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No matter how handy you get with typing text or creating digital images on a PC, tablet, or smartphone, for jotting down some quick notes, there’s still nothing as natural and speedy as simply grabbing a pen and piece of paper. The drawback to the old-school analog route, though, is that you might end up with dozens of sheets of annotated doodles lying around, which aren’t the easiest to catalog and refer to when you get down to the nitty-gritty of organizing and working through your project digitally.

But a new product from Japanese electronics manufacturer Wacom is promising the best of both worlds, as it lets you write notes on regular paper, then quickly transfer them as digital data to a variety of devices.

When closed up, Wacom’s just-announced 17,800-yen (US$145) Bamboo Spark looks like an ordinary, if stylish, notebook.

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Open it up, and things still don’t appear all that high-tech. There’s a clip for a specialized pen, and a pad of papers on which to write down random thoughts, sudden flashes of inspiration, or doodles of a neckless man out for a jog.

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But a closer look reveals a button next to the paper pad, which powers up the built-in digitizer. Synch that to Wacom’s cloud network, and you can access whatever you’ve written or drawn on your smartphone or tablet right away.

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Not on Waco’s cloud network? Not a problem, since you can also use the Bamboo Spark with Dropbox and Evernote.

▼ In keeping with the mixed media theme, the case even has a space to hold your tablet.

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As shown in Wacom’s promotional video, transferring your notes to digital form even allows you to undo steps in the writing process, making your handwritten words function almost like a PC word processor.

And while the system requires you to use the specialized pen the Bamboo Spark is bundled with, once the included 50 memo sheets run out, any kind of paper can be used, so go ahead and scribble, doodle, and brainstorm to your heart’s content.

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Just make sure not to spill any coffee on the paper before you digitize it.

Source: Gizmodo, Wacom
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