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Old 06-14-2009, 03:34 PM   #1
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Onyx 9.7" in Search of a Distributor

I don't want to hijack the Astak thread, so here is another post on the Onyx 9.7" device, available for orders of minimum of 3,000

Hardware Specification
6"/ 8"/ 9.7" E INK® Vizplex® EPD display
Touch panel with full screen scribble
16-level grayscale
400MHz processor or above
128MB RAM or above
512MB Flash or above
USB 2.0 with OTG support
SD/MMC with SDIO & SDHC support
2.5mm Stereo Headphone Jack
Wi-Fi/CDMA 1XRTT/GPRS/3G (option)
1600mAh replaceable Li-ion battery
Features
Multiple languages support
Details/Thumbnail/List page view
Search and dictionary support
Text to speech (TTS) support
Font size & family change, Zoom in/out
Bookmark/Table of contents
Format Support
PDF/TXT/HTML/MOBIPOCKET/EPUB/CHM/PDB/JPG/PNG/GIF/BMP/TIFF/MP3/WAV

I am not sure if it's a touch device, but I don't see any buttons which would allow navigation for stuff like dictionary, so it may be. Also, the smaller versions of the device, which look very similar, are touch-screen. I also see something, that looks like a stylus, on the back of the device.

Available for delivery 90 days after deposit.

I don't want to put any ideas in the mobileread crew's heads, but, if you do your logo on the back, it may not look bad....
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Old 06-14-2009, 08:34 PM   #2
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Touch panel with full screen scribble

I am not sure if it's a touch device,
I think you answered your own question ... its up in the specs you listed and that I excerpted above. However, this is the one 'promise' that makes me doubtful about their ability to deliver.

I would love to see touch screen annotation in a book reader for reading professional books. However, I'm not sure that the state of the technology is ready. After reading comments on the current touch screen e-ink devices my take is that e-ink today simply can't refresh fast enough for a natural feeling touchscreen annotation. I think that touch screen would require either non-eink or a faster generation of eink.

So, I'm looking for comments from others. My comments are based on second hand observations from this board. What do you think, is touch screen annotation ready for prime time? Maybe with the epson controller?
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:29 AM   #3
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I don't want to put any ideas in the mobileread crew's heads, but, if you do your logo on the back, it may not look bad....
Hmm, a device with the MR logo....
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I think you answered your own question ... its up in the specs you listed and that I excerpted above. However, this is the one 'promise' that makes me doubtful about their ability to deliver....
Duh, I guess I should take my ADD medication :-) Didn't see the "touch panel" part.

But if it is stylus-operated, like iRex, the screen contrast may not be adversely affected. And yeah, I'd love to have a high-contrast, clear, finger-touch e-Ink screen.
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Hmm, a device with the MR logo....
I would buy it in a second.

but min order of 3000x maybe 300 (maybe more.) = 900,000
I don't think alex has that much money.
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I would buy it in a second.

but min order of 3000x maybe 300 (maybe more.) = 900,000
I don't think alex has that much money.
I'd imagine it's much cheaper. Test it, write about it, then take pre-paid pre-orders - no returns, no support.... If the price is right, there might be a few takers
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I dunno -- That sort of business model from NAEB that tryed to do the same sort of thing with the Cybook didn't turn out too well.

But I would buy one... What is the price?
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But what sort of support will there be from Onyx and how much would it cost for the 9.7" version?
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