Trunk Spotlight: Touchanote for Associating Your Notes with Real Life Objects

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 07 Nov 2011

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 07 Nov 2011

  • App/developer name: Touchanote, Wiseleap Solutions
  • Location: Montreal, Canada
  • Price: $3 for 1 NFC tag, $10 for 10 NFC tags, $20 for 25 NFC tags
  • Platform: Android

If you followed the progress of our Developer Competition, you might remember the company that took home the Grand Prize: Touchanote. A very cool integration that brings your notes into the real world by associating them with physical objects, Touchanote blew away the Evernote judges as well as the Trunk Conference audience. We sat down to chat with co-founder Hamid Zaidi to learn more about the app, the evolution of its development, NFC technology, and cool, everyday ways you can use Touchanote to remember stuff in your life.

What inspired the creation of Touchanote?

I’ve been using Evernote for the last couple of years. I save everything related to my accounting and also use Evernote for recipes, travel checklists and to-dos. The idea of Touchanote came thanks to my own personal shortcomings — mainly my really bad memory. What if I could just associate my memories with the objects that they relate to? Before Touchanote, I would tape Post It notes all around my house and my office to remind me of things I needed to do. Now, all I need is my NFC-enabled phone and Evernote.

How Touchanote and Evernote lets me remember how to use my home theater system

Touchanote lets you associate real life objects with your Evernote notes in a really intuitive fashion. Here’s an example: I have a note in my Evernote account with instructions for how to use my home theater system. I can associate the note with an NFC tag that’s attached to my remote control. If I touch my NFC-enabled phone to my remote control, the note in my Evernote account with instructions for how to use my home theater system will pop up.

Since your notes are available to you everywhere you have Evernote installed, anytime you make an update to a note say, on your Mac, it will automatically update to all of your other devices as well.  So, if your home theater system has been updated, you can make changes to your instructions in Evernote and always have access to the most recent version when you place your phone near your remote control.

Above: Watch Touchanote’s presentation at the Trunk conference

Getting Started with Touchanote

If you have an NFC-enabled phone, you can download Touchanote from the Android market. Once you have Evernote and Touchanote installed on your NFC-enabled phone:

  1. Select your note in Evernote.
  2. Select ‘share,’ then select the ‘Touchanote’ option that appears.
  3. Touch the NFC tag with your phone, and you have written the note to the tag.

You can attach a tag to any real life object. Later, to access the information on the tag, simply touch the tag with your phone once again. There is no need to launch an app beforehand; that’s the beauty, notes launch instantaneously.

Who is behind Touchanote?

Touchanote was created by two partners (myself and Cyril). We have a team of eight people, half of which are technical and half of which are experienced in social media and the web. My partner and I blended our expertise areas (mobile and online marketing) to create Touchanote.

Who is Touchanote made for?

Touchanote is made for Evernote users with NFC-enabled phones. Even though our business plan is aimed at the enterprise, the Evernote Developer Competition really put NFC on the map and gave us a lot of insight into how even the average consumer would use it. Touchanote is making larger players realize that there is a market for people who already own NFC smarphones and could really benefit from this kind of service so we’re broadening our initial ideas about our target market to better meet individual consumer needs.


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  • Linda Record

    Wow! The first thing that came to mind was how valuable this would be for the person with early Alzheimer’s — or for those of us with minds so cluttered it’s impossible to remember everything. The ease of instructions available when and where they are needed is remarkable. How much time has been wasted looking for the exact water filter needed for a fridge or a spa; warranty information, serial numbers, purchase dates? And how exceptionally cool it would be for emergency personnel to be able to access home info in a disaster. Things like how many people, pets, unusual situations, etc. could be easily left on a tag for first responders. Fabulous idea. Wish I had an NFC phone. Can hardly wait until this becomes standard and cheap. lr

  • Ben

    you know what I don’t have? an NFC phone.

    you know what I have? an iPhone and a normal printer (that can print bar codes on sticker-sheets)

    hint hint… 😉

  • Saskia

    Ooh, Ben, I like that idea! I don’t even know what NFC means but since I’ve never heard of it I assume my phone doesn’t have it! It would be nice to have something like this for the rest of us.

  • Rob

    As Ben pointed out, printed QR codes with Evernote Links would do the same at a fraction of the cost. A sheet of avery labels is not nearly as expensive, and if the note gets shredded, you can print another one. I’m curious as to how long a NFC tag will last?

  • David Mee

    Long winded but you could save the instructions to Evernote then Share/Copy Note URL to Clipboard. Go to a QR site and generate a QR for that URL. Print the QR code onto a label.

    When you scan the QR code with iOS app it should jump you to the instructions……..