Ricoh has developed a new enterprise-focused tablet that fills its own unique niche, and thusly creates a new term and class of eProduct. The Ricoh eQuill will be available this summer, and it will mark the debut of the “eWriter” business solution.
The eQuill will function essentially as a digital clipboard, with Ricoh hoping to market the tablet to businesses that require a lot of customer or patient forms such as healthcare or insurance, among others.
The eQuill will feature full stylus support, and also offer an onscreen keyboard, onboard camera, and voice recorder for other possible information input methods. It can be connected through Wi-Fi or 3G, and Ricoh promises 20 hours of battery life with continuous use.
PDFs will be supported by the eQuill eWriter, along with various enterprise document and file types. When users submit their forms they will automatically be transferred to a backend system.
The eQuill uses eInk technology and features a 9.7-inch black and white screen. Data and forms will be fully encrypted to provide extra security to documents submitted on the eQuill.
Price and Availability
Ricoh is currently taking orders for the eQuill eWriter, and will begin shipping devices later in the summer. Pricing varies, however certain configurations are available for less than $500.