Despite the increase in tablets and smartphones, notebooks are still solid companions in many meetings, classrooms, at coffee tables and in home offices. They are invaluable tools for jotting down notes, organizing thoughts or sketching ideas. But there is one drawback: Their linearity. If a topic is discussed during different meetings, it is typically not possible to get all notes on subsequent pages. Going pack and forth between pages is cumbersome and sometimes details get lost.
That’s where Rekonect comes in – a notebook with removable and re-attachable pages. Handwritten content can be moved around and organized in any way that’s practical. Additional pages can be added and illustrations can be inserted to clarify issues. The pages can also be used in a printer to add typed notes and content to the notes.
The Rekonect notebook has a typical writers’ and artists’ notebook look with a faux black leather cover and an elastic band to keep the notebook closed. The most interesting part is its magnetic spine, which allows the pages to be removed and reattached. Each page is equipped with a magnetic strip, which allows the pages to be pulled out or reinserted and attached to the cylindrical spine of the book.
That way, the notebook works like a traditional binder albeit with a sleeker look. The magnetic spine does double duty as a penholder, provided the pen has a metallic clip. The notebooks come with line, graph, dotted or blank paper, depending on the preferences of the user. The inventors stated on their website that the magnet is safe around most day-to-day electrical items.
According to a note on Kickstarter, the project has been two years in the making. So far, it has clearly exceeded its funding goal. Instead of 75000 USD, the Rekonect team has already raised more than 127 000 USD with 30 days to go. The first notebooks are expected to ship in April 2016. Until then, the team still has work to do. The timeline lists the acquisition of a paper machine, manufacturing of the notebook covers, printing and book assembly as next steps. If the production goes as planned, the notebook could become a useful addition to tablets, laptops and smartphones in business meetings and on university campuses.