Six months ago, I was given a Wipebook and it has been a great addition to my workbag. Basically, the Wipebook is the equivalent of a whiteboard in a portable format. The inventors of the product even made a pitch on Dragon Dens to receive funding to help them market their product. The biggest criticism they received was that people wouldn’t be interested in such a product because most of us have tablets with applications that enable us to do something similar. One of the inventors responded that tablets are simply not there yet. Here’s why I agree with the inventor and how this product impacted how I work and think!
- Something tactile. I personally love the feeling of the marker being applied to the coated pages of the Wipebook. I have used tablets to draw out diagram and I don’t find that they are as responsive to my handwriting. There is a small but noticeable lag that is distracting, and I cannot find a comfortable position to write in. As soon as my wrist touches the screen, it adds unwanted lines.
- Ability to easily erase. Unlike paper, you can easily edit your notes or diagram when using a Wipebook. I find it makes it easier in a meeting to show colleagues an accurate diagram without too much scribbling that has to be ignored. The diagrams and notes can remain clean!
- Temporary. When it comes to creativity, it is important not to be bound by constraints or limitations. When I was using the Wipebook to think about a system, I found it much easier to just try and draw something out, knowing that it could all be erased. It didn’t have to be perfect from the start, and I knew that I wouldn’t be left with sheets of paper that needed to be discarded later on.
- Practical size. Although I love whiteboards, there isn’t one in every room or place where I work or think. The Wipebook is a full size notebook that can be easily carried wherever I go… and I can easily pass it on to colleagues to show what I was thinking and have them contribute without having to explain how the “app” works.