The Best Back to School Inventions
As August reaches its end, the creeping feeling of summer vacation comes back around as it’s finally back to school season. For some this may seem daunting, but looking on the positive side of things, every upcoming back to school season means its time to get back to getting things done! In spirit of getting into the mood for productivity and accomplishing goals, here are a list of products that inspire you to get ready to get back to focusing and work. Sometimes, the right product is all you need to motivate you into doing something that might seem daunting. Below we’ve listed some of the best back to school inventions that will help get you ready for the upcoming school year!
The Back to School Invention Everyone Needs
In today’s age of technology, it seems as if almost every product has become or turned into a ‘smart’ object, and this is no different for stationary. The Livescribe Smartpen is the best back to school invention that can save your life in any class. This pen features a microphone, camera, speaker and storage that captures every moment of usage. The camera within the pen captures every moment that is used with the pen, capturing all your notes or doodles, and familiarizing itself with your handwriting. Thus, with the pens built in micro-phone and speaker, the pen can digitize your notes, record audio and play everything back for you. Once you connect your pen with the linked echo app, you can see all your notes synced onto a computer, making it easier to share, store and organize your notes.
The Smart Notebook
One of the biggest problems with notebooks is that a lot of people usually throw them out once they’re finished with them. Even worse, some people opt to throw out the whole page of paper if they make a mistake, wasting paper! To solve this, The Rocketbook is a back to school invention that makes note taking a breeze and more convenient for a busy school day. The notebook looks and feels like a regular notebook, except that once you’re done writing what you need, simply take a picture to scan your note onto your phone and the Rocketbooks linked app will create a digitized and cleaner image of your note. Once you’re done, simply wipe down your page to reuse!
The Quintessential Backpack
If you’re entering or already in post secondary schooling, you already know how important it is to have a laptop. Your laptop will carry all your notes, essays, assignments and access to a lot of online resources available to you during your school career. For this reason, your laptop is extremely valuable and should be kept safe with you at all times. However, it isn’t uncommon that a lot of students find their laptops stolen! To help solve this problem, XDDesign created a great back to school invention, a anti-theft backpack! The backpack features a cut proof design with no front access, hidden pockets and zippers! This concealed design makes it difficult for anyone to steal or grab anything from your backpack, making sure that all your belongings are safe. Additionally, the backpack comes with an integrated USB port perfect for keepings your phone charged at all times, and three innovative ways to opening your bag without the fear of having your contents spill out and break.
Find out how backpacks have become the quintessential model for wearable innovation in our past blog on backpacks!
This Back to School Invention Will Help Digitize Your Notes
Another smart pen on the market, is the Neo Smartpen M1. Unlike the previously mentioned Livescribe Smartpen, this smart pen markets itself as one of the thinnest and lightest smart pens available, giving it a smoother experience to write with. Linked with a app, anything the user uses the pen the jot down any notes, the pen tracks the handwriting of the user and syncs it to the app, showing you a real live tracking of your handwriting! The pen can detect between the user switching between notebooks, and if you need to change the colour of your notes, you can easily do so on the app. What makes this back to school invention so unique and powerful is that the smart pen can transcribe languages and give you a recording of all that you’ve written down. The app also makes it easy to search for anything you’ve written down, saving you time from having to relentlessly flip through countless notebooks.
Interested in discovering more of the best back to school inventions? Check out our past blog here!
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Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent
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