No-power Boogie Board LCD tablet wants to replace paper

Kent Displays has been working on its no-power reflex LCD for a while now, but now the company has sprouted a new arm — Improv Electronics — and that arm is clutching the new Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet.

It's not a tablet computer meant to take on Apple's upcoming offering or HP's Slate. Instead, it's a clip you can write on and erase on its pressure-sensitive display, and it only uses power — from a watch battery — when it needs to erase. It's good for 50,000 erase cycles, the company says.

The Boogie Board already sold out at Amazon, but when they returned Imrpov will be selling each Boogie Board for $30 — or "15 times less" than a sheet in a steno notepad all things considered, the company says.

Read the full press release after the jump, if you're into that.

Via TFTS

From Kent:

KENT, Ohio,, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Kent Displays announced today the forming of Improv Electronics, a new business unit focused on development and sales of consumer electronic products. The products will utilize Kent Displays revolutionary Reflex™ no power LCD technology.

The first product sold under the Improv Electronics name, the Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet, is now available. This product is the first paperless writing tablet to utilize a pressure-sensitive Reflex LCD for the writing surface. While most other LCDs are made on glass, the Reflex LCDs used in Boogie Board tablets are made of impact-resistant, flexible plastic. They are mass produced exclusively in the U.S. on the world's first roll-to-roll line for fabrication of flexible LCDs.

Because all Reflex LCDs are reflective and bi-stable, the Boogie Board tablet requires no power to generate or retain an image, and only a small amount to erase (supplied by a small watch battery, which will execute over 50,000 erase cycles). At a retail price of $29.97 USD, the Boogie Board tablet's cost per erase is 15 times less than the per sheet cost of paper in a comparable steno notepad.

Written and graphic images are created with an included stylus or any other instrument that will apply the desired pressure (even a finger nail). Unlike traditional LCDs that have a poor response to pressure, the Boogie Board's Reflex LCD is highly responsive to variable amounts of pressure. This allows different line thicknesses to be easily created (great for sketching) and provides a writing experience very similar to paper and pencil.

Part of Kent Displays' Push Green™ initiative, the Boogie Board tablet provides a highly-effective vehicle to reduce everyday paper consumption. While most reduction strategies have focused on computer-related activities, an equally significant amount of paper is used for everyday writing tasks such as writing memos, jotting down ideas, making reminders/lists, practicing handwriting/arithmetic (young children), playing games, drawing pictures, and diagramming plays (coaches). The paperless Boogie Board tablet can be used for all these activities, replacing memo/note pads and sticky notes in the home, office, school, car and field. It also replaces chalk, magnetic and dry erase boards. Like all the above writing and drawing mediums, the Boogie Board tablet consumes no electrical energy to produce an image.

OEM versions of the Boogie Board tablet for integration into third party devices (e.g., computer keyboard) will also be sold.

About Kent Displays

Founded in 1993, Kent Displays, Inc. is a world leader in the research, development and manufacture of Reflex No Power LCDs for unique, sustainable applications including electronic skins, writing tablets, smartcards and eReaders.

For more information about Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablets, go to www.myboogieboard.com

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For more information about Kent Displays or Improv Electronics, go to www.kentdisplays.com or contact us at info@kentdisplays.com.

Boogie Board, Reflex and Push Green are trademarks of Kent Displays, Inc.

SOURCE Kent Displays, Inc.