Boogie Board RIP brings much-requested image saving and exporting capabilities to eWriters
By Darren Quick
September 1, 2011
It's only been a couple of months since Improv Electronics updated its range of Boogie Board eWriters but, like the original Boogie Board, these were criticized for not having the capability to save your digital doodles. Well, the company has finally addressed those concerns with the unveiling of the Boogie Board RIP tablet at IFA 2011. Standing for "Record Image Preserve," the RIP uses the same Reflex No Power LCD display technology found on previous models but adds the ability to save notes and drawings in PDF format to the device's internal memory for later uploading to a PC via USB.
The RIP features a 9.5-inch writing surface, placing it smack bang in between the original 8.5-inch Boogie Board and the 10.5-inch unit that was released in June alongside a new 8.5-inch model designed for ring binders. Like the previous models, the RIP's pressure sensitive Reflex LCD display requires no power to generate or retain images. The only time the device draws power from its rechargeable battery is when erasing, saving or uploading images, giving users around a week of use between charges. Other features include an integrated stylus holder and an erase lock button to guard against losing that million-dollar idea.
"Since the introduction of the original Boogie Board 8.5 LCD Writing Tablet in 2010, we have been inundated with requests to make a version with the ability to save what is written or drawn on the tablet's writing surface," said Improv Electronics CEO Dr. Albert Green. "Because of the high demand, other entities announced plans of their own to launch a similar product. These plans failed to materialize, and we are very excited that we are the first to bring a product of this type to market."
Improv Electronics will begin shipping the Boogie Board RIP on November 1, 2011, at a price yet to be announced.