If you're the type of person who enjoys the versatility of a tablet, but prefers an actual notepad for doodling or note taking, the Casio Paper Writer tablet brings the best of both worlds. While most of the world has become accustomed to touchscreen technology there are plenty of people who prefer a more tactile experience, demonstrated by the popularity of smartphones with both a qwerty keyboard and a touchscreen.
Coming in four different models (V-N500-WJ, V-N500-J, V-T500-WJ, and V-T500-J), the main premise of the tablet involves a folding case that holds the tablet on one end and a notepad on the other. With pen input on the tablet's display and paper notepads for actual pen input, the Casio Writer tablets are the ultimate note taking devices.The tablet features a front-facing camera that captures images of the pages on the notepad, or any other pieces of paper, saving them into a digital format where accompanying software allows you to organize the images and easily search through them. In addition to organizing your notes, the device will also feature a business card reader that will allow you to consolidate all of your business cards into a neat digital package.
As far as computing goes, the specs aren't as spectacular as some recently released tablets, but are certainly more than enough to get the job done: 10.1" capacitative touch screen, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC/RFID Support, microSD and SD card slots, 16GB of internal memory and USB/HDMI connectivity. According to Casio, the battery life will run along the lines of 10 hours, and also be removable/replaceable if need be.
The tablet will be released in Japan sometime in September, but no word on pricing or availability for other countries just yet.