Itochu launches Alteric Note e-note device for business users in Japan



E Ink and ITOCHU Corporation of Japan announced their collaboration last December to develop an electronic note device. The collaboration has now resulted in the Alteric Note device which Itochu Corporations says is intended for use by the business community in Japan. The e-note device will be sold in Japan by Conexio which happens to be one of the Itochu group companies.

The e-note device comes with a 13.3 inch E Ink screen which is about the same size as an A4 size paper. The screen has a resolution of 206 dpi. It comes with 32 GB of storage of which only 20 GB will be available to the user. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC, while there is also a USB 2.0 and Type-C port onboard the device. The pen offers 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. On-board sensors include automatic tilt detection, EMR sensor and a capacitive sensor.

With the Alteric Note device, the goal is to achieve a carbon neutral state as the e-note is projected as a substitute for paper for general office work. It has also been one of Itochu’s corporate strategies to conduct business within the mandates of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). E Ink’s e-paper technology perfectly meets these requirements given the extremely low power requirements of E Ink displays while providing a feel that closely mimics that of paper. For the record, the Alteric Note comes with a 2,000mAh battery that should last around a week of use comfortably.

Additionally, at 368 grams, the e-note device is also extremely lightweight, making it easy to carry in and out of the office. The reflective nature guarantees users the least eye strain even after prolonged use. As it stands, E Ink has already received “Paper Type Certification” from TÜV Rheinland, which highlights its eye-friendly qualities. Whether it’s writing notes, sketching or whatever, electronic notes with their accompanying stylus are the perfect replacement for paper.

“We are excited about this first eNote device launched with ITOCHU,” said Naoki Sumita, President of E Ink Japan. “Japanese companies are looking to increase efficiency and reduce waste, and this product can help them do both. We look forward to new products with ITOCHU in the years to come.

“We are delighted to announce ALTERIC NOTE as the first collaboration product with E Ink,” said Hiroshi Kajiwara, COO, ICT Division, ITOCHU, “ITOCHU and Conexio will each distribute the device through their respective networks to meet the needs of customers in terms of digital transformation via ALTERIC NOTE.


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