The Boogie Board's tagline is “Say Goodbye to Paper.” If you don’t know this by now, Boogie Board is an LCD writing tablet that jumped into binders and briefcases over the summer. You can write on the tablet, chalkboard style, with the included stylus and erase it when it’s been filled up. The reviews for the board at the time mentioned how useful it was for meeting notes or last minute lyrical epiphanies, but they had one major gripe: You couldn’t save anything you wrote. The Boogie Board Rip, which will ship November 1st, is an update to its effective, yet simple, brother.
The Rip can record anything written or drawn and save it as a PDF file (up to 200 images), which can then be transferred to a computer through USB. It’s slightly larger than the first Boogie Board, and handles more like a clipboard than a tablet. Because of it’s storage capacity and larger size, it does house rechargeable batteries that can last over a week, unlike the original, which just runs on a sealed 3V watch battery. While this is a neat alternative for note-taking (or note-leaving), I wouldn’t consider it a replacement for the mighty pen and paper, but, I could see never needing to buy a pack of Post-it Notes ever again.
Credit: Improv Electronics