What’s CES without a few extravagant tech demos? This time, Qualcomm has lined up a treat: an Ultra Sound NotePad. The real magic lies with a digital pen and the way it can transmit everything to the tablet in real time. The tablet in question is a test device and is powered by the company’s newest Snapdragon 85 chip. The way it works is that the ultrasonic sensor with the pen records the vibrations that are created when it is used to write or draw anything on real paper. This is then transferred to the tablet running the associated app, and an exact replica of what is inscribed on the paper is reflected on the tablet’s screen as well. The video at the bottom demonstrates it in action.
The same stylus that is just as effective to write on the tablet’s display can deliver the same result when used to write on a real paper. This will help those who are more adept at writing on paper than on screens. Artists can have their creations transmitted to a tablet instantly, avoiding scanning their work to digital media; comic artists can also derive immense benefits from the new technology. The unique technology should also speed up back office operations (such as in banking sectors) where organizations maintain a dedicated workforce for scanning content.
However, all of it is still in the demo stages and is yet to be launched commercially, but it shouldn’t be too far away given its huge potential.
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