Taiwanese device manufacturer Compal has designed an unusual laptop aimed at young children. At first glance the Supplement StudyBook looks like a standard notebook, but it has a few features that make it stand out.
First, the keyboard can be moved up and down from the bottom of the notebook to open a writing pad that children can use to write or draw. And second, there is an adjustable mirror built into the camera section, which allows children to capture and share images of what they are drawing on that bottom screen.
The StudyBook is not really a thing you can go out and buy at this point. Instead, it seems to be a concept device that Compal could shop for potential companies if anyone is interested in having Compal manufacturer it on their behalf. But you can find some photos and details posted on the IF Design Award website.
Since the laptop is designed for children, it has a colorful rubber bumper to protect it from scratches, scratches and small falls.
The writing surface seems to use the same kind of cheap CLCD (Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Display) technology as cheap writing pads like the Boogie Board line of products (which sell for as little as $ 15), so I would not expect it to be StudyBook particularly expensive to produce … or particularly impressive as a writing tablet. It is limited to two colors: black and green. And there is no support for things like pressure sensitivity or tilt detection.
Still, the inclusion of both a QWERTY keyboard and a writing pad with support for battery-free pen input means that young students can practice typing and writing with the same device.
The foldable mirror over the camera can be angled to capture the contents of the writing pad and software on the computer will automatically invert the images so that writing and drawing do not look backwards. You can also use the mirror + camera to capture other images placed on top of the keyboard / writing area such as a book, Play-Doh sculpture, origami objects.
You can also flip the mirror down so that it covers the camera when you are not using it or turn the mirror all the way up so that it does not obstruct the camera so that you can use the webcam for video calling.
Images also show HDMI, USB Type-A and Type-C and 3.5mm audio ports, plus a microSD card reader and a button on the side of the laptop where it is easy to press when the keyboard or the writing surface in are used.