The Noteslate Shiro is a digital writing slate with a 6.8″ E-ink screen and a stylus. It was announced in April with a promised delivery date of some time this fall, but the launch date was pushed back until next spring.
Yesterday Noteslate sent out its first newsletter to its followers, apologizing for the delay and promising that the Shiro would ship next spring to all who pre-ordered it (the cost is $199).
While I had reported all this last week, the newsletter also contained a couple new details that confirmed some rumors that had been going around.
In addition to the Shiro, Noteslate is also working on models with 9.7″ and 13.3″ screens. The largest model will be known as the Hero, while the middle model will be called the Lite, and they will all be designed to work with a stylus as a writing slate:
Noteslate hasn’t revealed many details about the Hero, but they have said that they expect to have it ready some time in 2016. The price, specs, and actual ship date are still to be determined.
They say that the stylus will be pressure sensitive and that they’re working to reduce the screen latency issue, but I don’t think we can see evidence of either claim in the demo video below:
The company is also planning apps for Android and iOS.
All in all, Noteslate offers some very tempting hardware, but they’ve shown that they can’t be trusted to actually ship it. And for the software, I have to agree with the opinion expressed over at MobileRead, that Noteslate’s
… promotional video makes the product look terrible. Looks like chicken scratch with a terrible dose of latency. I kept expecting to see this scribbling turned into nice formatted text. But no. Just the ability to write your own chicken scratch on an E-ink screen.
If the device does ship, I will be looking for someone to accept a loaned review unit and post a review. (I’m not a stylus on screen person, so I will pass.)
If you get some time with the Noteslate, do let us know. We’re all curious about what it can really do.
Will this be better or cheaper than the Sony Digital Paper DPT-S1, do you think?