We came across this post from earlier this year. It covers the topic of e-readers, and eventually, the Rico eQuill gets a mention. Naturally, as partners with Ricoh who have already configured the digital form tablet do it’s magic at the Times Union Job Fair, we were interested to read the author’s comments.
We’ve provided the relevant excerpt below.
There is, however, a company that seems to be a few steps ahead of Amazon. The eQuill from Ricoh has a 9.7in screen with an e-ink display and is aimed at business users. It has a touchscreen and enables consumers to mark up documents, fill out forms, capture signatures and even annotate pictures taken with its integral camera. Users can then send these documents via Wi-Fi or 3G to an appropriate email address. It can be leased from the company for around $80 per month, which is comparable with a monthly business mobile phone rental or ink and paper costs for one employee.
Traditionally a photocopier company, Ricoh threw its hat into the e-reader ring after deciding it was unwise to be a business that relied on paper in an increasingly digital world.
Outlining the company’s aims for the product, CTO Kurt Piersol says: “The eQuill is aimed at anyone who uses a clipboard or moves around during their working day. For example, in a hospital doctors can use the eQuill to amend patient records while on their rounds, or on a building site inspectors can fill out paperwork on site and send it off instantly. It is also useful for editing documents. In fact, our CEO used it to mark up our annual report.”
The possibilities are truly astonishing. Schools, factories, freight companies, hospitals and doctor offices—there are so many business processes that could be streamlined and improved through a replacement of paper clipboards with digital tablets. And since they’re fully configurable, there’s no reason a solution couldn’t be designed for your office.
Do you use clipboards in your office? Call us to discuss taking it digital.