Somewhere out there is a tree that just carved the word "Sony" into itself with a heart around it. Why? Sony's trying to change the professional working person's game by replacing paper made from tree pulp with Digital Paper
. According to Sony
, organizations that make the switch to Digital Paper can reduce or altogether eliminate the "time-consuming and costly process" of paper-bound tasks, like printing, copying, sharing, transporting, and discarding corporate documentation, teaching materials, pesky TPS reports, and so forth.
"This is a true replacement for the vast amounts of paper that continue to clutter many offices and institutions," said Bob Nell, director, Digital Paper Solutions of Sony Electronics. "It is very easy to use and optimized for reading and annotating contracts, white papers, scholarly articles and legislation. The 'notepad' feature will have universal appeal, and notes can be shared with clients, colleagues, and co-workers. Digital Paper offers a simple, intuitive experience and gives professionals portability and flexibility coupled with the ability to wirelessly access document management solutions and other content repositories."
In its current form, Sony's Digital Paper is essentially a 13.3-inch tablet-like display. It shows full-screen views of letter-sized documents in the PDF format and retains the context of an entire page by displaying sharp, easy-to-read text and graphics. Sony says the documents on Digital Paper look nearly identical to printed documents or full-size notepads.
Digital Paper sports a touch panel, which allows users to operate the menu or turn pages by touching the screen. There's also an included stylus to jot down notes and to highlight and erase text.
The device itself is supposedly the world's thinnest and lightest in its class, measuring 9/32-inches and weighing 12.6 ounces. It has a high contrast display (1200x1600 dots) with 16-level grayscale incorporating E Ink Mobius technology, built-in Wi-Fi, rechargeable thin battery that's good for up to 3 weeks on a single charge, 4GB of internal storage (enough to store around 2,800 PDF files), microSD card slot, IR support, and no backlight so that it's easy to read in bright sunlight.
Going green comes at a cost, however, and in this case, that cost is $1,100 MSRP.