The Barnes & Noble Nook is a slick device for sure. It proved to be much more popular than the bookseller expected leading to big delays in shipping the product this Christmas. A cool as the Nook is, there are some issues that need to be addressed and a new firmware for the device has been released.
The Barnes & Noble nook continues to show its true colors as a curiously hackable platform rather than a mundane ebook reader, with the artful nookDevs team now having unlocked browser functionality. The hack follows on from Pandora streaming radio, which was added to the nook yesterday, and has allowed the nookDevs team to use Twitter, access Facebook and look at other sites.
Navigation is handled by the touchscreen, with the webpage content shown on the larger E Ink panel. Since the nook has both WiFi and 3G, it's possible to browse even outside of your regular WiFi networks; however we imagine AT&T, who Barnes & Noble partnered with to provide the cellular coverage, won't be too pleased if nook owners begin hammering their data network.
Kindle beware: there's a new wireless-toting ebook reader on the scene. The Barnes & Noble nook packs not only the backing of a serious retailer but some interesting design and usability features like ebook loaning, dual displays and touchscreen navigation. The mere promise has been enough for holiday demand to exceed supply, but does the nook experience live up to hype? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Back in the run-up to Barnes and Noble's launch of their nook ebook reader, hitherto-unheard of Spring Design grabbed some headlines with their Alex dual-display ebook design. At the time there was some speculation that the two devices were one and the same, though that turned out not to be the case; according to Spring Design and a lawsuit against B&N, however, the two do in fact share some design DNA. Spring Design allege that B&N knowingly "misappropriated trade secrets and violated the parties' non-disclosure agreement" in designing the nook.
Put nook and QUE together and you've got the ideal setup for a filthy pun, but you've also got Barnes and Noble's upcoming ebook device lineup. Plastic Logic and the publisher have announced that the QUE will go on sale both in B&N retail stores and online, when it hits the market in 2010, right next to the Barnes and Noble nook announced earlier this month.
Looks like Dell's SX2200T won't have the whole multitouch monitor playground to itself. HP have announced a new, Windows 7 compatible touchscreen display, the HP Compaq L2105tm, a Full HD 1920 x 1080 LCD with an optical touchscreen supporting one- and two-finger control. There's also, for those old-school moments, a plastic stylus hidden in a nook round back.
Barnes and Noble's nook may not be the first wireless ebook reader we've seen, but with its dual displays, color touchscreen, compact form-factor and Android OS it's perhaps the most distinctive. The nook isn't expected to launch until the end of November, but SlashGear were at the B&N launch event in NYC today. Check out our coverage - and some first impressions - after the cut.
Barnes and Noble have officially announced their ebook reader, the Barnes and Noble nook, complete with dual displays and free 3G and WiFi b/g wireless. The nook has a 6-inch E Ink Vizplex E Ink display up top and a 3.5-inch color touchscreen underneath, with the whole thing based on Android and measuring 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.5-inches while tipping the scales at 11.2oz. B&N have partnered with AT&T for the nook's 3G access, and owners will be able to use the retailer's in-store WiFi connections for free as well.
Further details about the expected Barnes and Noble ebook reader launch have emerged, this time courtesy of the Wall Street Journal who are claiming to have prematurely spotted a full-page ad for the device. They suggest that the dual-screen device will be priced at $259 and be called the Barnes and Noble Nook, which has to be one of the more ridiculous names for an ebook reader right now.
Exhibit and media design firm Ideum have cocked a snook at Microsoft with the launch of their MT2 Table, a multitouch-table which, at 50-inches running at 1280 x 720, is both larger and higher resolution than Microsoft's Surface. The MT2 Table, which can respond to multiple points of contact across the display and recognize gestures, is intended for museum use, and as such has an aircraft-grade aluminum frame and thick tempered glass top. Underneath there's a 2100 ANSI projector with a 2000:1 contrast ratio.