At the time when our grandparents were in primary school the paper notebooks were very costly, so most school students worked on slates. Now that idea is being restored, with this Digital notepad called the NoteSlate.
A color 13-inch display takes up most of the front panel of the device with ONE TOUCH ability just with pen or eraser. The screen measures 190 x 270 mm and 210 x 310 x 6 mm thin body. Its weight is 280 g and approximately 180 hours of battery life. Connectivity includes a USB port, SD-slot, 3.5-mm jack and power (AC/DC 12 volts). Also Wi-Fi module is available on request with order. The resolution (claimed as 100 ppi) seems low for E Ink. It’s not designed to handle photos or fancy graphics. But it has no web browsing capabilities.
The NoteSlate acts like a piece of digital paper. Here you can write and sketch. And the three hardware buttons let you store the current page, delete the whole page, or flip to the previous page.
The company is developing NoteSlates with a standard white background with a black text and also four different models with black backgrounds and white, red, green and blue text and pictures.
At launch, the NoteSlate will support you to make drawings and listen to MP3s using headphones. There is no speaker. Future updates will bring support studies, I soon thereafter, sought to become part of an after driving ed games program where I am a tutor and create enrichment activities for children of all ages. for reading PDF files and also support for OCR text recognition for converting written notes to plain text.
The overall concept is very interesting, the $99 black on white NoteSlate Basic model is set to launch in June, with various color options to follow. The launch date is promised as June 2011. I will wait to see this gadget which may replace paper notebooks in future.
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