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Boogie Board is the $30 Tablet

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This isn’t really a tablet PC per se, but it aims at replacing paper pads efficiently with a special kind of rewriteable LCD display.

tablet boogie board writing lcd

The Boogie Board Paperless LCD Writing Tablet is made by Improv Electronics and uses something called Reflex LCD, which is a pressure-sensitive, flexible plastic LCD that doesn’t require any power to retain what’s written on it. The only power needed is from a small watch battery to erase what’s been written on the screen.

tablet boogie board writing lcd

Would you believe that the retail MSRP of this tablet is $29.97 (USD)? The reason why this is cool is that a single Boogie Board can handle up to 50,000 reuses. That means it’s about 1/16th the cost of paper – assuming you pay about 1 cent for a sheet. The Boogie Board’s Reflex LCD is highly responsive to variable amounts of pressure, meaning that it’s comparable to the experience of using a pencil on a sheet of paper.

All that’s left is for a version of the Boogie Board that would let you transfer the documents off the screen into a file of some sort. Still, it’s a great first step into the right direction. You can order one now over on Amazon.

[via CrunchGear]



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