Boogie Board Sync Clears the FCC – Expected to Ship in Time for Christmas
Improv Electronics' latest digital writing slate showed up on the FCC website this week.
The Boogie Board Sync has a 9.7″ cLCD screen (cholesteric LCD). It is one of Improve Electronics' larger writing slates, and it is the first to feature both internal storage and Bluetooth, which will enable writers to sync their notes with a smartphone or tablet. This makes the Sync a 3-trick pony, which is a major improvement on the first Boogie Board.
The Boogie Board was originally conceived in late 2009 as being little more than a replacement for a piece of scratch writing paper. Users could scrible a wrote or draw a picture, but they only had a single color and there was no way to save the contents of the screen, only erase it.
Naturally this made the Boogie Board not much more useful than a really cheap sheet of paper (only with a $100 price tag), and that led Improve Electronics to release improved models including the Boogie Board RIP (in early 2012), and now the Boogie Board Sync.
The Sync still has the single color found on its predecessors, but now users can save the screen content on its internal storage or send the screen image to a paired Bluetooth device, where it can be emailed, added to Evernote, or what have you.
In addition to pairing with an Android device or the iPhone/iPad, the Sync can also be plugged into a computer and used as a Wacom style writing slate, with the anything written on the Sync showing up on the screen of the PC (companion app required).
Battery life is expected to be about a week. That is far less than the battery life in the original Boogie Board, which ran for months on a single button cell battery, but the Sync is more capable.
This writing slate is up for pre-order on Amazon with a list price of $99.
Void November 26, 2013 um 4:20 pm
But can you selectively erase this time? Until there is a way to make corrections that doesn’t involve erasing everything and starting over, it is useless for a large number of applications where it would be perfect if it had this ability, such as for students taking notes.
Nate Hoffelder November 26, 2013 um 7:34 pm
No, not yet.
I don’t think this would be too hard to program; all it would take would be a hardware button and some fairly straghtforward code. In fact, this idea has already been accomplished in any number of paint programs, so it should be easy to apply the logic to the Boogie Board.
[email protected] November 26, 2013 um 4:53 pm
It would be nice if these came with software free to modify. And, of course, if they were available outside the US.
Sweetpea November 27, 2013 um 7:20 am
@[email protected]: they are most certainly available outside the US. I’ve had a boogie board since the first version and we recently replaced it with a new one. And I don’t live in the US.
Annette Correia December 15, 2013 um 3:45 pm
When will this be available to buy?