noteslate : a paper tablet

Posted: February 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: design, paper, things | 5 Comments »

Noteslate will be available in June of this year. The idea is a simplified, inexpensive ($99) notepad that mimics the experience of paper notetaking and drawing while saving your screens for use and reference later. A matte screen, a single color (options available), a flat, lightweight object.

I don’t see it being helpful in a meeting but maybe it could be a fun twist on a travel journal. Draw and write wherever you go and it’s saved for ever. And I can see the benefit of not necessarily carrying a connected device with you all the time, such as an iPad.

(*via Kottke.org)


5 Comments on “noteslate : a paper tablet”

  1. 1 angie said at 1:03 pm on February 9th, 2011:

    this is great! i’d want it over the ipad…

  2. 2 lizzie said at 2:56 pm on February 9th, 2011:

    BRILLIANT. i love it. i go through far too many notebooks ALL the time. I think I love the permanence of pen though…the inability to really erase what you’ve said – a file might be too easy to erase if you weren’t sure you liked what you wrote right away, you know? just a thought.

  3. 3 LizB said at 10:57 am on February 11th, 2011:

    It would be great if you could save/email/or off load what draw or write. Tons of possibilities there.

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  5. 5 monkeysonbikes said at 8:02 am on February 24th, 2011:

    I guess someone has to be the party pooper. It’s amusing how people feel that they simply ‘must have’ something merely because it’s a gadget, it has a shiny screen and the marketing come replete with a few fashionable catch-phrases. People do fetishise gadgets don’t they even when they prove to be a piece of tat.

    But hey, who doesn’t want to be a part of the ‘contemporary future’?:

    “The Internet, social networks, connecting everywhere are just beginning, part of the contemporary future. We don`t want to be overwhelmed with technology. The biggest simplicity is enough to express the basics, to explain the idea.”

    To claim (as I think they are with this gibberish) that this is a paired-down, back-to-basics, lo-tech solution to sketching and keeping notes on the fly is I would say, to be marketing the product at the wrong target audience. That ground has been truly covered by your sketchbook and trusty 2b. Evidently the copy people also realise that those who eschew gadgets for simpler approaches perhaps aren’t really their target audience after all:

    “Today all the devices are for us technologies, screens, gates (???), glossy shining objects…we think you will be covered with that anyway and use them”.

    And so they make an appeal to sell it to those who adopt every gadget that hits the market after initially pitching at an audience which patently doesn’t. Well those suckers are a guaranteed market.

    Reading the asserted benefits of the noteslate under the ‘Usability’ heading (making sense of its liberal spraying of ambit claims and catch-phrases is another thing) you realise that absolutely all the stated benefits, not least the energy consumption and cost are better addressed by that 2b pencil and sketchbook.

    Moreover unlike a notepad line-weight and texture are evidently not achievable from the stylus rendering it fairly useless as a serious sketchbook. Given too that the refresh rate of e-ink approaches molasses I really don’t see how taking notes or sketching on this thing would be anything but a chore. It certainly could not come remotely close to the refresh rate of a pencil on paper. Last, the noteslate locks you to the screen resolution. At least if you want to digitise our sketches a scanner allows tremendous flexibility with resolutions.

    A moleskine>noteslate thingie

    Yet another solution in search of a problem. Yet another device that renders an action or activity more complicated and abstracted than it needs to be. But I’m sure it’ll sell by the truckload to those who can’t imagine how they got by without it (read those that think that somehow a shiny new gadget will magically impart added creativity and talent as well as make them look cool and interesting when seen with it in public).

    The Engrish on that site damn funny though not quite as funny as people who think this is somehow a must-have and an improvement on what we have.


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