If you are one of those consumers who still prefer using a pen and paper to take notes but are curious about tablet PCs, as well, then maybe this new offering by Casio would be appealing.
The Japan-based electronics company, known for making watches, calculators, and digital cameras has added four tablet PCs to its roster of products. Called the Paper Writer tablets, the V-N500-WJ, V-N500-J, V-T500-WJ, and the V-T500-J do not force consumers to make a choice a notepad and a tablet. Rather, it puts these choices together literally side-by-side in a single case. One one side, users can find the tablet PC while on the other, they can place a notepad. But here is where things get interesting: when users close the cover, the tablet’s front camera is able to scan what is written on the notepad with the help of preloaded software. The tablet can also be positioned in such as way so as to allow users to scan every page of a bound publication through a feature called Shot Page Turning. Apart from notes, it can also scan business cards, and automatically feed its contents, like the name, address, and contact details of the person, into the tablet’s address book.
To ensure the notes’ good image quality, Casio equipped the front-facing camera with a 5-megapixel sensor, which is better than the front-facing cameras on many tablets available today. Apart from this feature, the tablets also come with a stylus, allowing users to take notes on the touchscreen itself.
Those, however, who would like to use the front-facing camera for capturing still images or video may choose variants of the Paper Writer whose front cameras are better suited for these purposes. All four variants, however, let users take photos and videos using the rear-facing camera.
As for its hardware, the Paper Writer tablets come with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage capacity, and support for NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.
At the moment, the Paper Writer tablets are available in Japan, and there is no word whether they will be released abroad.