Gizmodo, a tech product website, previewed a product which revolutionizes research brainstorming sessions. In the past, concepts and ideas all ended up on a dry erase board-- new thoughts eventually erasing some of the old. Once you had the final concept, the process of discovery, some of those intermediate creative steps, were often lost.
Now Sharp's new LCD Blackboard takes this process several steps beyond those dry erase boards.
According to Gizmodo:
The PN-L601B, which will go on sale in Japan at the end of the month for $11,700, lets educators or businesspeople or whoever else write on top of scanned images with highly accurate handwriting recognition. All of the work done on the display, which can be erased at any time, is recorded on a PC via USB, so your classroom's painstaking diagramming and doodling will be preserved for posterity.
Here is a video that shows how this Blackboard works.