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Old 01-09-2010, 05:17 PM   #1
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Notes on a brief conversation with Spring Design

I had the good fortune to bump into one of the engineers who worked on the Alex. We both happened to be at the booth of a Chinese ebook reader manufacturer. The conversation was short, but it was fascinating.

Spring Design just signed a deal for Hanvon to distribute the Alex in China. I mentioned the problem I had had with the keyboard on the N520; he grinned and agreed it was a problem. He's noticed that Americans need a bigger keyboard than the Chinese developer who worked on the devices. He went into it at some length, so I think he's serious.

I also asked him about his opinion on whether B&N stole the design from the Alex. He thinks they probably already had the dual screen design when the two companies consulted back in April of last year, but he thought it likely that B&N was only going to use the LCD screen for a keyboard, not a menu system.

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Old 01-09-2010, 06:05 PM   #2
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Neat story. I bet it spreads.
What? That Americans have fat fingers? I thought everyone knew that already.
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What? That Americans have fat fingers? I thought everyone knew that already.
Fat fingers but skinny wallets.
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