Moving towards a paperless society is great for some, but there are still many of us that love that feeling of pen on paper, prompting us to capture, shape and share our inner most thoughts and ideas. The downside is that we can easily lose those important hand-written notes or not have the time to flick through our notebooks to refer back to them. Allowing for traditional input with the power of digital output, Wacom®, a world leader in digital technology, has just launched the Bamboo Spark which lets you write on paper and save digitally.
Bamboo Spark brings note-taking into the 21st century and marries the tactile joy of a traditional ink pen with digital pen technology in a smart pen and smart folio, allowing users to write and sketch on most A5 (148 x 210 mm or 5.83 x 8.27 inches) paper. The smart folio’s EMR (Electro-Magnetic Resonance) board communicates with the pen and offers proven, near-perfect digital input.
With the push of a button, Bamboo Spark synchronises whatever has been written or sketched to your smart device for fast, simple editing and sharing. From there it is synced with the Wacom Cloud, so no idea is ever lost.
The in-built search function allows you to retrieve all handwritten notes on a selected topic saving time and frustration. All your notes are available from your smartphone or laptop, accessible anytime you need them, meaning you can bin your old notepads!
One of the best functionalities the Bamboo Spark offers is that handwritten notes can also be converted to text for placing in emails or other office applications such as Evernote and OneNote. The handwriting to text function also provides advanced search capabilities, allowing one to search by single words, phrases or stings of text from the Bamboo Spark app.
“Bamboo Spark powers up the authentic pen and paper experience with the digital features you use every day on your smartphone, tablet and computer. It is the perfect solution for anyone who appreciates the freedom and simplicity of working with pen on paper to take written notes and share ideas,” say Shane Cook, Managing Director, Wacom Australia.
“Whether a busy professional, connected student or passionate hobbyist, Bamboo Spark goes where you go. From note-taking in the boardroom to sketching out a project, the Bamboo Spark provides a simple way to capture your concepts on paper and with the push of a button, effortlessly move your ideas to the cloud for editing and sharing.”
The getting started process is incredibly user-friendly. Simply download the Bamboo Spark app on an iOS or Android device with Bluetooth® Smart technology. Next, pair the device with the app and start making ideas happen. Every stroke is saved within the app by simply pushing the button in the centre of the device, saving up to 100 pages even in offline mode.
Notes and sketches can be edited in the Bamboo Spark app or exported to Bamboo Paper, Evernote or Dropbox. Bamboo Paper offers a more robust editing experience allowing users to further enhance their digital work thanks to WILL™ universal ink. WILL, the Wacom Ink Layer Language, is a soon-to-be industry standard that offers handling of pen input (strokes) regardless of software, hardware or operating system.
The hub for all creative thoughts, notes and sketches is Inkspace. Inkspace is a web portal that allows users to see and organize their content in one place, also accessible from desktop or laptop computers. Files can be saved in .WILL, .jpg or.pdf format.
For more information on Bamboo Spark, please visit the Wacom e-store - http://www.wacom.com/.
Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan (Tokyo Stock Exchange 6727) with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays as well as of digital styli and solutions for saving and processing digital signatures. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality.