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Old 03-13-2009, 05:23 PM   #1
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Interview with Wizpac, creators of the txtr at Leipzig Book Fair

Dear Mobileread.com members,

I have exciting news for you today! We were invited to do an Interview with representatives from German ebook startup Wizpac about their new eink based reading device, the txtr (www.txtr.com).
The interview was done today, live at the Leipzig Book Fair and I've got it all on video. The original material is HD 720p .mov which we unfortunately can't upload to the server without compression, so you will have to make do with Youtube HQ. I'll try my very best to preserve as much quaility as I can.

In addition to the interview we have a little bit of footage from the device in action, however, the two devices on display in Leipzig were early prototypes so you really only get a short glimpse. The information in the interview should be enough to keep you happy for a while though...
To round things off I took a few snapshots of the txtr in comparison to my STAReBOOK and iRex iLiad.
When I first saw the device I thought it's a 5" screen, but it's actually 6" just like the Cybook and Sony Reader. It looks smaller because the shape of the "frame" is different. Very interesting effect.

I'm uploading this in stages, the short demonstration clip and the photos first, the long interview video (approx. 20 minutes) will be up a little later.
Leave comments and ask questions, the guys from Wizpac are keeping an eye on this forum and anything you have to say might help them make the device even better...and might give us another excellent eink device to spend our hard-earned money on!

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Video on Youtube in HD quality.

Interview Part 1 (thanks to Moejoe/typewriterhead for the conversion!)

Video on Youtube in HD quality.

Interview Part 2 (thanks to Moejoe/typewriterhead for the conversion!)

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Old 03-13-2009, 05:25 PM   #2
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nice !! it looks much better in black !!! can't wait to see the video. and for the release date.
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It is truly a beautiful device I hope the interview will be translated to English at some point. I agree that the black is beautiful as well. The speed is extremely impressive. Did he mention at what stage they are at in development? Are they ready to manufacture these devices? How soon can we get our hands on them? That's probably the question on everyone's mind. Thanks so much for this interview though
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We did the interview in english so that we would not have to translate it later on.
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It is truly a beautiful device I hope the interview will be translated to English at some point. I agree that the black is beautiful as well. The speed is extremely impressive. Did he mention at what stage they are at in development? Are they ready to manufacture these devices? How soon can we get our hands on them? That's probably the question on everyone's mind. Thanks so much for this interview though
What I want to know is how open the reader will be. Will you be able to add functionality and on what levels? Is the goal to get a user community that extends the functionality and how will this work?
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Now I want one even more! It's a beautiful design, and has everything I would want. Go Wizpac!
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What I want to know is how open the reader will be. Will you be able to add functionality and on what levels? Is the goal to get a user community that extends the functionality and how will this work?
in the other txtr thread, someone from the team said they wanted a very open format and will be releasing an sdk for people to create new apps with.
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Please be patient...all the juicy info is in the interview. Many questions you are asking now are answered there.
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I'm kind of iffy on the design. I like the idea of buttons on both sides to page turn..does this one have touch screen?
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I'm kind of iffy on the design. I like the idea of buttons on both sides to page turn..does this one have touch screen?
I don't think it does. It appears to have capacitive controls that let you turn pages and navigate the menus. Hopefully the simpler schema will help bring the price down.
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I don't think it does. It appears to have capacitive controls that let you turn pages and navigate the menus. Hopefully the simpler schema will help bring the price down.
i think it can be rotated so the buttons can be used by either hand.
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Unfortunately the interview has been deleted from youtube for being too long.
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Unfortunately the interview has been deleted from youtube for being too long.
Damn and double-blast! Try Vimeo guys, I'm not sure if they have the same liitations at Youtube.
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