Log in   •   Sign up   •   Subscribe  feed icon

WikiReader Portable Wikipedia Viewer Provides Knowledge On The Go

The WikiReader made its debut at the 2010 CES show, and since then the portable knowledge base has proven to be a boon for tourists and travelers who want to know all there is to know about where they are at any time. Look at it this way: GPS tells you where you are; WikiReader tells you what's there. Now BlueDot has announced the release of a Japanese version of WikiReader on July 21st, with an expected price of 13,000 yen or about $150.

The 4-inch (10cm) square rounded design of the BWR-01 WikiReader is less than an inch (20mm) thick, runs on two type AAA batteries, and features a white casing made from tough ABS plastic. The monochrome 240 × 208 pixel LCD screen is designed to be easily visible outdoors and has something of the look of a smaller Kindle or Nook e-reader.

Operation of the WikiReader couldn't be simpler: the device has just three buttons (Search, History, Random) and most navigation is done via the 3.6-inch touchscreen. Inside, approximately 400 million standard posts are stored on a 8 GB micro SDHC card (included) and updates are provided 4 times per year via direct connection to your PC or laptop computer.

WikiReader offers a number of helpful operating features including a "last viewed article" function and a list of your browsing History. Translation is provided across 3 languages (English, Chinese and Japanese). Last but not least, WikiReader includes optional Parental Filters that are password protected. (via @Press)

To see more noteworthy Japanese inventions, sign up for my latest articles here,

Steve Levenstein