King Jim Co Ltd has released a new model of the Pomera mobile text input device.
In a case as large as a compact disc case, the new model, Digital Memo Pomera DM30, contains a foldable keyboard. It is the first Pomera that uses an electronic paper (e-paper) device for the display. It can be used for 20 hours with two AA alkaline batteries.
King Jim defines the DM30 as a lower-grade model of the DM200 slate-type product, which was released in 2016. It derived from the first Pomera, which was released in 2008.
“We returned to the starting point in response to users who demand a foldable keyboard and dry cell-powered operation,” said Takanobu Kameda, executive officer, chief director of Development, King Jim.
To make it possible to power the DM30 with AA dry cells, King Jim employed E Ink Holdings Inc’s 6-inch e-paper device that consumes power only when refreshing the screen. Its pixel count is 800 x 600. The CPU performance of the DM30 is equivalent to that of the “DM100” slate-type model released in 2011. Different from the DM200, the DM30 is not equipped with a wireless interface.
To use the DM30, the display is opened first, and, then, the two-fold keyboard is unfolded. When closed, it measures 156 (W) x 126 (D) x 33mm (H). When it is opened, its width is 286mm. It is equipped with a JIS keyboard with transverse and longitudinal key pitches of 17mm and 15.5mm, respectively.
The supporting legs of the keyboard are ejected at the time of unfolding it so that the feeling of typing is improved. The weight of the DM30 is 450g.
In terms of software, the DM30 features an “outline function” that enables to exchange texts by using titles and a text creation support function equivalent to that of the DM200.
Created text files can be transferred to a personal computer, etc by using a microUSB port, SD card, etc. Also, texts can be converted into a QR code and read with an iOS-based dedicated application.
The Japanese input software of the DM30 is ATOK for pomera as in the case of DM100. Though its conversion engine is older than that of the DM200, its dictionary data were updated, and auxiliary dictionaries were added.
The price of the DM30 is ¥43,000 (excluding tax). King Jim will continue to sell the DM200 (price: ¥49,800 excluding tax, weight: 580g).
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Source: Japan Today