Ricoh, the corporate you most likely finest know for its digital cameras, has teamed up with E Ink to launch an enormous new sensible whiteboard product. Referred to as the Ricoh eWhiteboard 4200, this new mannequin packs a 42-inch digital ink show that resembles paper, permitting customers to jot down on the floor the identical approach they might a daily whiteboard — however with some seemingly magical options that make this product way more helpful.
E Ink produces screens that function digital ink know-how; it’s the identical sort of panel you’ll discover in an e-reader just like the Kindle, for instance. This identical display could be present in a lot bigger sizes, as evidenced by Ricoh’s new eWhiteboard 4200. The mannequin’s 42-inch E Ink Carta panel affords a paper-like writing floor that requires little or no power, but can be utilized as a pill display and related to WiFi.
This new whiteboard affords a singular method to collaborate with others even in case you’re not in the identical room. Due to the product’s WiFi assist, two totally different whiteboards could be related collectively, mirroring handwritten enter from one board to the opposite. This could, for instance, be used to sketch out idea concepts in real-time with somebody who’s situated in a special workplace or past.
Regardless of its dimension, the eWhiteboard 4200 may be very slim at a bit over a half-inch thick, plus it solely weighs round 13lbs. Ricoh has packed a chargeable battery into the show to supply energy in conditions the place it might not be available (when in use at a building web site, for instance). The machine likewise affords a water-resistant and dust-proof design for tough environments.
That is the primary whiteboard to supply the sort of two-pen answer, in keeping with Ricoh. The enchantment is straightforward to see given how many individuals proceed to work remotely and what number of corporations plan to embrace hybrid work environments that embody distant work. Sadly, Ricoh says it’s only providing the eWhiteboard 4200 in Japan; it’s unclear when/if it is going to be made obtainable in different markets.