WikiReader – The complete Wikipedia in a handheld device
OpenMoko, known from building the first fully open source phone, released its new device, WikiReader. Priced at $99, the new wikireader delivers the joy of information by packing every Wikipedia article into a pocket-friendly travelling companion and it works completely offline.
The WikiReader measures 3.9-by-3.9-by-0.8 inches and weighs 4.5 ounces. It has two AAA batteries, a low-power CPU and a large monochrome touchscreen, and standard microSD cards to house all the articles. According to OpenMoko, the two AAA batteries can last for 500 hours for a regular use of about 15 mins a day. It’s not a connected device, either. The article database is stored on a MicroSD card. You can update the SD card through your computer using the WikiReader’s website or — if you’re less technically inclined — Openmoko will send you new SD cards four times a year for a $29 annual fee.
The WikiReader has got four buttons: one at top to turn it on, and three on the face to bring up the search, see your history or find a random article (much like hitting “shuffle” on a music playlist). All of the typing is handled by way of a virtual keyboard that pops up on the unit’s monochrome touchscreen. And the touchscreen lets you scroll through articles and click on hyperlinks. Its exceptional simplicity also makes it suitable for elderly people and children. Unfortunately, the device can’t display images on screen.
If you dont already own a internet capable smartphone or travel often to places where there is no internet connectivity, the WikiReader is definitely worth considering.
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