The Neoslate Digital Writing tablet was unveiled today that is a full touch screen interactive e-paper tool that should do very well in niche segments. It allows the display of one color at a time run in conjunction with e-ink. Although it is in the concept stages right now, it should see a full release in the 2nd quarter of 2011.
The writing tablet is on a 13.1 inch capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 750×1080 pixels. The battery life is setup to garner weeks of use and it will even read PDF files in the future.
There are three main physical buttons on the Neo Slate; save current screen , view previous screen, delete current screen. On the top side are basic inputs (USB, switch, headphones, SD Card,..) and pen – the basic tablet input. Push that and the pen comes from the tablet.
The unit will come in three different color iterations, black, red, green and blue, which is good because you have choice in the color of your chasis.
The software on this version will be open source and will support MP3, basic line drawing, notes, textviewer, and OCR handwriting recognition. They also mentioned that WI-FI models will be available.
This looks like a very interesting tablet featuring interactive e-ink on a large 13 inch display all under $100.00, lets hope it comes to market and is not vaporware.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.