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The special screen of Remarkable paper tablet/ereader is tailored for handwriting and drawing

2018-11-12

The Remarkable ereader/writing tablet has already been available for a year, but only the recent software upgrade delivered the great promise of the product: it can convert handwriting to text along with a selection of new tools that aid writing and drawing on the screen. The key principal of Remarkable is to be a tool that feels like paper and pen when used for writing and sketching. The company says they spent four years developing display-stylus technology that mimics the tactility and response of paper.
Remarkable paper tablet/ereader
The Remarkable writing tablet/ereader is priced at 599 euros. Essentially, you get a 10-inch ereader with a special display laid over E ink display technology that turns the device into a slate for writing and drawing. The stylus is included.

The display-stylus combination can recognize a wide variety of pressures and angles, producing results like handwriting or drawing on paper would produce.

The Canvas display, as Remarkable calls it, is something that only Remarkable has, making it different from other 10-inch ereader/writing tablets that have been introduced during 2017 and 2018.

One of the new features is the conversion of handwriting into text that can be edited and inserted into other documents. Here is a video clip that shows how the handwriting conversion works on the Remarkable:

The fall 2018 software update to the Remarkable writing tablet has so many new features that it makes me wonder how all those customers who bought the product before the update used their device? Probably many of them had a specific task in mind how they wanted to use the product, like researchers who have to read a lot of documents or knowledge workers who have to study both technical and business documents. In fact, Sony had identified the latter requirement a couple of years ago, and developed the ereader/writing tablet DPT-CP1 for this market.
Remarkable writing tablet/e-reader
Apple and Microsoft have also discovered this market, but have developed tablets to meet the needs of people who want to write with a pen. The iPad Pro and Surface Pro are powerful, high end tablets that allow handwriting, note taking, and drawing with a stylus.

Other e-reader vendors have also turned their attention to 8 and 10 inch devices. Many of these products come with stylus that let you write and draw on the screen. Some of the manufacturers are Onyx and Boyue.

Remarkable writing tablet/ereader key features and specifications

Remarkable pen / stylus

10.3-inch monochrome display in 1872×1404 resolution (226 DPI). Multi-point capacitive touch.
Partially powered by E-ink Carta technology.
The screen has paper-like surface friction. No glass parts, making it robust.
The included stylus features a high-friction pen tip. Tilt detection and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Dimensions 177 x 256 x 6.7mm (6.9 x 10.1 x .26 inches).
Weight approximately 350 gram (.77 pounds).
Wi-Fi.
Micro USB.
8 GB internal storage, about 100,000 pages.
512 MB RAM.
1 GHz ARM A9 CPU processor.
Operating system is a customized Linux software called Codex.
Can open PDF and ePUB documents and ebooks.
Menu language: English.
3000 mAh battery.
Remarkable has its own cloud service where product owners can automatically sync the works they draft on the slate.

A video by Remarkable shows the paper tablet’s many features for note taking and sketching:

Onyx Boox Nova ereader comes with sharp 7.8 screen and Android software

2018-10-17

Even though ebook reader device manufacturers are not abandoning small 6-inch products, the innovation has moved to larger devices. 7.8, 8 and 10 inches are the ereader product sizes that manufacturers are bringing to that markets. Onyx Boox Nova (and its handwriting-capable cousin Boox Nova Plus) comes with sharp 7.8 E ink screen and Android software.
Onyx Boox Nova with PDF document on screen
A key feature in the Onyx Boox Nova is that it is running on Android operating system. Among other things, it means that it is possible to download and run Android apps on the e-reader. All Android application won’t run properly on an ereader because hardware is slightly different to tablets or smartphones.

Onyx has recognized this, and has decided to supply a dedicated App Store for E Ink devices with the Boox Nova. This is quite remarkable. Let’s hope the selection of applications is sufficient so that ebook readers can find their favorite apps in the store.

The frontlight in the Boox Nova can be switched on and off (to save battery), and the warmth of the light can be adjusted as well. There is no memory card slot, but the product comes with ample 32GB of storage space.
Onyx Boox Nova ereader user interface
The ereader can transmit audio to loudspeakers via Bluetooth. If you have portable Bluetooth speakers, you can listen to audiobooks saved in the Boox Nova through the speakers.

The Boox Nova and the Boox Nova Plus are two different products. There are only two features that make them different, everything else in these products is the same. The Boox Nova has a frontlight, but you can’t draw or write directly on the screen. The Boox Nova Plus doesn’t come with front light, but it comes with stylus that lets you write on the screen.

Onyx products can be ordered from Amazon stores. Check your local Amazon for the price and availability.

Notebook Italia recorded a video clip (below) where an Onyx marketing representative introduces the Boox Nova.

Key features and specifications of the Onyx Boox Nova

Onyx Boox Nova with Android 6 operating system

7.8-inch HD Eink Carta screen. Capacitive touch.
Screen resolution 1872 x 1404 pixels, 300 dots per inch (dpi), 16 gray scale.
Cortex-A17 1.6GHz Quad-core.
2GB RAM.
32GB of storage.
Front light with warm and cold shade control.
Wi-Fi.
Bluetooth 4.1.
USB-C port.
Android 6.0 operating system.
Ebooks and documents: EPUB, PDF, TXT, DJVU, HTML, RTF, FB2, DOC, MOBI. It can open DRM-protected ebooks.
Audio files that can be listened:WAV, MP3.
Buttons: back, power.
2800mAh Li-Polymer battery.
Dimensions 196 × 137 × 7.7 mm.
Weight 240 gr.

If you read PDF ebooks, you may want to try out this Onyx ereader

2016-05-16

Practically all new ebooks are being published in EPUB and Kindle formats so that they are easily accessible on all tablets, ereaders, smartphones and computers (independent of their screen size). A number of books published years ago in print may only be available in PDF format, and the PDF file format was never designed with small screens in mind (it is simply a replica of a printed page). That’s why reading an PDF ebook or document can be frustrating on a small-screen ereader. So, a larger screen is required for PDF, and that’s what Onyx ereader is delivering.
onyx boox max ereader, landscape
The Onyx Boox Max comes with a 13.3-inch E ink screen which makes it a good choice for anyone who is reading textbooks and other non-fiction books in PDF format.

The Boox Max has a feature that is rarely included in ereaders: you can write on the screen. A stylus is attached to the side panel, and using that stylus it is possible to write on the screen.

There definitely is a large group of people who need a 13.3-inch ereader, but it is not for everyone. The device doesn’t fit into a small bag or purse, but you have to have something where you can carry it. For instance, would I take this ereader on a trip to Budapest? Probably not, I would take a 10 inch tablet and a smartphone. The current price for the Onyx Boox Max is $650, which means it has to compete against 12-inch tablets in price.

Having said that, an ereader with large screen would be nice to have in the office and at home.

Here is a video recorded by Armdevices.net where the Onyx Boox Max is demonstrated. It is a five minute video, but the 13.3 ereader is shown right in the beginning and after four minutes.

Onyx Boox Max key features and technical specifications

onyx boox max ereader
13.3 inch screen with 16 shades of grey, 1600×1200 resolution.
Flexible screen with handwriting input.
Full-screen touch with stylus, support handwriting and annotation.
Android 4.0, possibility to download additional applications.
CPU: Cortex-A9 1G Hz.
RAM: 1G LPDDR2
Storage space 16GB.
Memory card: Micro SD (up to 32Gb)
3.5mm connector for headphones.
Microphone.
Micro USB 2.0
WIFI 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 4.0
Ebook formats: PDF, TXT, HTML, EPUB, CHM, PDB, MOBIPOCKET (Non-DRM), FB2, DJVU
Displays JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP images.
Plays MP3, WAV audio files.
Dimensions 325 x 237 x 7.5mm.
Weigth around 550g.
Operating Temperature 0°C- 50°C.
Battery 4100mAh LI-ION Polymer.
Standby battery around 4 weeks.
Charging takes about 3 hours.

A digitally connected pen for writers who like to write by hand

2016-01-11

There are writers who still like to type on a mechanical typewriter or write by hand. We also like to sketch new ideas with a pen, but pretty soon those words and drawings must be retyped and redrawn on a computer. The idea of a pen that is connected to a computer is nothing new, but so far only few products have worked well. Stabilo, a German company renowned for its pens, has introduced the Digipen that tries to provides writers what they need.
stabilo digipen
The Stabilo Digipen is used like an ordinary pen. You can write and draw on paper (you can see what you do and you get a paper document) or any other surface. The pen tracks the movement of its tip, the pressure you apply on it and the angle you hold it. The data is transmitted to a smartphone, tablet, or PC that is connected to the pen via wireless Bluetooth. If the transmitted data contains words, they are converted into text that can be further processed as any text on a digital device.

There is a battery in the pen that must be kept charged. If the Bluetooth connection doesn’t work, the pen can be connected to another device via USB cable.

In principle, if words suddenly start flowing from your head and you quickly want to write them down, but you happen to be queuing for customer service at a bank, you can pull out your Digipen, use any solid surface as your writing pad and write. The words are automatically stored on your smartphone (if you have connected it with the Digipen).

A video by Liliputing shows how the pen works (the pen was connected to a tablet via USB cable because wireless connections on a busy show floor didn’t work):

The Stabilo Digipen was announced at the CES Show in early January 2016, but the company didn’t tell the product price or availability.