Moleskine’s Smart Writing Set Digitizes Everything You Write In Real-Time


Moleskine is no stranger to technology, having previously partnered with Adobe, Evernote, and Livescribe to automatically digitize anything scribbled on their notebooks. This time around, the company is going out on its own with their tech-packing Moleskine Smart Writing Set.

Consisting of an erstwhile normal-looking notebook and pen, the set automatically digitizes all your notes, scribbles, and brainstorms on paper in real time. No taking pictures of each finished page necessary – as long as you use the notebook and pen from the set, every line you write automatically gets sent to the accompanying app.


The Moleskine Smart Writing Set’s notebook, which they call Paper Tablet, comes with an invisible grid called NCode, which the system uses to determine the position of everything you jot down.  Much of the work of digitizing everything, though, comes from the pen, which packs an onboard camera that takes a snapshot every time the pen’s tip hits the paper. Everything is automatically beamed via Bluetooth to the accompanying app (Neo Notes), although it’s iOS-only for now, with the Android version slated to come out later.


Onboard storage on the pen allows it to store up to 1,000 pages of notes during those times you’re not paired to a phone, so you can still digitize everything even if you leave the phone behind.  To make sure you don’t mistake the Paper Tablet for a regular Moleskine notebook (where the pen won’t be able to work its magic), it comes with rounded corners that mimic the familiar tablet silhouette.

Available now, the Moleskine Smart Writing Set is priced at $199, with additional Paper Tablet notebooks going for $29.95 apiece.

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3 Responses

  1. Pete

    I have so many random notebooks around my house and in the garage. I use notebooks to write my thoughts, keep track of new ideas, and plan out places I’d like to visit one day. My notebooks are scattered, there is no organization, and if my home burned down I would lose all of this. These are among the reasons that I find the Moleskine to be a very appealing product.

    Writing on real authentic paper while simultaneously getting a digital archive of it is really neat. You could then use your Photoshop or GIMP and do digital editing to the notes and drawings that you originally used on the paper notebook. I can see a huge demand for this among not only artists, but businesses and students.

    It’ll synch to Evernote or Google Drive automatically. My only concern with this product is the notebook size. I would prefer to have options to use a larger, more traditional sized notebook. The smaller notebook will be easier for carrying around in the case, but as a traditionalist I still want a larger notebook then they offer. I am sure they will eventually give you the option for a larger notebook once they begin selling more of these. For everything this kit comes with and can accomplish, it seems like a great value.

  2. Jessie

    Now this is something I could have used growing up. I’m one of those not so closet nerds that used to document every single aspect of their life. I have so many diaries that I have more dresser drawers than I’d like to admit solely for the purpose of keeping all of my memories. If there would have been something like this available back in the day, I wouldn’t be lugging around so much weight every time I move to a new city. One of my biggest fears is losing all of my stories, songs and poems and this writing set would have completely removed that issue.

  3. Ericka

    This is absolutely breathtaking! For someone like myself who has liked to write, draw and create since I was first able to bring pencil to paper, this is the kind of creation that is like a dream come true. A friend of mine actually bought me the first notebook created by Moleskin and Evernote and it was really fun to play around with. The thing is, I don’t really use Evernote anymore and my subscription ended. I want to give this new version a shot because it can store up to 1,000 pages of notes for those times when you aren’t linked to your phone. I write and draw a lot but it would take me quite a while to fill that up.


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