[NTLK] [OT] Sharp WG-S20, a Japanese e-ink planner
stevenf at panic.com
Thu Feb 5 15:25:01 EST 2015
Found this interesting little device that may be of slight interest to a subset of Newton owners... I just received one today.
Note: This is a Japanese product with a fully Japanese UI. It cannot be set to English as far as I can tell. That said, the basic functions were pretty easy to figure out.
Basically, it's like a paper planner but with an e-ink display. It has no "smarts" whatsoever -- no timers, no reminders, no handwriting recognition, no calculator, no nothin'. Just preset "templates" like you would get in a paper day planner, that you can write on, freeform, with the pen.
It's about $120 imported on Amazon.
Some other Japanese idiosyncrasies: Calendar weeks start on Monday, and Japanese holidays are highlighted on the calendar.
The screen is a bit dark, like the Newton's and there's no backlight. Cover and pen loop are not removable, but it still fits in a back jeans pocket.
Web page: http://www.sharp.co.jp/enote/ <http://www.sharp.co.jp/enote/> (they make a couple other models that I think have less memory)
Amazon link: http://is.gd/sI2fOZ <http://is.gd/sI2fOZ>
Happy to answer any questions.
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