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.