Making notes on a tablet screen for digital archiving is not new – but many users miss the tactile feeling of writing on paper.
US-headquartered Royole Corporation has spotted that obvious gap in the market, launching a device called the Royole Smart Writing Pad, at the recent CES technology show in Las Vegas.
The pad works differently to other devices: users write on paper, with the tablet underneath, using a normal pen. And rather than a hard glass surface, the Royole Smart Writing Pad’s screen is pressure sensitive leaving the user feeling like they are writing on a paper pad.
Users can immediately have a digital record sent directly to their smart device, computer, and into the cloud, or transfer the file at a later time.
“In today’s world, written communication is overwhelmingly electronic,” commented Dr Bill Liu, Royole’s founder and CEO. “Merging advanced Royole technology with traditional forms of written communications, our Smart Writing Pad allows users to quickly and accurately create, capture, store, and share all manner of conventionally written material for digital application.”
With the Smart Writing Pad placed under a sheet of paper, any writing, drawing, or even scribbling can be reproduced directly onto any smart device or computer, where it then can be digitally saved. Everything can be done in real time; however, the device also works without any smartphone or tablet needed, the creative saved to the pad itself form where it can be synched or edited later.
Applications touted for Royole Smart Writing Pad include:
- Company employees that want to save and share notes, presentations, etc. with co-workers or supervisors.
- Students can easily capture class notes or homework; save and share drawings, calculations, and formulas.
- Architects and designers can quickly sketch out ideas and send directly to clients for real-time feedback.
- Commercial and graphic designers can send renderings to clients or supervisors for critiquing and/or approval.
- Engineers can sketch visions, then instantly share with clients or fellow team members.
- Scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical endeavors that entail writing formulae, diagrams, integrals, chemical compounds, etc which are often difficult to enter into a digital device using a keyboard, are more easily done with the human hand.
Pricing and the public release date for the Royole Smart Writing Pad have yet to be announced.