This new tablet brings the effortless feeling of writing on paper to the digital world
It's the latter group that inspired Wanberg and his team to create the reMarkable tablet, a device that looks, feels, and acts like paper."We just had this idea that we fell in love with: A device that could take the paper experience but add digital power on top, because paper is so limited," Wanberg, the founder and CEO of reMarkable, told Business Insider. Advertisement
So Wanberg started asking around, trying to see if anyone else felt the same way he did.
"We found a resounding 'yes.' This was an unsolved problem," he said.Wanberg and his team in Oslo, Norway, set out to build the tablet, eliciting the help of Japanese company E Ink, the leading creators of electronic ink for ebooks.
Four years later, reMarkable is debuting its tablet for paper people, a device designed to do three things: Read, write, and sketch. The device costs $529, with the accompanying pen retailing for $79.Take a look.
The tablet currently costs $529, but Wanberg hopes to bring that price down over time.
reMarkable hosted a six-month-long preorder campaign earlier this year where they sold over $11 million worth of tablets, or about 30,000 devices.Advertisement
Eventually, reMarkable will be able to recognize your handwriting and sort your documents based on whether they're drawings or notes. That feature already works on earlier prototypes and will be available later on as a software update.
reMarkable hasn't said how long exactly the battery will last, but Wanberg aims to have it last about five days, so you can use it during the week and charge it during the weekend.Advertisement
There's also an accompanying iPhone and desktop app so you can back up your notes, drawings, and documents on reMarkable's cloud.
The tablet can connect to WiFi, so you can share documents by email. Importantly, the tablet doesn't have an email app (or any other app, for that matter).Advertisement
reMarkable also allows you to read documents and textbooks, annotate them, and highlight them. While it can be used for reading for pleasure, the device is geared toward students, academics, and professionals.
There are also various types of paper, like ruled paper or graph paper, for taking notes, making graphs, or creating architectural drawings.Advertisement
reMarkable offers a variety of brushes — like a felt tip pen or a pencil — that you can change on the screen. There are also tools like an eraser, a clone tool, and the ability to create layers, all with the intention that the tablet should be able to replace a sketch pad.
What resulted from their efforts is a thin, lightweight tablet and accompanying pen that writes and draws instantly. I had the chance to try reMarkable's 7th generation prototype, and was immediately impressed by how quick it was and how effortlessly the pen glided across the screen. It felt a lot like, well, paper.Advertisement
In the past, tablets like the reMarkable have struggled with one problem: lag. While others have tried to create a tablet for drawing and writing, the display has typically been too slow — your drawing will end up chasing your pen rather than appearing as soon as your pen touches the screen. But reMarkable figured out a way to solve that problem.
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