Sony will be launching a 13.3-inch “Digital Paper” device that will be initially aimed at University students in Japan. The reason for the large size is that it will be the same size as a A4 sheet of paper. The device will allows for PDF creation, reading and annotating. Unlike other readers out there this one is meant to be a replacement for paper and will not have many features that other e-readers and tablets do.
Sony says this device is to ease paper clutter and make document sharing more easy and convenient. Students can take notes and have all of their daily class handouts saved on the drive. Where were devices like this when I was in school?!
Technical specifications for the devices are as follows:
- 13.3-inch touch capable screen e-ink display with 1,200 x 1,600 pixels and 16 shades of grey
- Electromagnetic stylus sensing tech complements the touchscreen
- File support: Complies with specification PDF (. Pdf), the PDF 1.7
- Storage: 4GB internal memory plus microSD card slot
- Wi-Fi connectivity – IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz) compliant
- Battery: Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery with up to 3 weeks usage (Wi-Fi off)
- Dimensions are 233mm x 310mm x 7mm (numbers rounded up, actually just 6.8mm thick)
- Weight is 358g
This devices is currently in prototype testing in several universities in Japan. Expect to see a full retail version of this product in 2014.