Brought to my attention by @xplanarob. I first saw the enTourage eDGe at the O’Reilly TOC conference last February. I was so intrigued with it I put it in my list of top 10 takeaways from the conference. It appears the appeal is widespread, as enTourage Systems™ and Cengage Learning just announced a partnership to bring e-Textbooks together on the platform. Some bits and pieces of the press release are below, highlights: coming this fall, higher education, dual screen, wi-fi enabled, e-reader/tablet/notepad/AV player. Of note, Britannica, Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, O’Reilly Media, F.A. Davis, and the Univ. of Chicago Press have also partnered with the eDGe.
Since seeing the eDGe, I’ve now been introduced to another dual screen – the KNO
Bits from the press release:
enTourage Systems, Inc.™, creator of the world’s first dualbook™ – the enTourage eDGe™ – announced today that Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions, will provide its catalog of digital books to students and educators through the unique enTourage eDGe platform for the coming fall semester.
The enTourage eDGe is a hybrid e-reader, tablet netbook, notepad and audio/video recorder and player in one – offering users in learning environments a multi-purpose platform that combines all needed education technologies in one. The enTourage eDGe is built with hinged E-Ink and LCD screens allowing for unique engagement of content such as attaching relevant Web pages or video searched for on the WiFi-enabled LCD screen to relevant e-textbook passages on the E-Ink screen, annotating in e-book margins and bookmarking sections to later review and study, or audio record professor lectures to store for playback later.
With Cengage Learning’s vast selection of content and services, this partnership is an ideal marriage of new-age technology and rich content, providing students and educators an opportunity to improve the learning experience. With the enTourage eDGe, students can interact with Cengage Learning material in a way never done before.
The enTourage eDGe is made up of a 9.7″ diagonal e-paper screen to read e-books, take notes and draw diagrams and a 10.1″ LCD screen for surfing the Web, editing Microsoft Office documents and watching videos. It is equipped with a built-in camera, microphones and speaker for audio and video recording and playback. The enTourage eDGe runs on the Google Android operating system and backs up all content on enTourage Systems’ servers. The device folds a full 360 degrees and orients its displays horizontally or vertically, to view as a book, single screen, or prop up laptop style.
The enTourage Systems e-book store includes over 200,000 trade titles, e-textbooks, major magazines, newspapers and periodicals, as well as over one million free public domain books digitized by Google. The e-book store is a key component to the enTourage Systems eco-system, providing a controlled user experience that also includes document back-up and sharing between devices.