Recently I’ve been doing the paperless thing. I know it is green, good for the environment, and all that jazz, but that is not why I have started to do this. The reason behind this is my e-memory.
In a book that I am reading called “Total Recall” by Gordon Bell, Bell describes the wave of the future, e-memory. The concept of an e-memory is to store everything that happens in your life (video, audio, things you read, say, people you meet, etc.). These “memories” are then stored in the cloud in a searchable format. For an in depth description and a good read, I highly recommend picking this book up.
Anyway, I’ve decided to start building my e-memory by going paperless with Evernote. Evernote is a free application which allows you to store images, audio, files, and more. And then everything (including the images) are searchable.
So I’ve been taking notes in class on my notebook as usual, and when I get home I take snapshots of each page with an iPhone application called “Genius Scan+”. This application takes each image of my notebook, crops out items which aren’t notes, and (by my command) converts each image to black and white (smaller image size). Then each image is put in a set of images, and then I can upload this set to my Evernote account which I can access on my iPhone, iPad, Mac, or on the web.
Evernote takes in the images and converts the contents of the image to searchable text. So say I wrote, “Test next Thursday” in my notes — I’d be able to search through all of my notes for this sentence.
By doing this, I can eliminate clutter of notebooks, recycle paper, and keep my notes (and eventually memories) organized and accessible all for the small price of an iPhone app ($2.99).