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Our podcasting partner-in-crime, Matt Miller, is over in Barcelona covering the Mobile World Congress this week and he got a good look at the Readius e-Ink device. It impressed him so much that he’s passing up a potential Amazon Kindle purchase and considering this device from […]

Readius2Our podcasting partner-in-crime, Matt Miller, is over in Barcelona covering the Mobile World Congress this week and he got a good look at the Readius e-Ink device. It impressed him so much that he’s passing up a potential Amazon Kindle purchase and considering this device from Polymer Vision because it can also serve as a cellular phone. I’d be curious to see what kind of eBook content might appear on this device because it sounded like the Polymer Vision folks indicated their own eBook format in the video that Matt shot.

I highly recommend you view the video Matt took; I’ve watched it twice because something jumped out at me and I wanted to double-check it. From what I can see the device was held the entire time with two hands. I’m sure (well… hoping, really) that this was just for display purposes. Even if so, the device controls look to be usable only by the left hand. I’ll have to check with Matt on this one, but a burning question in my mind: can you flip the device so that it can be primarily used with the right hand? Although I would assume so, I don’t think I’ve seen a picture of the device with the screen rotated 180-degrees.

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  1. Nice video. And it really is fast page refresh.

    It is unfortunate that they are looking to go with their own proprietary system. They could be the only e-ink device maker that supports an open format which would immediately put them ahead of Sony and Amazon, at least in available content.

    Imagine being able to use eReader or MobiPocket content on this device?

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  2. *slapping you upside your hipster-glasses-wearing head*

    AGAIN you’re not reading my blog.

    YESTERDAY I posted a video Vincent did which *clearly* shows one-handed op *and* 180-rotation.

    Now repent, click and save your soul:
    http://mikecane2008.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/readius-folding-ebook-reader/

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  3. *slapping Mike before he slaps my hipster-glasses-wearing head*

    Yes, I see one-handed operation in that video but I don’t see any rotation on the device. There was a marketing video above the booth that showed rotated content, but I have yet to see anyone show it on a working device. Call me cautiously curious. And stop slapping me. ;)

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  4. Ah, OK, I see your weaselly point now. It deserves a slap all on its own! Repent, unbeliever! ROTF…

    I had to go look at the vid again myself, stopped at the promo vid. But this time I noticed his one hand was actually on the roll-out paper portion. (My god! The Toilet Paper e-reader!)

    Anyway, it doesn’t appeal to me.

    Of course, jk has already put in *his* two orders. Hey, Mrs jk, guess what you’re getting for Xmas? (ROTF x 2!)

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  5. And btw, why are you so skeptical of rotation? After I saved the post, it was only then that I recall you can, for instance, put the Sony Reader in landscape mode. Not 180, but at least half!

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