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Old 06-11-2010, 09:23 AM   #1
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The Kno: A giant double-screen tablet to replace giant textbooks

http://www.gizmag.com/kno-digital-te...nounced/15390/

A double-screened reader, geared towards the student.


It sounds promising, pricing availabe this summer, when the device will enter the student beta program...
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:19 AM   #2
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This actually does look great. If the screens are good, I'd love to be able to use it as a touch screen laptop too!
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Old 06-12-2010, 06:50 PM   #4
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Why would you want a double screen device? It'd just use double the power and have double the price.
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:02 PM   #5
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One for each eyeball so you can read twice as fast. Duh.
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Old 06-13-2010, 07:42 AM   #6
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Personally I can't wait for the multi-page ebook reader - where each page of the book is on a separate screen so that you can flick backwards and forwards through the pages and stick bits of paper between the pages to mark important passages. And it will have to be in colour, even though everything I read is in black and white, I want the covers to be displayed in colour. Of course it will be larger and weigh more than any of the paper versions of the books that I read, but that's a small price to pay for such brilliant technology,
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Personally I can't wait for the multi-page ebook reader - where each page of the book is on a separate screen so that you can flick backwards and forwards through the pages
You left out that it MUST have sound. I want to hear the pages as I flip through them.

In spite of that lack, it has other uses. And its not just to enjoy a good book at our leisure.

To quote a brilliant pundit:

"None of these large screen devices will ever be "popular". Just as a street sweeper will never be "popular". But for certain jobs a street sweeper is better than a Mercedes. Same thing with these large screen readers."
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You left out that it MUST have sound. I want to hear the pages as I flip through them.
Really?

I don't hear pages flip when I'm reading deadtree books or magazines. In those cases, do you keep a bag of potato chips around that you can squeeze as you turn pages?
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You left out that it MUST have sound. I want to hear the pages as I flip through them.[/I]
Personally, my next reader MUST have scratch 'n sniff capability. I want to smell the pages as I flip through them.

TGS, deadpan humor doesn't work if you add smilies.
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Whaddya mean deadpan humour - I'm serious.
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To quote a brilliant pundit:

"None of these large screen devices will ever be "popular". Just as a street sweeper will never be "popular". But for certain jobs a street sweeper is better than a Mercedes. Same thing with these large screen readers."
I totally agree. Always room in the market for vertical/ niche products that can fill a specialized but crucial need.
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Really?

I don't hear pages flip when I'm reading deadtree books or magazines. In those cases, do you keep a bag of potato chips around that you can squeeze as you turn pages?
Maybe you're reading dull books. What you need is a real page turner.
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Personally, my next reader MUST have scratch 'n sniff capability. I want to smell the pages as I flip through them.

TGS, deadpan humor doesn't work if you add smilies.
Straven, if you've read where ardeegee's avatar comes from you will NOT want scratch 'n sniff!
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Old 06-13-2010, 02:00 PM   #13
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Why would you want a double screen device? It'd just use double the power and have double the price.
This is marketed for students. And I can see great advantages of a dual screen there. For study books, often double pages are necessary. As they are made up for dual paged books. (see table x... or see image y).
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For study books, often double pages are necessary. As they are made up for dual paged books. (see table x... or see image y).
It's not so much the facing-pages format (most textbooks don't deliberately use a facing-pages format once you leave behind the earliest childhood picture books). Its more the fact that the dual display allows you to keep both the referring and the referenced pages displayed simultaneously, which I can see as an advantage, but one I'd personally trade for halving the weight of the device.
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Why would you want a double screen device? It'd just use double the power and have double the price.
Any serious student and anybody who has to have a lot of documents open at any one time. I sit on a small Fire department board of directors and will typically have at least six documents open at one time on a laptop.

In college (when the IBM 1620 was a hot machine) the ability to have more than one book open would have been great. Even in "one book" classes the ability to read on one side, have a powerful calculator and space to write on the other would have been wonderful.

The only thing it lacks is Pixel Qi screens
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