The guys over at Improv Electronics have announced their latest creation, the Boogie Board Rip (“Record. Image. Preserve.”). The device, which features a 9.5-inch writing surface, allows you to write notes using the provided stylus on the screen’s epaper. According to the press release, you will be able to save your drawing, memo, or story on the Rip as a PDF, and then connect the Rip to your computer to transfer the PDFs off of it. The battery life is said to last at least a week between charges, as power is only used when something is erased off of the screen.
Quite an interesting concept overall. I myself hate taking notes in lectures on a laptop or iPad, but this sort of device is definitely an alternative option for the pen and paper purists like myself. I think the name leaves a lot to be desired though, as Rip (whether in lower or upper case) is not something I would want to name a brand new device. Even the TouchPad did not sport that name.[Engadget]