Noteslate – New Form of Notetaking for Writers

February 7, 2011

http://www.noteslate.com/

Last week, I was happy to read an article indicating Apple has patented a "smarter capacitive stylus".  In fact, just the words "stylus" and "Apple", mentioned in the same sentence brings me a sense of euphoria.  I love everything about the iPad – with the exception it does not offer an OEM stylus as an alternative input device.  Noteslate picks up the pen input "ball" so to speak, but drops everything else…on purpose.  The company understands, (just like e-Readers that have remained true to the E Ink platform) that while iPads and tablets alike are trying to be everything to everybody, there is a niche to be served for folks who appreciate the simplicity that comes with a gadget that does one thing really well.  

Writers constantly have ideas, and quite often their braindroppings are captured on Sticky-notes, 3 x 5 cards and yellow pads.  Unfortunately, those archaic formats do not allow for easy sharing, editing, archiving or searching.  With Noteslate, for $99 you get a low-cost tablet with the sole purpose of capturing notes in digital format on a 13" E Ink matte surface.  There are three main buttons allowing you to – save current screen, view previous screen or delete current screen.  Noteslate's basic input includes, mini USB, SD Card, and headphones.  Software is included, making it easy to transfer your stored notes to your computer. You get about 180 hours of usage before refilling the gas tank and it only weights 280g.  The product is sold in several colors with matching ink – red, green, blue, black, white or multicolored.  

You can get all of the above in a tablet PC.  That's true. But think of Noteslate as a modern-day version of that old crinkled, spiral notepad collecting crumbs at the bottom of your bag.  Will the purchase of it be the difference in you writing a blockbuster screenplay or a best selling novel?  Probably not, but for those of you who find solace in the simpler things in life, you might want to look into Noteslate.  Sign up to be notified the moment it hits the market in June, 2011. 

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