ChatGPT-powered Stationery wasn’t on my 2023 Bingo Card, but the XNote is one of those exceptions that I find myself increasingly impressed by. While ChatGPT revolutionized the internet exactly a year ago, the technology’s applications are only slowly beginning to really reveal itself. Meet XNote, a smart pen and notebook combo that bring LLMs to the intersection of mind and paper. A lot of how we use ChatGPT is limited to the keyboard, but XNote breaks that barrier. Anything you use a notebook for, XNote plugs ChatGPT into. It can summarize, expand, or translate notes. It can digitize to-do lists and even update them when you check things off. It can turn hand-written recipes into digital text that’s converted to the units you want. It can take your written task list and turn them into actual phone reminders… and perhaps the most scarily impressive of all, it can solve all your math (or any subject really) problems in seconds by understanding the formulas and equations you write, or even the graphs you draw, instantly identifying them and crunching the numbers to deliver the answer. The answer isn’t metaphorical anymore… the pen truly IS mightier than the sword.
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Smart notebooks, much like search engines, have been around for years now, allowing you to sketch on paper but simultaneously have your sketches and doodles digitized in real-time. However, ChatGPT revolutionized (and in some ways even destroyed) search in a very fundamental way, reinventing it completely. That’s exactly what the XNote does for smart notebooks too. Not only does it digitize your sketches, ideas, notes, and charts… it actually takes them to the next level by turning AI into your collaborator.
There are three components to the XNote experience that come together to seamlessly deliver AI greatness while still being fairly traditional – the notebook, the pen, and the XNote app. I say fairly traditional because the XNote was built around a common human practice of writing/sketching physically rather than digitally. It’s been human nature for centuries to use a writing instrument and paper, and as advanced as XNote is, it doesn’t change that fact. What it does, however, is sprinkle the magic dust of LLMs over your written material, doubling your efficiency, reducing your workload, and helping unlock new avenues.
The notebook and pen look just like regular stationery, and therein lies the XNote’s illusion. There’s no fancy QR code, there are no flashing lights, there isn’t even an on/off switch. Just uncap the pen and begin writing anywhere on the notebook, and your scribbles instantly get beamed to XNote’s app in real-time, where ChatGPT’s API processes what you write/draw in a myriad of ways. The pen itself is a marvel of engineering, with a 265mAh battery that gives it a standby time of 60 days and actual use of 7-8 hours. Data from the pen gets beamed to XNote’s app using BLE5.0, while the pen itself has 4MB of storage, which might seem paltry… but it’s the equivalent of a thousand A4 pages filled with text and drawings. The notebook, on the other hand, matches the pen’s aesthetic with an all-black appeal. It’s styled like your conventional Moleskine-type notebook, with an elastic band that holds the book shut when not in use.
The book is great for pretty much any kind of use. Whether it’s a personal journal, a work notepad, an organizer, an idea journal, a first draft of a novel, or even the notebook you write your study notes in, the XNote makes for a great piece of analog stationery. The magic, however, happens beyond the analog – in XNote’s ChatGPT-powered app. The app’s multitude of features are all powered by ChatGPT’s capabilities. Running on OpenAI’s API, the app interprets texts and drawings, drawing inferences from them, understanding their inherent instructions, and even categorizing them so that it’s easier to search for notes later on.
Write a paragraph and the app can summarize it, or even translate it across 53 languages (as of November 2023). Take notes in a meeting and the app lets you turn them into a task list, an action plan, or a Minutes-of-Meeting email that you can directly send in seconds. You can ‘ask’ your notebook questions, turn quick scribbles into reminders, or even write complex formulae or draw graphs and have ChatGPT solve them for you. Your intro paragraph could be used as a prompt to write an entire essay, your note for a recipe could be converted into a shopping list, and your short haiku could be turned into a beautiful poem. All this happens while your notes and drawings stay digitized for later reference, so you can access your content through the app without having your notepad with you.
XNote runs on ChatGPT’s secure API, which means all your text is end-to-end encrypted, accessible only to you, and isn’t used to train ChatGPT’s large language models. Your notes stay stored on the cloud, although XNote also lets you keep them offline so you can reference them without an internet connection. Your handwritten notes get stored both in hand-written as well as digital text formats, allowing you to share them any way you choose, and the app even supports the addition of voice memos to your text. Most of the app’s core features are free of cost (like unlimited cloud storage, syncing, and offline availability), but accessing the ChatGPT-powered features requires an XNote AI+ Membership plan which costs $9 per month or $59 for a yearly subscription. The notebook and the pen, on the other hand, start at $149, with an 18-month warranty on the pen’s hardware, a charging cord, 5 free ink refills, a 1-month free trial of the AI subscription, and global shipping.
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