Originally Posted by Ken Maltby
Hmm... they say that nobody wants to see how saugage or laws are made.
With the internet and forums like this, we hear of and see more of the
proccess to bring a product to market than we ever have.
Not everything developed enters the US/Euro market right away. Not
everything is initially intended for this market.
Hanvon worked with e-Ink to develop and bring to market the first
commercially available color e-Ink display ereading device.
Ectaco contracted with Hanvon to obtain a device that they (Ectaco)
could make into a competitive product, for a Russian school systems
contract. They had already been working in that market with one of their
WE found out about it. So WE started demanding the device be made
available. Ectaco now is letting us order the same device that they have
in Russian and some Eastern European school systems for contract
consideration. They have not yet produced a product for the general
purpose market in the US/Euro. Hanvon appears to be selling the same
hardware to the Asian market with more general purpose firmware.
So, the "testing" by the customers is taking place in Asia and Russian schools
and Universities. That might be a pretty good and comprehensive testing
environment. Ectaco is trying to win a competition in the case of the Russian
contract, so I expect that they are fielding the best product that they can
provide and will be implementing whatever reasonable improvements or
corrections brought to them by the Russians.
Great post, Ken.
I've been wanting a Color E Ink device for a while since I can't read off of backlit screens - even though I'm only 24 - i just despise it.
I read for 5 minutes, and i mean READ, not watch a movie or a video - and my eyes are completely shot. When I look up it's as though everything is more fuzzy than it was before.
A lot of people have been following the introduction of Color E Ink, and for those who need it, they will buy it. Not only the screen, but the content is also important to me.
I've yet to find a large color device to load my grad books and notes to, and with Ectaco's long line of freedom to content (i have almost every jetBook they've made and got my entire family them as well) I am very enticed by it.
I've already ordered mine, and for $499, it beats me carrying not only a 5 pound business law book, but also ALL the files that I've created or our professor sent us for class.
Excited to get mine and since i haven't seen anyone post the following statement in this thread:
I'M EXCITED TO BE THE FIRST TO REPLACE MY BOOKS AND NOTES WITH THE JETBOOK COLOR!
.....that felt good, lol.