The Entourage eDGe dual-display clamshell netbook is great, if you don’t mind toting a rucksack all the time, but what if you’d prefer something a little more pocket-friendly? Tucked away at CES 2010 was Astri’s E Ink ereader, an Android-based mini-me version of the eDGe with a 5-inch Wacom touchscreen epaper panel on the left and a 4.8-inch WVGA LCD touchscreen on the right.
Video demo after the cut
Like the eDGe, the Astri device – which appears to be called the MID, or My Interactive Device, just to confuse things – is targeted at the education market. It’s based on an unspecified Marvell chipset (in fact was on display at the Marvell booth) and is currently a reference design being shopped around to OEM/ODM customers.
Basically, you can read ebooks and other documentation on the E Ink panel, making annotations and notes with the Wacom active digitizer, while navigating the Android LCD display on the other side for web access, multimedia and email/IM. No final word on connectivity, but this is a far more portable device than other similar form-factors we’ve seen.