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Old 09-27-2010, 05:54 PM   #1
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Kno News

Kno is showing a single display unit now as well as the dual display device they showed previously, apparently to show two price points.



They still claim to have the text book oriented device(S) out before the end of this year.

story w/video http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/27/kno...ocused-tablet/

press release

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Kno Breaks New Ground with the World's First Single Screen Tablet Textbook

Kno Continues the Pace of Innovation in Integrated Learning with a Smaller
Version of the Kno

TechCrunch Disrupt Conference -- San Francisco, CA – September 27, 2010 –Kno, Inc., the groundbreaking tablet textbook and dynamic learning platform, today announced its further commitment to the education market with a single screen version of its tablet textbook. The single screen version extends the breakthroughs and functionality of the dual screen version announced in June.

"Kno fundamentally improves the way students learn," said Osman Rashid, the CEO and Co-Founder of Kno, Inc. "We are driven to innovate in a category that has been static for too long. Even though the Kno pays for itself in 13 months, the smaller up front investment of the single screen version will allow more students to use our learning platform."

Kno, short for knowledge, is a transformative learning platform that blends a touch-screen tablet, digital textbooks, course materials, note-taking, web access, educational applications, digital media, sharing and more into a powerful and engaging educational experience that is not available on any other tablet or eReader today.

"From day one, we designed the Kno with flexibility in mind," said Babur Habib, CTO and Co-Founder of Kno, Inc. "We developed the product to have multiple configurations and meet different student needs. The single screen maintains the elegance of our fluid, intuitive interface while capturing the richness and 'page fidelity' of the original textbook."

The company plans to ship both the single and two-screen tablet textbooks to consumers by the end of 2010. Pricing and pre-order announcements will be made in the coming months.

About Kno, Inc.

Kno, Inc. fundamentally improves the way students learn, by offering new ways to digitally consume, organize, create and share knowledge. Kno offers both two-panel and single panel tablet textbooks that artfully blend the intuitive experience of the conventional textbook with a rich digital world of video, note-taking, sharing and more. Its open platform encourages publishers and developers to create and distribute innovative education applications and content. Kno, Inc. was founded in May 2009 by Osman Rashid, co-founder of Chegg and Babur Habib, a consumer electronics veteran. Kno has a world-class management team from Apple, Cisco, HP, Intel, TiVo, Chegg and Palm. The company has received funding from Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, Floodgate, Ron Conway, Silicon Valley Bank and TriplePoint Capital and is based in Santa Clara, California. For more information please visit www.kno.com and follow Kno at: http://twitter.com/GoodtoKNO.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:12 PM   #2
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Assuming a reasonable price point, and the text books you are actually using are on the device, the two panel version looks really impressive.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:17 PM   #3
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Looks nice - the sort of thing I want for texts / journals; I'd be interested when it's actually released, if it's available in Aus...
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What's the battery life, I wonder?
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Old 09-28-2010, 01:10 AM   #5
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Weight and price. It will have to be cheaper and weigh less than the iPad in order to succeed. Oh, and the ability to add your own material.
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Engadget has a hands on with the single display Kno

http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/27/k...-power-in-hal/
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Looks like an iPad with a higher res and a pen.

With a glossy IPS sucking down batteries, it's gonna suck for reading.

But I guess it's better than nothing

Still waiting for that really high-res matte display that emulates paper, and not a laptop with a keyboard sawed off.

EDIT: Watched the video. They are actually concentrating on the "Platform" idea with services, content and workflow meant for students.

Still, the form factor is not the best. 6hr battery (mfg specs, reality will likely be less) just doesn't cut it for education, unless all the student chairs have electricity sockets...

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With a glossy IPS sucking down batteries, it's gonna suck for reading....
Well, the iPad has an IPS screen and it does over 10 hours, in a thinner body. This screen is larger, but the body is thicker, so I would have thought they can stuff a larger battery in there.

This screen would be great for PDFs, but the OS would give me a pause. Wish they used Android -- would have saved them much development, and Android 3, which is tablet friendly, is coming to market before this tablet.
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This actually looks quite good, in theory. I'd love something like that for my textbooks, depending on the price.
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Looks good. Remains to be seen if they can keep up with a before "end of year release". Looks like we will have plenty of choices by Q1 2011.
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