Moleskine Smart Writing Set

The legendary way to write, curate, & share

Tomáš Baránek
  • Pros: 

    It really works.


    It does not recognize Czech language.

    I love how it connects paper and digital worlds.

    Tomáš Baránek has used this product for one month.
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Helen Crozier
Helen CrozierHunter@helencrozier · technology mentor
Was excited to hear about this collaboration of Neo smartpen from @eddie_lee today. Basically it's a moleskine branded Neo smartpen, moleskine paper 'tablet' and companion app. I'm a huge fan of this pen and have been since I first wrote with it.
Andreas Duess
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
@helencrozier I've been sitting on the fence about this since it first came out - what do you particularly enjoy about the system? I am currently flip-flopping between pen on paper, digitized by camera, and Evernote/Penultimate on the iPad Pro used with the Apple pencil.
Helen Crozier
Helen CrozierHunter@helencrozier · technology mentor
@andreasduess my brain works better on paper. Despite wanting it all to be collected digitally I think there is a creative/memory disconnect for me when trying to write on anything other than pen and paper. I've tested the livescribe but that is a clunkier pen and process. The Neo smartpen turns on and off automatically and I love being able to choose different line thicknesses and colours. Moving pages or copying to other notebooks is a breeze too. There's a really nice calendar view on the app which gives links to all the notes you wrote on that day no matter which notebook! Having a different notebook for different purposes works. I have a personal journal (original moleskine not the new one) that I fill with my morning pages, goals and ideas. I then have a small memo pad that I carry with me at all times. I then also have a notebook for each big project I'm working on. However due to the ability of being able to move things around if I have an idea and I'm without the notebook I can put it into the memo book and transfer or I can just add a manual Evernote note via my phone so all the ideas are in one place. I hope that helps..... I thought I was going to go the way of the apple pencil but glass seems so cold compared to paper!!
Andreas Duess
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
@helencrozier Thanks. The calendar view sounds amazing. Only yesterday I was frantically searching for meeting notes, taken on paper, three weeks ago to finish a proposal. That's where Penultimate shines - I have Evernote create an automatic notebook for every meeting in my calendar (hurrah for IFTTT) - and then just save my Penultimate notes into that notebook, so I never miss anything. But I am not in love with the writing on glass sensation either, and much prefer pen on paper. There's also some fairly solid research out there that just the presence of a tablet on a table reduces the engagement of the people attending that meeting - electronics are a distracting presence.
Gemma Angelina
Gemma Angelina@gemmaangelina · Maker & Product Manager at Pivotal Labs
Does the smartpen work with any moleskin?
jeremy carson
jeremy carson@thejeremycarson · Data-Driven Creative
@gemmaangelina this is the game changer for me if it is.
Helen Crozier
Helen CrozierHunter@helencrozier · technology mentor
@gemmaangelina unfortunately not it needs the coded paper to send data into the pen. It will work with any Neo smartpen notebook and I would be hopeful that Moleskine will increase their range of compatible notebooks in the future.
Mike Metelerkamp
Mike Metelerkamp@mike_met · Clandestine Insights
I've always been on the fence with a love for doodling thoughts in notebooks vs the enhanced GTD elements that cross platform note/to do apps provide. This product makes that gap much smaller. Love it.
Michael Nease
Michael Nease@nease · Digital Media Specialist/ Podcaster.
Do you have to have the app open the entire time you're writing or does it store it in the pen like a LiveScribe pen? Seems like something I've been waiting over 5 years for.
Helen Crozier
Helen CrozierHunter@helencrozier · technology mentor
@nease stores up to 1000 pages before needing to connect to the app similar to livescribe :-)