? Are they replaceable or do you need to buy a whole new notebook? If replaceable, how much do they cost?

    Thanks! Looks like a cool idea!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/9/2016 1:30 PM

    Hi Stephen, there are 80 non-replaceable pages in each Rocketbook. You'll have to by a new notebook if you exceed the number of times you can reuse it.

  • Susan
    Susan
    9/9/2016 2:07 PM

    Great concept... Let me know when you come up with one that's a calendar and more reusable lifes. I like writing in a calendar but then would love the ability to add it to my phone so that reminders and such would be set.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/9/2016 3:35 PM

    Thanks, Susan, will do!

  • Linda
    Linda
    9/9/2016 2:10 PM

    what if you don't have a microwave? Also you will know by my next ?, i am very ignorant of this technology. I have cloud access through Apple, will i have to subscribe to another type of account to store the info?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/9/2016 3:34 PM

    Hi Linda, I'll let Joe chime in with a microwave alternative. As far as other programs, Google Drive and Evernote are other services you can use that are completely free.

  • Paul
    Paul
    9/9/2016 3:33 PM

    Great idea! I'm going to watch and see at this point. I'm on IOS and want to wait for the launch for that system. Thanks for sharing.

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