Evernote Peek: The First iPad Smart Cover App

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    The folks behind Evernote, the notetaking and organizational app, have come up with an interesting new iPad app called Evernote Peek. The app offers a unique use of Apple's Smart Cover to help users study, learn, and improve their memory.

    Evernote Peek works by connecting to an existing Evernote account where your study materials are stored. When you're ready, close the Smart Cover, then fold the first panel back to reveal the question. When you think you have the answer, fold the second panel back and check. Peek will even keep track of which answers you get incorrect so you can go back later (it's on the honor system).

    Evernote Peek is a very clever use of the Smart Cover technology. It's free on the App Store.

    Article Link: Evernote Peek: The First iPad Smart Cover App
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2010
  3. macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2007
    ... It's actually pretty clever.
  4. macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    Seems kind of gimmicky. Wouldn't a notecard app work better?
  5. macrumors regular

    May 23, 2011
    I once used to play cricket using a book. All I needed to see where some page numbers and decide if it was a Six, a Four, a Single, a Double or Out. :p

    This could be used for the same and provides a good feel for it.

  6. macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2010
    It's actually a good demonstration of what can be done. I hope this inspires other companies to create even more useful info.

    Apple has provided interfaces and SDKs that can be put to good use. It's up to the developers to maximize them. Nice to see this sort of thing.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Nov 4, 2009
    This would have been really useful back when I was in college. Making notecards was such a pain in the butt. I really like how it keeps stats on your right and wrong answers. clever app!
  8. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I LOVE watching the video on this. It's very a clever idea.

    It also seems like something I'd never, ever use. I'd much rather tap or swipe the screen to advance the program.

    It's one of those nice 'new ideas' that looks cool but isn't actually better than the old way of doing things.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2001
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2010
    And then get screwed when IOS 6 comes out in 2 years?
  11. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Just a guess, but I bet all it's doing is the program knows to advance to the next question when you wake up the iPad from sleep.

    I bet if you let it sit for 2 minutes until it goes to sleep you'd wake it up and get the next question.
  12. ten-oak-druid, Jun 8, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2011

    macrumors 68000


    Jan 11, 2010
    That is a clever idea.

    Now another good idea wood be for an E-ink cover with a dock connector which allows the ipad to use the cover as an external monitor.
  13. macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2011
    This could bring a whole new ideal for developers. Is there an API with the smart cover magnets? In iOS 4.3 or iOS 5
  14. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    It’s a little goofy, but in a fun and harmless way.

    I remember my studying days... anything that could make that more fun and harmless would have been welcome!

    (You could as easily say a swoosh sound when a flashcard screen turns over is silly. Yes, it’s an unnecessary extra. All you really “need” is some text. But fun, style and polish matter too. So, here’s a new option for "flash cards" that we didn’t have yesterday!)
  15. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    What a cool idea!! Too bad I have the iPad 1.
  16. macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2007
    Arlington, VA
  17. Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    I think it's a brilliant idea, but I wonder if there are any consequences to inflicting multiple short sleep/wake cycles on the iPad.
  18. macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
    Ha same. But gotta admit that is pretty clever.
  19. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2009
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    I think it's a great idea and I give the developers a lot of credit for coming up with something original. If I had an iPad I would definitely try this out as an additional study tool.
  21. RMo
    macrumors 65816

    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    This seems fun right now, but in the long run I suspect it's more gimmicky than anything and certainly more awkward than pressing "Next" or swiping or whatever a no-Smart-Cover-needed alternative is.
  22. macrumors 68020

    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    interesting idea but is this technology helping students cheat on exams?....;)
  23. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    Brilliant idea and another reason to consider an iPad2 for the wish list :)
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2004
    Cute, but Mental Case does all of this other than the smart cover bit and the smart cover bit is the least necessary part of it.

    This is not meant as a slight toward Evernote peek that they managed to do it is awesome and great for those who have a smart cover and want to use it for that, but Mental Case simply wont show you the answer until you tap an onscreen button. Same effect. It keeps track of whether or not you answered correctly and has various schedules to aid retention. There are actually a lot more apps with a similar workflow, many of them good. I just feel that Mental Case has done this well for some time.

    I am in no way affiliated with Mental Case, I have simply used it for a while and dig it.
  25. macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2010
    Burlington, VT
    That is brilliant.. if only I could have been born 10 years later!!!:D

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