E INK Meenote is a 10.3 inch digital note taking device


E INK has just unveiled the Meenote, which stands for “mobile expandable epaper notebook”. It has a 10.3 inch screen, which easily reads A5 documents. It has a resolution of 1872×1404 and has EMR technology, so it supports a stylus. This is used for taking notes, freehand drawing or making annotations. This is not a proof of concept, but a complete, finished product. It is available for manufacturing and production by OEMs. Whichever company wants to bring this to market, they won’t have to do any RND at all, and since there’s no software, it’ll be cheap and easy.

The Meenote is quite different from most other 10.3-inch E INK devices on the market. It doesn’t have a system-on-chip or many internal components, such as RAM, storage, or a battery. It was designed to be connected via USB to an Android or Windows device. It can connect to smartphones, tablets, laptops or computers. It is equipped with EINKS TCON 1000, which drives the display and processes the signals. The hardware architecture is simple and cost-conscious.

You can think of this device as being able to mirror what’s on the computer screen and interact with the stylus. If you load Adobe Acrobat, you can draw on the PDF file on the Meenote and it is automatically filled in on the computer. This is useful for signing contracts or filling out forms. You can also use popular note-taking apps like OneNote or Evernote. You can read and write to anything from Microsoft Office or Google Docs.

I think it’s a very interesting product. E INK revealed that it should cost under $300, which for a 10.3 is very compelling. Who is going to put this on the market? I doubt it’s a notable brand like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, or Onyx Boox. Instead, it’s aimed at businesses, government agencies, and schools that want to reduce their paper usage. From a computing point of view, it will be easy to manage, since it has no internal components or software. He can simply connect to an established device on the network that has already been verified and is considered secure. This means the Meenote will never need to be charged, unlike tablets.


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