Spring Design has announced the launch of their new e-book reader, called Alex, which runs on Google’s Android platform and features dual screens.
The Spring Design Alex has a built in web browser that provides full Internet browsing over WiFi or over 3G mobile networks, it features a 6 inch E-Ink EPD display and a 3.5 inch color LCD display.
“This is the start of a whole new experience of reading content on e-books, potentially igniting a whole new industry in multimedia e-book publishing for secondary authors to create supplementary content that is hyper linked to the text. We are bringing life to books with audio, video, and annotations,” said Dr. Priscilla Lu, CEO of Spring Design. “This gives readers the ability to fully leverage the resources on the Web, and the tools available in search engines to augment the reading experience.”
The enhanced Android OS is optimized to support integration between the color and monochrome displays while preserving battery life. Users can capture and cache web content from their online experience on the LCD screen, and toggle to view it on the EPD screen without taxing the battery life. Browser features such as bookmarking, history, and security settings are built in and the device, with full Android browsing capability, is mobile-enabled with smart phone capabilities.
Other specifications include built in speakers and an earphone jack, as well as an SD card slot, and Spring Design is expected to release the Alex e-book reader before the end of the year.
There is no word on pricing as yet.