We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

ImprovElectronics Boogie Board takes notes

Use any pen to jot down notes, then import them to your tablet or PC

You don’t need a touchscreen device in order to be able to make handwritten notes that are automatically stored on your laptop or tablet. The ImprovElectronics Boogie Board lets you use a standard pencil, your fingers or a dedicated digital pen, depending oin your preference and what you'd like to draw. The USB-connected blackboard slate then saves whatever you’ve scrawled as an image file that can later be called up on your device.

No text-recognition software is involved; instead your written notes remain as a static image file and are dependent on you having jotted down something that is intelligibile to read.  The Boogie Board is thus intended as a simple aid memoire. Items you save become editiable vector images that can be imported and manipulated in Adobe Illustrator, for example. The device is pressure-sensitive, making it suitable for illustration work.The latest model in the Boogie-Board range of digital slates, the 325g Boogie Board Rip, has a 9.6in writable area and can save and store files of up to 8MB each. To save a file, you simply click on the green Save button above the writing area. Up to 200 images can be saved. There's also an instant erase feature. 

Since it doesn't attempt to recognise what you've written, there's no need for an easily lost digital pen. Instead, any drawing implement you have to hand can be used. 

Prices start at £35 for an 8.5in Boogie Board, while the 10.5in model costs £49 and the latest Boogie Board Rip costs £99. They can be bought direct from maker http://gbp.improvelectronics.com/.

IDG UK Sites

Best camera phone of 2015: iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 vs One M9 vs Nexus 6

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model