The Microwavable Notebook

The Microwavable Notebook

You know how annoying it is when you want to cook your notebook and the only option is the oven? How it takes forever to heat up? And what about summer? Forget it.

Well, great news. The new Rocketbook Notebook is microwave-ready.

Rocketbook is the newest in a series of notebooks that seek to make digitizing your handwritten notes, sketches, and ideas really easy. Which they do, but there's just one problem.

Let's take the Evernote notebook. It's slick, it's made by Moleskine. And it costs $30. And, most problematic of all, it's still an analog, paper notebook that you digitize and then...what?

Rocketbook is just a little different. It scans, it digitizes, and once you've digitized your stuff, you pop the notebook in the microwave, hit the +30 sec. button (because that's the only button on a microwave anyone needs anyway) and the pages are erased, ready to be reused.

There is a caveat. You have to write using Pilot FriXion pens, which come out to about $2 bucks apiece. 

Let's do a good news/bad news on this product.

Good News:
You can digitize your notebooks and get rid of them for real.

You don't have to spend $30 on new notebooks.

There's a pretty convenient system that not only scans documents but will send them to a specific folder in Dropbox or Google Drive or whatever you use.

Bad News:
You can't use your pen of preference. Unless FriXion is your pen of preference, in which case bully for you.

It appears that images are scanned and handwriting isn't converted to text.

Rocketbook uses its own proprietary app, so you may be limited based on what they choose to offer.

Overall, the cool factor of erasing a notebook in the microwave is pretty high, I have to say. 

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Jill Hutchinson March 13, 2015 - 1:40pm

I'm pretty sure you can do this with any notebook as FriXon pens erase with heat. So you could in theory buy the Moleskine, microwave it, and reuse. I haven't tried this myself, but I have tried to photocopy a page written with a FrXon pen and it disappeared (except for the scratching left by the pen). So some good and bad points. But now I know what my next experiment will be! 

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman March 13, 2015 - 3:51pm

I never thought of that, but how weird it would be to have a photocopied page vanish. 

That's interesting and true. Just so long as the Moleskine doesnt react to heat. Which should be fine except for possibly the glue in the binding (it's my understanding they use a sewn/glue combo). Also, I don't know what exactly the cover is made of. Surely not...mole skin.