How to turn your handwritten notes into text messages

Montblanc’s Augmented Paper can convert your analogue notes and doodles into digital form.

September 14, 2016

Always one to dabble in technology, Montblanc follows up last year’s e-strap with – what it’s calling a revolution in writing – Montblanc Augmented Paper.

This piece of gadgetry comes in an elegant leather envelope, that contains a specially adapted StarWalker ballpoint pen with a notebook from the company’s Urban Spirit collection, a USB cable to charge the device, three ballpoint refills, and tweezers to exchange the refills

Announced at this year’s Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, or the IFA, Montblanc’s Augmented Paper is essentially a notepad that converts your analogue notes and doodles into digital form. It does this using the same handwriting tech found in Samsung’s Note devices. 

The notebook works with the help of an electro-magnetic resonance. The leather envelop below the notebook records the strokes you make with the StarWalker. Once you’re done, you’ll need to press a button on the side to transfer your notes to your smartphone via Bluetooth and the Montblanc companion app: Montblanc Hub. Once transferred, notes can be tagged and searched for within the app. 

The notebook is capable of storing up to 100 notes on its internal storage and should last for about eight hours on a single charge. After that, you’ll need to charge it with the USB charge cable.

The German luxury manufacturer claims the Augmented Paper offers “best-in-class handwriting recognition in 12 languages including English, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian and Chinese”.

While we expect the device to work seamlessly for those of you with beautiful handwriting, it may take some getting used to for those of us with sloppy, almost doctor-like writing styles. If nothing else, Montblanc’s Augmented Paper will make you want to improve your handwriting.

Montblanc’s Augmented Paper will be available from October 2016 in the UAE.