Openmoko has launched a new hand held device which puts Wikipedia in your pocket, the WikiReader.
The WikiReader is a palm sized electronic encyclopedia that has more than three million English language articles from Wikipedia, and the content can be accessed anywhere without the need for an Internet connection.
Updates for the WikiReader will be provided quarterly as a free download from the WikiReader website, or they can be purchased as SD card updates for $29 per year.
We created the WikiReader to be fun, easy, informative and entertaining for all ages,” said Openmoko CEO, Sean Moss-Pultz. “WikiReader is a whimsical look at the joy of learning in the digital age. It’s personal and it’s fun. We’re extremely excited about sharing our device with the world.”
WikiReader was designed by Thomas Meyerhoffer, the former Apple designer known for reshaping surf culture with his radically different surfboards: “The key is keeping it simple. We really want the focus to be on the experience of reading Wikipedia, not browsing the Web. That’s why we only have three buttons. There really is no interface. You’re just straight into the content.”
The WikiReader goes on sale today for $99 from WikiReader, it will also be available from Amazon.
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