Despite rapid technological advancement, paper remains one of the most versatile canvases for documentation, record keeping, art, and other forms of work. While tablets up until now have not been able to completely replicate the look of feel of digital “paper,” we may been on the brink of change. A company called reMarkable has unveiled an impressive new e-paper tablet. Not quite an e-reader, not quite a tablet. This gadget falls somewhere in between.
The new e-paper tablet is simply called “reMarkable,” and it aims at combining the flexibility of a paper notepad with the convenience of an electronic tablet. Companies have attempted this in the past but the slow refresh rates of e-ink displays rendered them frustrating and overall unusable. These problems have been resolved by with what is being referred to as a “canvas” display. The 10” Kindle-like screen will look similar to paper while delivering very low latency. In other words, you can draw and write on the e-ink display with the pen without noticing any lag.
The reMarkable ships with 8GB of storage onboard. It is powered by a 1GHz ARM A9 CPU and runs Codex – a custom Linux OS optimized for e-paper. It weighs 350 grams and is considerably heavy compared to a traditional paper notepad. Fortunately, it is lighter than an iPad mini. With no glass parts and a battery that lasts several days, reMarkable seems to have struck a nice balance between durability and portability.
In addition to providing a realistic pen-on-paper sensation, the reMarkable has all of the advantages of an electronic device. With live sync, you can see your notes and doodles on your phone, tablet, or laptop in real time. In addition, the cloud service makes it easy to save and store your notes. On top of that, users will have the option to import documents, books, textbooks, and other files onto the device. This will make it simple to write and sketch on top of pre-existing files. Only PDF and ePub files will be supported in the beginning, with additional file support expected in the near future.
This technology does come at a cost. Pre-orders are starting now for $380.00. If you buy it now, you will receive a limited first edition model with a pen, folio case, and shipping all included. After this introductory phase ends, the full cost will be $530.00 for the device itself, $80.00 for the pen, and $80.00 for the folio case. As Impressive as this gadget may be, the price point may prove to be a bit too high for most consumers to justify.
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