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Rocketbook Wave via Kickstarter
Rocketbook Wave via Kickstarter

This Microwaveable Notebook Lets You Save Your Pages to the Cloud

Rocketbook Wave via Kickstarter
Rocketbook Wave via Kickstarter

Technology has given us more ways to write, save, and edit our ideas than ever before, but some people still prefer the simplicity of pen and paper. As The Next Web reports, the Rocketbook Wave is a product that combines the security of digital files with the old-school style of notebooks.

Writers and artists can use the high-tech journal just like they would any other notebook. Once their creation is complete, they can send it to a folder in Dropbox, OneNote, Evernote, Google Drive, or email by simply tapping a few buttons on the companion app. Seven symbols line the bottom each page, and users can select a destination for their content by marking it with an "X" in pen. After snapping a photo of the page with the app, it will automatically upload to whichever cloud service the crossed-out icon was attached to.

The Rocketbook Wave is also reusable. After you've filled up the book and saved all its pages to the cloud, a few minutes in the microwave will transform it back into a blank state. This is made possible through the special "thermochromic" ink used in Pilot Frixion pens, which can be found in office supply stores and are included with the purchase. The ink becomes transparent at 140 °F, and the Wave notebook has been designed to withstand high levels of heat. If treated properly, the Rocketbook could become the last notebook you ever need to buy.

The product is just one of many devices on the market designed to make classic writing methods easier with digital technology. The Echo Smartpen, for example, can seamlessly make a digital copy of what you're writing while simultaenously acting as a voice recorder. While the Smartpen goes for $250, the Rocketbook Wave is significantly more affordable at only $27 for a pen and notebook. The books are currently available to claim on Kickstarter, where the project has already met its funding goal several times over.

[h/t The Next Web]

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A Limited Edition, Handwritten Manuscript of The Great Gatsby Can Be Yours for $249
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Fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby need to put this on their holiday wish list: The French manuscript publisher SP Books is releasing a deluxe, limited-edition version of Fitzgerald’s handwritten Gatsby manuscript.

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The 328-page, large-format edition is cloth-bound and features an ornamental, iron-gilded cover. The facsimile of Fitzgerald’s original manuscript shows how the author reworked, rewrote, and otherwise altered the book throughout his writing process, changing character’s names (Nick was named “Dud” at one point), cutting down scenes, and moving around where certain information was introduced to the plot, like where the reader finds out how Gatsby became wealthy, which in the original manuscript wasn’t revealed until the end of the book. For Fitzgerald superfans, it's also signed.

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The publisher is only selling 1800 copies of the manuscript, so if you’re a lover of literary history, you’d better act fast.

It’s available from SP Books for $249.

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An AI Program Wrote Harry Potter Fan Fiction—and the Results Are Hilarious
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“The castle ground snarled with a wave of magically magnified wind.”

So begins the 13th chapter of the latest Harry Potter installment, a text called Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash. OK, so it’s not a J.K. Rowling original—it was written by artificial intelligence. As The Verge explains, the computer-science whizzes at Botnik Studios created this three-page work of fan fiction after training an algorithm on the text of all seven Harry Potter books.

The short chapter was made with the help of a predictive text algorithm designed to churn out phrases similar in style and content to what you’d find in one of the Harry Potter novels it "read." The story isn’t totally nonsensical, though. Twenty human editors chose which AI-generated suggestions to put into the chapter, wrangling the predictive text into a linear(ish) tale.

While magnified wind doesn’t seem so crazy for the Harry Potter universe, the text immediately takes a turn for the absurd after that first sentence. Ron starts doing a “frenzied tap dance,” and then he eats Hermione’s family. And that’s just on the first page. Harry and his friends spy on Death Eaters and tussle with Voldemort—all very spot-on Rowling plot points—but then Harry dips Hermione in hot sauce, and “several long pumpkins” fall out of Professor McGonagall.

Some parts are far more simplistic than Rowling would write them, but aren’t exactly wrong with regards to the Harry Potter universe. Like: “Magic: it was something Harry Potter thought was very good.” Indeed he does!

It ends with another bit of prose that’s not exactly Rowling’s style, but it’s certainly an accurate analysis of the main current that runs throughout all the Harry Potter books. It reads: “‘I’m Harry Potter,’ Harry began yelling. ‘The dark arts better be worried, oh boy!’”

Harry Potter isn’t the only work of fiction that Jamie Brew—a former head writer for ClickHole and the creator of Botnik’s predictive keyboard—and other Botnik writers have turned their attention to. Botnik has previously created AI-generated scripts for TV shows like The X-Files and Scrubs, among other ridiculous machine-written parodies.

To delve into all the magical fiction that Botnik users have dreamed up, follow the studio on Twitter.

[h/t The Verge]

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