Kewl Gadget Alert: NoteSlate is Paper and Pencil 2.0

I like to use my hands. I have a pen mouse, toys in my office, notebooks galore. My office walls are papered with sketches and diagrams. I can barely explain anything to anyone without reaching for a piece of paper. So that's probably why I'm totally loving the idea of NoteSlate. It's a concept (boo!) for a functional tablet, for us content creators who are visual and tactile thinkers.

NoteSlate is basically a large tablet with a monochromatic interface that looks like paper and pencil; like A4 paper that you draw on with the digital pen. Three buttons save, view and delete "papers". Ports for SD card, USB and audio enable synching. The UI has controls for pen settings including brushes, backgrounds, etc. Wifi provides the ability to share your content.

NoteSlate > Today's Tablets

I do love the new tablets (happy co-owner of a Xoom tablet #teamDroid!) but only for videos and games. I know the iPad has an app called Bamboo paper but I read on backlit screens all day long and given the choice, I'd prefer e-ink. It's one of the reasons I love my Kobo so much. I can stare at that thing for hours without getting a headache, eye strain or any of the other ailments that come with staring at a computer or tablet for far too long. If there was a way for me to create content on my Kobo, I'd be all over it. Add a stylus? #heaven!

Um, moron, why not just use a paper and pencil?

Um, it's a gadget. Do I need another reason? (You *do* read this blog, right? ;)

NoteSlate wins because it has the ability to synch. Imagine the possibility of drawing something on a piece of paper and then saving it with Evernote or OCR software! Meeting notes, diagrams, editorial calendars for my blog, task lists, even journaling. Oh, the possibilities!

But can I get one?

The best part? It's supposed to retail for $99. But can I get one? Well... no. Not yet. If you can decipher the broken English in this post on Noteslate's homepage, it looks like there are some delays in bringing it to market. But I'm hopeful it will hit the streets this year. And I'm even more hopeful it's as awesome as I've made it out to be in my geeky little head.

What do you think? Would you use it?

(Source: Internet's Best Secrets)