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Could This New Tool Eliminate Paper in the Classroom?

Educators and students overwhelmed with paper now have a new way to read, annotate and share documents electronically using Sony’s Digital Paper. Designed to increase productivity and streamline collaboration in paper-intensive environments, Digital Paper could become a useful classroom tool.

“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.”

Sony’s Digital Paper has a 13.3 inch display that shows full-screen views of letter-sized documents in PDF format, eliminating the need to zoom or scroll when reading a page. The Digital Paper device retains the context of an entire page by displaying sharp, easy-to-read text and graphics that are nearly identical to printed documents or full-size notepads. 

 The device’s touch panel enables users to operate the menu or turn pages by simply touching the screen. Using the included stylus, professionals can write fluidly and directly on the panel, and also easily highlight and erase text, for a familiar and comfortable writing experience. 

Digital Paper will help organizations reduce or eliminate the time-consuming and costly process of printing, copying, sharing, transporting and discarding corporate documentation, teaching materials and reports.

According to published research from InfoTrends, as recently as 2011, local, state and federal offices used a yearly volume of 122 billion sheets of paper, an amount equal to roughly 400 sheets for every person in the United States.

With Digital Paper, documentation for meetings, classes or lectures created on a computer can be uploaded to a server, and then distributed over a wireless network to the Digital Paper devices of colleagues or students in multiple locations, saving time and making meetings and classwork more efficient. Users can access their server and easily search for documentation, and upload hand-written memos to individual folders on the server.

 

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