Royole RoWrite Smart Writing Pad now available in the UK

RoWrite combines the traditional pen and paper writing experience with digital capture and share advantages

Royole Corporation, a leading innovator and manufacturer of next-generation human-machine interface technologies and products such as advanced flexible displays, flexible sensors and smart devices, announces the availability on of its RoWrite smart writing pad on Amazon and Selfridges. Based on the company’s unique and patented flexible electronics technologies, RoWrite is designed to accurately capture, store, and share all manner of handwritten material for digital use.
“The RoWrite captures real-time writing on standard paper with traditional pen refills,” commented Dr. Bill Liu, Royole founder and CEO. “Plus, users can immediately send a digital record directly to their phone, smart device, computer, or the cloud, or decide to transfer at a later time.”
With RoWrite, handwritten notes or drawings can be reproduced directly onto any smart device or computer, where it can be digitally saved. Everything can be done in real time; however, the device also works without the need of a smartphone or tablet. Content will be saved directly into RoWrite, where it can be synced later with a smart device, for easy sharing on social media, with colleagues and friends or in the cloud. Thanks to the combination of the pressure sensitive pen with Royole’s own Flexible Sensor in the pad, RoWrite will capture your most subtle stroke. And when choosing the pencil feature in the app, the device even offers 2048 pressure levels. You write or sketch the same way, with the included pen, but it gives you an even higher level of sensitivity.
You also have the option to select a photo or file from your phone and annotate it in the app. So, for example, if you need to send back a signed copy of a document, you firstly need to convert the document or PDF to a JPG and then you can open it in the app, sign it using the tools of the app and you can send it back to the other party, all signed and without need a of a printer.
To edit or enhance digital copies in real-time, pair a device with the companion RoWrite app. Select from different writing instruments, change stroke thickness, or add up 20 colours. You can even digitally erase and capture a video of your creation to share with co-workers, family, and friends. This video follows your exact stroke sequence, so if you would need to share customers’ journeys, maths calculations or graphs, it shows how you got to your end result in a clear way.
The device is also able to convert handwritten notes to text, for quick sharing of meeting notes with colleagues, and it’s compatible with a standard filling for the pen and regular paper for the pad.
RoWrite offers users an improved, more intuitive, tactile experience of pen to paper rather than the less-than-ideal experience of writing directly on a tablet. The winner in two categories at the 11th International Design Awards (IDA), collecting Gold in the Office Equipment – Stationery category and Bronze in Education – Teaching Aids, RoWrite is both a beautifully designed and versatile product. Whether taking notes in a business or education setting, creating real-time designs for clients, or crafting creative artwork, it allows you to easily capture and share these handwritten documents. A few additional applications for RoWrite include:
• Company employees who want to save and share notes with co-workers or supervisors
• Students to easily capture class notes or homework; especially useful for saving/sharing illustrations, drawings, calculations, and formulae
• Architects and designers can quickly sketch out ideas and send directly to clients for real-time feedback
• Commercial and graphic designers can send renderings to clients or supervisors for critiquing and/or approval
• IT or application developers can draw out their customer journeys and show colleagues the road to the end result.
• Engineers can sketch visions, then instantly share with clients or fellow team members
• Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) endeavours that entail writing formulae, diagrams, integrals, chemical compounds, etc. that are difficult to enter into a digital device using a keyboard are more easily done with the human hand
• Virtually anyone who needs/wants to communicate creative concepts that go beyond simple text
Royole Flexible Sensor Technology
Royole’s own flexible sensor technology is based on the company’s development of next-generation AMOLED flexible displays. Its flexible sensors offer many advantages over traditional sensors, including higher performance, shorter production cycle, and lower costs. Royole’s flexible sensor technology can be adapted for innovative flexible-sensor applications as well as conventional touch panels. Due to its stability and reliability, these Royole sensors can be easily integrated with flexible displays. Royole holds numerous patents with respect to materials, processes, and designs centred around flexible electronics applications with its innovative Flexible+ platform. The company provides customers with diverse products and solutions, fast turnaround time, and large-volume production capabilities.
Key feature highlights
1. Smart Writing Pad – Write down your notes, ideas or sketches on the digital notepad and share instantly with colleagues, friends or customers through the app.
2. Conversion from written notes to text files – Recognises your handwriting and converts your written notes to text documents, so you can share quickly with colleagues or friends.
3. Compatible with standard paper and standard pen refill – You don’t need special paper or expensive pen refills.
4. Store your notes and ideas digitally – One button click to share your pages seamlessly with the intuitive app on your smartphone or tablet (iOS and Android 5.0 or higher). The pages can be modified on RoWrite until you decide to close them, even after periods of inactivity.
5. Edit & add colour and style in the app – Use the app to edit, enhance and highlight your notes with colour or retouch your sketches. You can select from different writing instruments, change stroke thickness, erase, and use 20 different colours.
6. Share your pages directly from the app – Share your notes and ideas directly from the app to WhatsApp, email, the cloud or social media.
7. Annotate your photos or files in the app – open documents and easily sign or mark them, using the tools in the app.
8. Export as video – Show your stroke sequence and the way to your conclusion with the cool video feature (MP4).
Pricing and availability
The Royole RoWrite comes with a pen and a premium leather folio for added protection and is available now on Amazon.co.uk and in Selfridges stores with an SRP of £119.
Other Royole IDA winners
Royole products captured five awards at the 11th IDA annual design competition. In addition to RoWrite claiming Gold and Bronze, Royole’s Smart Desk Lamp won Gold in the Illumination – Desk Lamps category, and in the Home Interior Products – Switches, Temperature Control Systems category the Smart Home Light Switch won Gold and Transparent Smart Remote Control, Bronze. Each product incorporates Royole’s patented Flexible Electronics Technologies, and this is the second year in a row that Royole has been recognised by IDA. Last year, its Moon 3D Mobile Theatre was awarded a Gold in the Media and Home Electronics category.
The IDA competition this year received over 3,100 entries, submitted by companies and designers from 95 countries. Entries were submitted in five design categories: architecture, interior, graphic, product, and fashion.
About Royole Corporation
Founded by Stanford engineering graduates in 2012, Royole’s mission is to improve the way people interact with and perceive their world. The company creates and manufactures next-generation human machine interface technologies and products including advanced Flexible Displays, Flexible Sensors, and smart devices. Milestones include the world’s thinnest full-colour AMOLED flexible display and flexible sensors (2014), the world’s first foldable 3D virtual mobile theatre (2015), and the world’s first curved car dashboard based on flexible electronics (2016).

Holding over 1800 patents, it provides IP licenses, services, mass production, and solutions for flexible electronics applications with its novel “Flexible+” platform. Royole, backed by leaders in global finance, has started the production of fully Flexible Displays in volume from its 1.1-million-square-foot quasi-G6 mass production campus in Shenzhen, China with a total investment of $1.7B. Royole has offices in The Netherlands and UK in Europe, in Fremont, CA, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen, China. For more information, please visit www.royole.com.

RAF wife and author writes children’s books to help ‘Little Troopers’ cope with military life

Donna David is a children’s picture book writer who knows just how difficult life can be for British Armed Forces children. The author and mum-of-three is married to a serving Airman, who can often be away for weeks or months at a time.

That’s why Donna has penned the first three books in a six-part series of stories, in conjunction with military charity ‘Little Troopers’. The story books, aimed at young people aged between 3 and 10 years old, follow military children through their unique lives and the sometimes challenging situations they face. The books are formed of letters written by fictional characters Tom, Tilly and Freddie, who write to their serving military parents, opening up about their thoughts and feelings.

Donna David said: “My own children can often be away from their Royal Air Force Dad for long periods of time and this can result in complicated feelings. I knew that seeing themselves represented in the books they were reading would have helped tremendously, but these books, with very young military children at the heart, just didn’t exist. When I met with Little Troopers, I was incredibly excited to hear of their vision for a series of picture books where the Mum or Dad is deployed. This was a project that I HAD to be involved in.”

Little Troopers is the first tri-service charity providing vital support to children with a parent serving in the British Armed Forces. It began with a sponsored climb of Mount Snowdon back in 2011. Since its conception the charity has gone from strength to strength, leading on a plethora of initiatives including a story telling app, resource packs for schools and a summer camp where military families can reconnect after a period of separation.

The charity’s founder, Louise Fetigan said: “We are so excited to have linked up with Donna to offer a gorgeous series of books for children who have one or more parents serving in the armed forces. Up to now there has been a noticeable void or a series like this, tackling the issues military children often face. These books would also be a great addition to any school library and equally to any child, from a military or civilian family, who experiences separation from a parent.”

The books, which went on sale earlier this Spring, are already proving a huge hit with military families across all three services. RAF wife Gemma is mum to two children aged 7 and 3. She said her little ones loved reading ‘Dear Daddy’:

“It’s so funny, and I’m sure reading it together will help them when Daddy goes away again. I love the letter format and I hope this will encourage my children to write to their dad- anything to make deployments that little bit easier for them. It’s a wonderful book by a very talented writer.’

There are three book titles in the series so far, two entitled ‘Dear Daddy’, aimed at the children of Royal Air Force and Royal Navy servicemen. A third book, ‘Dear Mummy’, is perfect for the sons and daughters of female soldiers and for children with more than one serving parent as it follows a dual serving family.

To purchase any of the books or to find out more, visit: https://www.freewebstore.org/littletroopers/Little_Troopers_story_books/p1281576_18561086 .

WORLD SPACE WEEK: PRIMARY PUPILS REACH FOR THE STARS IN UK SPACE CHALLENGE

BROADFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS TAKE PART IN A SCIENCE CLASS IN WHICH THEY MADE A FOAM ROCKET AND USING A METER RULER TO LAUNCH IT FROM, MEASURED THE ANGLE, COUNTING DISTANCE IN STEPS.©RUSSELL SACH – 0771 882 6138

Primary school pupils across the UK are being invited to take part in an exciting new challenge to mark the start of World Space Week, which kicks off on 4th October.

“Win a Star” will give children the chance to take their place in space, by winning a star named after them and their school.

Pupils are encouraged to stretch their imagination by designing an alien! They’ll take inspiration for their designs by reading a fun story about an astronaut’s extra-terrestrial encounter and designing an alien creature that has adapted to live on a newly discovered planet.

Launched by primary school science experts Empiribox, the competition will bring the wonders of space into the classroom, sparking interest in science for children. They’ll also have the chance to see space science in action by winning a special assembly for their school.

The competition is open to all UK primary schools, and pupils have until 3rd November to submit their entries.

Empiribox Founder Dan Sullivan said:

“World Space Week is a great opportunity to bring science teaching to life in primary schools. Children are natural scientists and they are fascinated by the planets and stars. Imagine their wonder at seeing a star in their name! We hope that ‘Win a Star’ will really spark children’s interest, encouraging them to stretch their imaginations and take their place in space.”

Primary schools are encouraged to take part in ‘Win a Star’ by visiting https://www.empiribox.org/win-a-star/ and submitting their entries before 3rd November.

Empiribox works with primary schools across the UK, helping teachers to deliver inspiring lessons and fun practical investigations to engage younger children with science. Discover how Empiribox is nurturing future scientists. Visit www.empiribox.org.

The Great Books Guide will be delivered to 22,000 schools in England, Northern Ireland and Wales

BookTrust releases its Great Book Guide 2018 featuring 100 books for children age 0-12

This autumn BookTrust has published its Great Books Guide 2018 which features, for the first time ever, 100 book recommendations for children aged 0-12. It contains books to help reluctant readers, books to get children exploring nature this half term and even some potential books for Christmas inspiration. The Great Books Guide will be delivered to 22,000 schools across the country from 1st October, so keep your eyes peeled.
BookTrust knows that children who read have better life chances. They are happier, healthier, more empathetic, more creative and do better at school. Reading enjoyment also helps to build confidence, wellbeing, development, attainment and social skills.
This year the Guide is beautifully illustrated by Mini Grey and features books from a host of wonderful authors and illustrators including current Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, Nadia Shireen, Chris Riddell, Judith Kerr and Eoin Colfer. The Guide boasts a diverse and inclusive range of fiction as well as nonfiction children’s books, which explore themes as varied as animals, space, UFO mysteries and the human body.
Diana Gerald, BookTrust CEO said: “At BookTrust our mission is to get children excited about books, stories and rhymes because if reading is fun and something children enjoy, they will want to do more of it. We’ve put together this guide full of books that we think will help get children hooked on books. There is a real mixture of books ranging from the silly to the scary to the informative. We hope this guide inspires you to help children find the right book for them.”
Award winning picture book author and illustrator Sophy Henn said: “The BookTrust Great Books Guide is such a brilliant part of BookTrust’s unrelenting mission to find the right book for EVERY child and I am completely thrilled that Ted and Bad Nana have made it in! BookTrust are unrelenting in their wonderful mission to inspire and connect all children with books.”
Irish author of the Artemis Fowl series Eoin Colfer said: “Team Illegal are delighted to be included in the Guide. It is a great thrill for us to be listed with such fantastic peers. Thanks, BookTrust.”
Children’s author Candy Gourlay said: “BookTrust is in the business of reading for pleasure and this guide will be an indispensable tool for all who share this goal. Here is a lovingly curated selection, chosen to appeal to a diversity of children, and flinging the doors open to all the worlds that can be found between the covers of a book”
New York Times best-selling author Taran Matharu said: “I am so incredibly pleased to be included in the BookTrust Great Books Guide – BookTrust do fantastic work improving literacy and reading across the UK, and it is an honour to be chosen by such a discerning and respected organisation.”
Andy Stanton, author of Mr Gum books said: “BookTrust are a magnificent force for good, striving to expose young readers to as wide a range of stories as possible. I’m over the moon to be included in this year’s guide!”
Download your copy of BookTrust’s Great Books Guide 2018 here.