I’m a note-taker, doodler, writer, and all around paper addict. The Rocketbook Wave is a notebook that, when left in the microwave, completely erases every page. But, not before it backs up every page to whatever cloud service you use, like Google Drive, Dropox, your email – wherever.
your microwave as an eraser
The Rocketbook Wave is designed to be microwave-friendly, so that means the pages, the binding, and the covers won’t just catch on fire.
However, this clever method will only work with a special type of ink that is sensitive to high-temperatures. The Frixon Pilot Pen uses thermo-sensitive ink. When exposed to temperatures reaching 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the ink will be colorless. Here’s a hair dryer illustrating the ink’s sensitivity:
Since Android and iOS have implemented automatic backups of photos, we can take pictures of the important notes or doodles we make so that we have access to them from any of our devices. This works well enough, but can become very unorganized over time.
To solve this, the Rocketbook Wave works in tandem with the Rocketbook App for Android or iOS. Each page has an icon located along its bottom border that can be set to upload that page to a specific location:
Each icon can represent a unique location inside any of the supported services. So the Apple icon could send your notes to the Fruits folder in your Dropbox account. Marking the Bell could send your drawings to your Concept Art folder in Google Drive. The flexibility it provides, along with the promise to support more cloud services, shows that the Rocketbook Wave could easily evolve as new services arise.
The notebook is designed to have borders that help distinguish its pages from the surrounding environment. The app can then easily detect each page using the camera on your phone or tablet.
At the bottom of each page, a QR code serves as a “page number,” telling the app the proper order to upload each page.
It detects pages very quickly and the end results are very accurate, despite grabbing the images at a slight angle.
Being an expensive notebook, durability becomes a very important factor. How much use can one expect to get out of a reusable notebook? The team says that “generally users can expect up to 10 reuses.” That seems a little low to me, but then again, I’ve only ever filled one notebook from cover to cover. The amount of reuses will depend on how much ink is on your pages, and how comfortable you are writing over the “ghosting” of erased ink.
Does it stack easily? Are the bindings resistant to damage? How will it hold up stuffed into a backpack with laptops, other notebooks, textbooks, etc.
I’m not a big fan of spiral notebooks like the Rocketbook Wave. I stick to composition books because they’re inexpensive, have hard covers that hold up to most kinds of abuse, and have a very low profile when I want to store them away.
Composition books don’t tear at the seams in the same way spiral notebooks do.
Rocketbook Wave – the most interesting notebook
The Rocketbook Wave is certainly the most interesting notebook that I’ve ever seen. It provides options I’ve never had in a notebook before, and just because of that, it’s a product worth trying out at least once. A cloud-smart notebook is definitely something I want in my future, but I don’t think the Rocketbook, in its current form, fits with how I’d like a notebook to be.
Regardless, it’s a fantastic product. Over on their kickstarter page, with 28 days to go (as of the time of this publishing), 6,740 people have voiced their support, raising more than $340,000 dollars. That’s 1,700% past their initial funding goal. Clearly, people are just as eager to see how the Rocketbook Wave will impact their lives as I am!