Install the BLACKSLATE7 iOS or Android app on your smartphone.
Select a pre-loaded clapperboard template from the app then transfer to SLATE using your phone's built-in near-field communication (NFC) interface - the same technology used for contactless payments.
You can also create and select any custom clapperboard image or photo from your phone's image library, then upload, scale and format in the app to achieve the look you want.
Write your scene, take and camera settings directly on SLATE with a dry-wipe marker pen, then wipe off and re-apply to change - just like a traditional clapperboard. Even erasable liquid chalk markers can be used for a truly retro look.
Re-program your SLATE template when changing production, location, or application.
Manufactured out of tough ABS polymer with anti-glare Gorilla Glass screen and stick labels, SLATE is designed for a lifetime of use - both on and off set.
No batteries, USB charging or power cables are needed. SLATE is self-powered and always on standby, ready for programming.
Easy-fit black & white or color labels allow your SLATE sticks to be modified to suit your application needs.
Compact programmable 7.5" clapperboard with black & white sticks and carry pouch
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7.5” diagonal 800 x 480 resolution black & white E-Paper screen with 1.66 aspect ratio (other SLATE sizes are in development)
Close contact NFC wireless interface operating at 13.56 MHz according to ISO/IEC 18000-3 (antenna located at screen center)
App-based using NFC-enabled iOS or Android smart devices. Programming time is typically 7 seconds, depending on image complexity
No external power supply or battery charging is required. Two internal CR2032 long life coin cells support programming for >7 years with typical use
Case: High impact ABS polymer
Screen & Sticks: Ultra-tough and scratch resistant 8H Gorilla Glass with anti-glare filter
Operating temperature 0°C to +50°C
Storage temperature -20°C to +70°C
Humidity 10%-90% non-condensing
SLATE is designed for environmentally-friendly cleaning - only water and a microfibre cloth are needed to return your SLATE to original condition
In January 2019, TRIBE7 formed with one simple goal: to reimagine early 20th century motion picture tools and techniques by applying the very latest technology and production processes. In April 2019, TRIBE7 launched its first product, BLACKWING7 prime lenses.
TRIBE7 continues to innovate with a new addition to the BLACKWING7 family – SLATE. The SLATE concept is an industry first – a uniquely re-useable, digitally reconfigurable clapperboard that requires no charging or external power to operate.
SLATE honours the traditional process of “slating a take” with sticks that clap and a board to write on, but enhances ease of use, flexibility and ergonomics through the application of e-paper display technology as a contemporary alternative to the board.