The ultimate e-gadget for geeks young and old is just around the corner. It's the first Google Android-based e-book with full browser capability and a Duet Navigator™, a dual screen display that "holds" text on one screen and related hyperlinked material on the second. Designed by Spring Design and called simply Alex, it's sure to be a hit with research, educational, and entertainment markets.
The dual screened Alex includes a monochrome 6" electronic paper display (EPD) and a 3.5" color LCD screen that displays hyperlinked multimedia information -- no, not ads, "Web grabs," actual information that's relevant to the information displayed on the EPD. Alex offers an immediately accessible knowledge-enhancement vehicle with the power of Google's vast search capabilities.
"This is the start of a whole new experience of reading content on
e-books, potentially igniting a whole new industry in multimedia e-book
publishing for secondary authors to create supplementary content that
is hyper linked to the text. We are bringing life to books with audio,
video, and annotations," said Dr. Priscilla Lu, CEO of Spring Design.
"This gives readers the ability to fully leverage the resources on the
Web, and the tools available in search engines to augment the reading
Alex provides full Internet browsing over Wi-Fi or mobile networks such as 3G, EVDO/CDMA and GSM. A removable SD card frees up space on Alex so you can lighten its load and keep your growing library archived separately. The screens are battery efficient and you can even toggle your web content up the the EPD screen to save battery power even more.
Who? When? And how much? Don't know. Don't know. Don't know.
Carrier has not been designated.
Hopefully, before Christmas.
My best guess: about $249.