Even by Far East knockoff standards, this sounds like a steal: a fake iPad that'll set you back only US$8.55? What's the catch?
Well, the catch is, it's a notepad that only looks like an iPad. Not a notebook computer, a netbook computer, or even a tablet computer — a note pad. Y'know, with paper. That you write on.
Enterprising students at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) in Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, decided to create this "paper iPad" (with gridlines to facilitate drawing) with the help of a nearby printing firm, who replicated the iPad's texture and control buttons. Priced at ¬•735, the notepad has proven to be a hot seller — and may yet earn the students enough yen to purchase a REAL iPad.