Introducing the Paper-Like e-Ink NoteSlate


Call it the anti-iPad.

Its actual name is the NoteSlate, and it wants to replace all the notepads and paper in your life. Instead of running apps or playing multimedia, it does just one thing: write. You can sketch, you can write, you can draw, and you can save whatever you do on an SD card up to 32GB. It plays MP3s, too, though I don’t really see the need on a device made for simplicity of purpose.

Come June, $99 will get you this clever slate/tablet that sports a 13″ display that comes in either white or black, and is just 6mm thick (less than a quarter of an inch). Multiple versions of the NoteSlate will be available, including red, green, and blue, with the e-ink sporting those colors. There’s even one model that lets you write in multiple colors. Impressively, the built-in battery is purported to run for 180 hours.

Wifi will be an optional feature, and it comes with its own stylus, though there will be a model available that allows you to use an actual pen or pencil. The matte finish on the screen is supposed to increase its feeling of being similar to paper, and the weight is close to a typical notepad or clipboard, at just over half a pound.

It’s a boutique product that the developers intend to sell themselves, without licensing it to any other stores. But if this thing can deliver on what it aims to be, it would seriously appeal to a whole new segment of the tablet audience: the most casual of all users.

Me want.


  1. TLK says

    That looks good. Probably be used to some people alot, others as a way to pass the time or entertain some kids on a long trip. And for $99 (or more) id still honeslty have one. Looks like a fun novelty item, that might turn out to be pretty good. We’ll have to see.

  2. says

    Gosh darn it, what does this thing remind me of? Oh yeah, an actual notepad. You know, the kind that has paper. Except I can tear out pages from a notebook, bend and drop it without ruining it, and NOT pay a hundred friggin’ dollars for it. Seriously, are the inventors on crack??? Oh wait, it plays mp3s. That’s good, because there aren’t already a million devices out there that do that.

    • gcb says

      I think the idea is that we’re cutting down _millions_ of trees, and paper is becoming a less viable option if we don’t want to completely rape our planet.
      But i’m sure you already thought of that ;)

      • mrsleep says

        The tree argument is specious.
        We cut down the old growth decades ago, there’s nothing left but 2nd and 3rd growth, and they now have tree farms for paper production.
        The damage has already been done to the forests, and now they have made it sustainable. You are better off harping on the paper production process, it far more damaging than cutting down the trees.

        • Aja says

          I wonder which is worse, the whole of the paper process, from cutting down the trees to the landfill/recycling plant, or the whole of the machine construction process, from the invasive mining for precious metals, unfair labor practices overseas, plastic manufacturing, and recycling/shipping off to Thailand to be burned?

          plz read as unbiased comment. I am neither a computer recycling wizard nor a paper-making expert.

          • Ron says

            More to the point on the useful scale – For someone who carries around hundreds of documents, this thing is much more inviting than a load of three-ring binders to try to keep everything organized. $99? Hell, that’s one trip to the chiropractor after lugging everything around. Pretty simple – if you’re not interested, don’t get one.

  3. DaveH says

    I find that when I really want to be creative, sitting in front of a screen makes it difficult. So, I’ll often sit down with a pen and paper to hash out my ideas. I don’t think a tablet would help; it’s having all the free-flow ideas, scratch-outs, etc., in front of me that kindles the creative process. The problem has always been transferring to the PC afterward for editing. Now, I have to re-type from my handwritten notes. So, if this thing will work well with an OCR program, and easily allow input of images to the PC for editing, I will be sure to try it. I’m not confident it will replace a notepad, but it sure looks like a strong possibility.

  4. Garrett says

    It may be saving paper, but think about the number of trees that have to be burned to power the factories that make the intricate inner workings of the electronics? Consumption from the creation of electronics is just as much of a concern.

  5. Jake says

    If one of these could play customizable streaming radio I will be a thrall to whatever company produces it!

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