I'm a whiteboard fan. I have one in my home office, and every single conference room at work has one of those giant, wall-size boards that I find great for brainstorming and mind-mapping - sketching out ideas before you've even started formal research or drafting. The one problem with whiteboards is that they're not portable. Sure, there are a lot of "whiteboard-style" tablet and laptop apps out there, but they can be fiddly, and sometimes you don't want to be passing your tablet around a conference table or messing with a projector in order to share your ideas with the rest of your team.
Enter the ButterflyBoard, which is essentially a whiteboard notebook consisting of four 8.5 x 11 boards held together with a magnetic binding. The pages can be pulled apart to create a larger whiteboard (two sheets together), or to hang on a larger magnetic surface. See the video and gif embedded below for an example of what I'm talking about.
My Impressions and Where to Buy
ButterflyBoard sent me a sample to test out, and I've found myself using it more than I initially expected. While it won't replace my notebooks in my daily carry, I've have used it regularly for things like jotting down talking points before telephone calls and as a demonstration aid in meetings at work. Last night I was preparing some very preliminary outlines for some new blog content and ended up pulling out the ButterflyBoard for some quick sketching. It's a cool idea that I hope succeeds.
If this product is something that interests you, please visit the ButterflyBoard Indiegogo page. You can back for $39, which will get you a ButterflyBoard and a pack of four fine-point whiteboard pens. (I have not tried the advertised pens, though mine did ship with a really high-quality Pilot Wytebord marker.) This project has a flexible funding goal, meaning that the creator will receive funding for the project even if the stated $20,000 goal is not met.
Disclaimer: I was sent a sample ButterflyBoard free of charge for testing, but was not otherwise compensated for this post.