Kno, Inc. debuted the Kno digital textbook and dynamic learning platform at the D8 2010 Conference this week, revealing a touch-screen tablet which aims to provide college students with textbooks, course material, note-taking, web access, apps and digital media on one device. We'll have to see if students will go for this rather large dual-tablet with two 14-inch displays. It weighs about 5.5 pounds, but at least students will not have to carry as many books around, right? The Linux-based Kno tablet ereader supports Flash, HTML5, PDF and ePub content, and it will give you about six to eight hours of battery life.
According to Kno Inc., top publishers in higher education, including Cengage Learning, McGraw Hill Education, Pearson and Wiley are already on board and a student beta program will be launched in fall 2010 with a number of universities and colleges across the U.S. Availability and pricing details will be announced over the next few months.
Watch the demo video below!
Kno combines the best of the analog and digital worlds with specific capabilities for students that no other eReader, tablet, or computer can offer. It replicates the true book experience by fully preserving the publishers’ carefully defined page structure. Complex charts and graphs are presented in the same manner as a physical textbook, which allow students to interact, take notes and highlight directly on the page. Each side of its innovative, two-panel interface operates independently from each other, enabling students to use both panels to display a book, or view a book on one panel and open their browser or digital notebook on the other.
“Our education-focused product is inspiring developers to create a whole set of innovative applications that leverage students course content, touch technology, video and Kno’s hand-writing interface,” said Babur Habib, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder. “Every subject – science, math, literature, history – will be enriched by new learning tools that will add excitement and discovery for students.”