Gallery: Pixel Pad: An “Energy-Efficient” iPad Alternative


Enamored by Apple’s iPad but not ready to drop $500 on another piece of tech? Check out the Pixel Pad! Made with environmentally friendly paper and vegetable-based inks, this clever notepad mirrors the physical attributes of the iPad, providing a humorously low-tech solution for high-tech gadget lovers.

Referencing the new iPad’s dimensions, the Pixel Pad’s 10-inch pixel grid offers a “sketch detailed pixel-perfect interface” at regulation iPad size. True to form, the design also includes a four-screen storyboard format on the backside, and numerous 72×72-pixel iPad sized thumbnails to let you start tinkering with the icons that are soon to signify your amazing new app.

Described as a “revolutionary, magical and unbelievable design,” and priced at just $99, each Pixel Pad purchase includes 4 pads with 64 sheets of iPad interfaced “paper memory”, 8 bonus refill pads, 12 Crayola Markers, 4 Sharpies, 4 Pilot V-balls, 4 Bic-omatic Pencils… and best of all? Unlike its energy-powered kin, you don’t need any batteries or plugs to run it – it’s all fueled by your imagination!

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  1. Jonquils July 25, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Guys, do your research: There are 3 tiers, the Starter Pak ($24), the Awesome Pak ($49) and the Ultimate Pak ($99) The review above is for the Ultimate Pak which I happen to own and it IS printed on RECYCLED PAPER with VEGETABLE INK and the thick recycled paper back of the pad is made to be reused multiple times with the refill pads that come with each set or ‘Pak’,
    Go to the PixelPads website and do your research before spewing your uninformed nonsense at the rest of us.

  2. Virginia_Page July 25, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    If the first 3 commenters knew anything about the green printing industry as I do, (10+ years) you would know that this PixelPads product is actually a pretty amazing feat. 1. Post-consumer recycled papers; 2. Veg Ink; 3. The included refills are designed to reuse the original paperboard backing. Pretty smart and simple if you ask me. No corners were cut here. Plus the printing quality (stochastic) is far superior to run-of-the-mill line-screen printing. You can’t even see the pattern with the naked eye and there aren’t any dots. If Apple were to produce a sketchpad, this would be it. To say nothing of the creative in-context design approach! BRAVO PixelPads! (Ordered the Awesome Pak).

  3. dim April 26, 2010 at 9:56 am

    gotta go with on this.
    I’m hoping this is an April Fools joke becuase $99 for some graph paper is rediculous. total greenwash crap.

  4. colemancantrell April 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    maybe fun looking, but there is noooo way this is more energy efficient. maybe electrically independent, but not energy efficient.

  5. aHao April 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    What a rip off. $99 for a block of paper and some stationary. This type of products that have \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”green washing\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” all over it. Tricking people to buy this and making them to believe this is actuallly sustainable makes me mad.

    The paper is probably not even recycled or recyclable…

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