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Digital Paper is a Reality with the Upcoming NoteSlate Tablet

Bobby Travis

Bobby Travis

This is a post by Bobby Travis, who wrote with me at 40Tech from 2009 through 2012. Bobby has since moved on to bigger and better things, but I've left all of his great contributions up on the site. - Evan
Bobby Travis

If you’ve always wanted to be done with pen and paper in favor of a comparable digital solution, or are just a fan of nifty one-trick gadgets, then you are going to want to put aside $100 this June for the NoteSlate. NoteSlate is a high tech gadget with low tech dreams; an E-Ink tablet with the sole purpose of doing its best to emulate a notepad — or, more likely, one of those personal chalkboards that is its namesake.

It’s actually a very cool idea. The tablet’s 13-inch screen and stylus combo make for easy note scrawling, diagram drawing, and other scribbles, and the single purpose aspect makes for a comparatively low-priced solution for the pen and paper crowd that want an upgrade that fits their work habits.

The specs of the NoteSlate are intriguing, as a few of them fly directly in the face of the MORE POWER mantra of most of today’s devices. Check out some of the highlights below:

  • 750×1080 pixel display that outputs at 100ppi
  • 1bit colour
  • No antialiasing — they claim this is their best feature
  • Optional WiFi (it’s free to add it in, apparently)
  • No web browsing (though there is some sort of sharing client)

It does have some of the more standard things you might expect from a modern tablet, however, such as its slick look and extremely light weight, a mini-USB port, SD card slot that supports up to 32GB, and mp3/PDF/OCR capability (another free upgrade). It also bears mentioning that the hardware and software are both open source, and that you can get a few different single-colour models, and even a four-colour model to suit your personal tastes.

NoteSlate_color Digital Handwriting Tablet

It is unclear how well the NoteSlate will do in the burgeoning tablet market, but it definitely does speak to a niche of more hands-on, note takers, especially those with a more minimalist bent.

What do you think of the NoteSlate?