What’s Next in Toys; “Drawing on Glass?”

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There’s an interesting piece in the New York Times by David Pogue entitled “The Joy of Drawing on Glass.”  It talks about an emerging class of low cost devices that allow you to draw on an electronic tablet screen with a goal “…to create the electronic equivalent of pen, pencil or brush on paper, so that artists, animators and architects can sketch or paint digitally.”

Until now, these devices have run in price from $1000 to $2500.  Now, it appears that “…change is coming. Cheap pen displays from no-name Chinese companies like Yiynova, P-Active and Bosto have begun appearing for sale on, for example, Amazon — and they cost as little as $300.”

Here is how Pogue describes the Yiynova from Panda City which sells for $300:



"This screen is a thin, 1.5-pound white-plastic slab that you can easily hold with one hand as you draw, although it has a kickstand on the back too. Unlike the Cintiq, the DP10 requires no wall power and no connection to your computer’s video jack. Instead, amazingly, you connect it to your PC with a single black USB cable."

I would love to see what LeapFrog, VTech or other toy companies will do with this breakthrough on price. 

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  1. The 16 gigabyte, Wi-Fi-only iPad that sells for $499 costs about $316 to make. The 4G-ready 64GB model about $409. So how many bells and whistles is the consumer ready to give up to save $200? How do these compare with the $100 pc project.
    For a stripped down iPad type device to really have a chance in the West for mass market I think about $100 to $150 retail is required. Then we will see creativity released. From what I have read the actual component cost is heading in that direction fast with the use of ARM chips and new display technologies. That coupled with Open Source vector and image editing software running on the free Android or Linux OS will be great as long as it provides opportunities for app developers. Also the display must be daylight readable. Coming out of labs right now is displays with solar charging layers built right in, thus dramatically reducing battery requirements. We live in an exciting world.
    For more detailed cost analyses of the iPad see: http://allthingsd.com/20120316/apples-new-ipad-costs-at-least-316-to-build-ihs-isuppli-teardown-shows/
    An example of energy harvesting displays: http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/38835/

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