I HAVE INVESTED time, money and faith in Evernote as my digital stash, trusting it to be equivalent to my grandfather's foot locker that once housed objects of his life.
I have such a locker too but suspect it has been broken up and its contents sold at a boot sale. Several high-end aviation components, part of my life story, were in boxes of mine that never followed me when I settled in Ireland. When I packed those boxes, I should have indexed them in Evernote instead of merely writing down contents on a page.
During the past year, I have tried to make electronic records of my physical assets so that things like IMEI digits, VIN numbers, keycodes and windscreen dongles all fall into an Evernote record repository. I'm getting better at the process and the orderliness that follows frees my mind for other things.
But there is a bigger harvest ahead of Evernote functionality comes embedded in more things.
I would like an Evernote voice recorder good enough to create actions in notes when I mentioned reserved words such as "reminder", "hashtag", "immediate", "routine" and customised terms as set by myself. This could result in me making an audio note that converted into searchable text by the server and Evernote apps on various systems.
I would like an Evernote process that ran at night and harvested images from my devices, putting them into an archive with contextual metadata. Done to perfection, it would mean being able to see shots from geographical locations in my own Evernote collect on when using search engines for data about specific places.
So many smart solutions already exist inside Evernote's ecosystem. Because of the accuracy of Evernote's OCR services, I can take Lumia 925 shots of itemised grocery receipts and then do smart stuff with shopping lists. It is an on-going process in our strategy of feeding four people for less than €20 a day.
If Evernote continues making its apps contextually aware and creating simple devices that record and document activities, it will truly delight my grandchildren when they open my digital locker.