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Old 02-17-2010, 07:35 AM   #1
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Bookeen announces new multitouch e-reader

The Bookeen Orizon will arrive in may, and will have a 6" SiPix screen with multi-touch support. It has a four-way directional pad as the only hard controls. It's only 0.5 cm thick and will have Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.
It will have 1GB of built in storage, but that can be expanded with a MicroSD-card.

Cost: 250 $

(available in May in UK and US)
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:42 AM   #2
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The Bookeen Orizon will arrive in may, and will have a 6" SiPix screen with multi-touch support. It has a four-way directional pad as the only hard controls. It's only 0.5 cm thick and will have Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.
It will have 1GB of built in storage, but that can be expanded with a MicroSD-card.

Cost: 250 $

(available in May in UK and US)
wow its a great news
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:50 AM   #3
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I think I'm being a bit dense right now, but what exactly is the benefit of multi-touch on an EPD, other than marketability?
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:53 AM   #4
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The Bookeen Orizon will arrive in may, and will have a 6" SiPix screen with multi-touch support. It has a four-way directional pad as the only hard controls. It's only 0.5 cm thick and will have Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.
It will have 1GB of built in storage, but that can be expanded with a MicroSD-card.

Cost: 250 $

(available in May in UK and US)
That's not new. It was announced back at CES.
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:36 AM   #5
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I think I'm being a bit dense right now, but what exactly is the benefit of multi-touch on an EPD, other than marketability?

well i suppose you could use the pinch /zoom for changing font size or for zooming for pdfs?
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:10 PM   #6
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I'm more excited about this aspect: multi-touch = capacitive touch screen and hopefully it's implemented in a way less text-blurring than Sony's resistive touch readers. PVI, the owners of e-ink are planning to incorporate touch technology directly into their screens, but it looks like they snoozed and sipix got there first.
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:58 PM   #7
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I think I'm being a bit dense right now, but what exactly is the benefit of multi-touch on an EPD, other than marketability?
It's fairly trivial to implement these days, and gives you flexibility in the UI.

Also, yea, SiPix screens would appear to be that much cheaper.
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:12 PM   #8
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well i suppose you could use the pinch /zoom for changing font size or for zooming for pdfs?
On an EPD? That sounds like torture. Guess I'll have to wait to see it in action...perhaps they are doing something interesting with it to make it usable.
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To be fair, we don't actually know how capable SiPix screens are for partial-screen refreshes...
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:14 PM   #10
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That's not new. It was announced back at CES.
Yep... agreed. But, did they say it would be SiPix back then? If they didn't that is news... or I just forgot.

I really think $250 is too much for this. But, it does look like a cool device... if only I could look at it in the store to compare the screen to a Sony reader and a Kindle and a Nook.

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Must everything plastic come in white? I got rid of my Kindle because I was tired of the drab look. Yes, I know skins are available.
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Must everything plastic come in white? I got rid of my Kindle because I was tired of the drab look. Yes, I know skins are available.
My Kindle is not a fashion accessory... I mostly look at the screen... I wish the screen was a bit whiter actually.

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Who said anything about an ebook reader (or any other electronic device) being a fashion accessory. It seems like every new ebook reader is trying to be Kindle-like in some fashion (pun intended), particularly in color. I don't believe I'm in the minority in preferring a non-white device, whether it be a laptop, cell phone, or mp3 player.

I hope you weren't implying that because I'm female I must want to accessorize with "girly" colors. On the contrary, black and silver are my preferred colors for electronics.

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Who said anything about an ebook reader (or any other electronic device) being a fashion accessory. It seems like every new ebook reader is trying to be Kindle-like in some fashion (pun intended), particularly in color. I don't believe I'm in the minority in preferring a non-white device, whether it be a laptop, cell phone, or mp3 player.

I hope you weren't implying that because I'm female I must want to accessorize with "girly" colors. On the contrary, black and silver are my preferred colors for electronics.
I wasn't implying anything... you said:

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I took that to mean (inferred) you had a problem with the way the device looked.

Is that not what you meant?

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I prefer darker colors just because it hides finger smudge.
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