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Submitted by Faisal Anwar on Thu, 2010-06-03 20:42

This device seems promising. Might be worth a look in terms of potential software that might be appropriate. The are already teaming with big name publishers, but I wonder if apps for education might be just as powerful on this platform as books.

Shaoqing Niu Says:
Mon, 2010-06-07 10:19

What is the advantage of this device over a normal ipad? Is there any particular reason that people prefer dual screen tablet?

Jeannie Crowley Says:
Mon, 2010-06-07 10:45

I think the idea is to read an ebook on one side and navigate the web on the other. People could click on a link in the ebook and view interactive content on the other side without having to close the book. Also, users could take notes on one side while reading.

Faisal Anwar Says:
Mon, 2010-06-07 11:58

Also, I think two screens have much more potential for knowledge production as opposed to consumption. For example, you could create software that basically makes one of the screens in to a keyboard when appropriate, so typing, wordprocessing, drawing, etc. are much easier than with ipad where there isn't the real estate to have a full sized keyboard.

Shaoqing Niu Says:
Mon, 2010-06-07 13:20

It seems that the idea of making two parts really makes sense. However, I am still doubting whether we need two screens instead of making a screen two parts. In win7, we could make two applications each taking half of the screen. So It will be all right if we make one of them a soft keyboard. One advantage I could imagine of making two screens is that they could be folded to save space, but I guess it would have a much higher cost and might be damaged easily.

Jeannie Crowley Says:
Mon, 2010-06-07 13:31

The clamshell design (2 screens) might also make the user more comfortable because it is somehow feels more like a book. I know one of my problems with ebook readers is they just feel . ..wrong.

Skye MacLeod Says:
Mon, 2010-06-07 13:13

Does anyone know if, because the system is based on Lynix, it's more open source and modifiable as a device? I liked the fact that you can annotate and take notes on the device without downloading proprietary software (like iAnotate).

Faisal Anwar Says:
Tue, 2010-06-08 22:04

Yeah, I'm presuming that since it is linux it should be open source. I think a flood of devices are coming on the heels of iPad that have touch screen and many will run on linux.

Brian Hughes Says:
Thu, 2010-06-03 20:58

Woah! An interesting direction for personal computing. (I hate to be a naysayer, but didn't anyone tell the company kids are *smaller* than adults?)

Faisal Anwar Says:
Thu, 2010-06-03 23:46

Good point, but have you ever seen the size of some of the textbooks these kids have to lug around these days?