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Old 01-18-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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$99 concept NoteSlate tablet does electronic ink in color, but only one at a time

$99 concept NoteSlate tablet does electronic ink in color, but only one at a time

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E-readers could use a little color in their lives -- and getting a little cheaper wouldn't hurt either. The NoteSlate has color, but not certainly not all colors. It's a touchable slate with a 13-inch diagonal, 750 x 1080 display that's said to be "eInk" -- which may or may not mean "E Ink...
Looks more like a sketching tablet and later on pdf reader. Sony 650 can do that now.
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:37 PM   #2
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13 inch diagonal.
US$99.
Right size, right price.
It's not a reader but once it displays and annotates pdfs it will find a market.
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The sketching function of Sony 600 and 650 is really minimal, due to the extremely sluggishness of screen refresh and the annoying reflection on the touch screen. It's usable but not useful.
Judging from the photos in the link the display is very E-ink like. Let's wait and see what performance we can get.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:58 PM   #4
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http://www.noteslate.com/
Well, I am still skeptical, so to say, too good to be true, and the words a bit unofficial. To promise future firmware update before hardware really comes out is quite shaky. Also nothing about the real technicals are given. Another vaporware?
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:53 PM   #5
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Here's a sketching device available now and for less than $20:

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Old 01-18-2011, 11:24 PM   #7
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Looks more like a sketching tablet and later on pdf reader. Sony 650 can do that now.
great woolly jeebus, I'm sporting a full roll of lifesavers in my pocket right now. THAT is the sort of device people are needing from the EPD technology. Look forward to seeing more from what can be done with the platform.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:29 AM   #8
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interesting.

well, I agree with Hanselda: it's too good to be true.
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Does it have wifi and/or 3g?
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:29 AM   #10
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One at a time?

So sort of the Ultra Boy of color ereaders?
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:36 AM   #11
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Does it have wifi and/or 3g?
What that device really needs is a stylus. It's next to impossible to make an accurate diagonal line with those two knobs. I know, I spent a lot of my childhood trying. (let's not go into how inaccurate my stylus-drawn lines are)
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What that device really needs is a stylus. It's next to impossible to make an accurate diagonal line with those two knobs. I know, I spent a lot of my childhood trying. (let's not go into how inaccurate my stylus-drawn lines are)

As for the NoteSlate, the idea intrigues me, but those badly-drawn pictures on the website are disturbing. Are they saying that's the best an expert can do? If so, what someone like me does will look like we did it with an Etch-a-Sketch. I really love the concept (and the price) but if the best it's going to do is a picture of dubious resolution and with such poor control that it screams "screen lag" to me, I'm better off with pencil, paper, and my scanner.
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Realistically, if you look at the web site what we're looking is at most a demo, sheer vapor at worst.
The concept, however, is solid.
There truly is a market for a pdf annotation device at that price point. If it had a quality object-based drawing package built-in it could easily command a much higher retail price.
But until they can actually present a working unit with a credible shipping date any promises have to be taken with a pound of salt.
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There truly is a market for a pdf annotation device at that price point.
Maybe, but that's like saying there's a market for both left- and right-handed back scratchers at the right price point.

Although I do see value in dedicated devices, at a certain point it gets superfluous and wasteful. A more optimal situation is to produce epaper devices with better PDF and annotation support.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:11 PM   #15
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I dunno but with hundreds of readers and tablets out there (11 milion and more a year) and nobody else seems to care enough about that market to pay attention to it. These guys may be blowing vapor but at least they care.

Btw, 12% of mankind is lefthanded so a lefthanded-optimized backscratcher would find a ready market.

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