Casio shows $2500 Paper Writer Android Tablet that also acts as a scanner

As the yearend nears, we’ve been hearing a lot of buzz from tablets that would soon be released but majority of them have almost the same features. Casio, however, wants to be unique in its own way and target the corporate market even if it means releasing a bizarre device that possibly, no one has ever seen before.

Casio’s foray into the tablet market is the Paper Writer; an Android-operated tablet that also functions as a scanner. Unexpectedly, the company is going to market it at a premium price starting at $2,500. One of the reasons why it is very expensive is because Casio is going to target the corporate market hoping the device would be warmly accepted.

The Casio Paper Writer will be using a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. There is no information as to the chipset that would be used in it but most likely it would be a Snapdragon S4 SOC (system-on-chip) from Qualcomm. There could also be 1GB RAM to complement the CPU and at least, 16GB internal memory with a slot for an external storage device. It has a battery that offers 7,000mAh, which could last up to 12 hours of straight usage, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for its operating system.

The Paper Writer has a custom camera that faces downward; it serves as the scanner. What makes it special is that Casio has given it a program that can recognize characters even if they were hand-written. It can also recognize asterisks and dollar signs as tags for where to save digitized documents. Documents would be strapped into the inside of the device’s case for scanning. The clarity of the output will entirely depend on the contrast of the paper and the ink as well as to brightness of the environment.

Does this functionality sound familiar? Yes, it is because when you think of it, it’s like taking a picture using an ordinary tablet. The character recognition technology and the vividness of the camera being used as a scanner are what made the Paper Writer “not so ordinary.”

The company has yet to officially announce the device on still undisclosed date. But it assures its customers that it will support Casio Paper Writer for years so people who will eventually order one of these won’t have to upgrade the device so soon. It may offer unique functionality but Casio is going after the market that Apple and Microsoft consider their battleground.

[source: The Verge]