Sony announced Thursday the launch of its new Digital Paper, a not-quite-a-tablet annotation and document-sharing device that targets paper-heavy environments like legal offices, government agencies and higher education.
Weighing in at 12.6 ounces, Digital Paper's 13.3-inch touchscreen display utilizes E Ink technology, popularized by Kindle readers, and allows for full screen views of letter-sized documents in the PDF format. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel files also can be converted to the PDF format and saved, viewed and annotated on the device.
Users can write directly on the screen with an included stylus, and also highlight and erase text, in a manner the Sony said is familiar for those accustomed to pad-and-paper note taking. Sharing is made possible through the device's built-in Wi-Fi and USB options.
"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," Bob Nell, director, Digital Paper Solutions of Sony Electronics, said in a statement.
Through collaboration with the financial document management company Worldox, which is integrating Digital Paper with its Document Management Solution, Sony is gunning for widespread adoption by attorneys, who have long used yellow legal pad to handle case notes. Sony is showcasing Digital Paper at this week's American Bar Association Tech Show in Chicago.