Spring Design Announces “Alex” the First Android-Based e-book Reader

spring_design_alexSay hello to Alex, Spring Design’s brand new Android-based ereader!  Featuring a 6” E-Ink electronic paper display (EPD) up top and a 3.5” color LCD display down below,  the device is the first e-book powered by green robots that offers full browser capability over 3G, EVDO/CDMA and GSM.

Android helps support integration between the two displays and aids in preserving battery life.  With full web browsing capability, users can bookmark, search, and view history or visited sites.  There are also security settings built into the device for you worry-warts. Other features in Alex include earphones, speakers, and a removable SD card which will allow for text with multimedia “add on” editions.

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.  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. – Dr. Priscilla Lu, CEO of Spring Design.

Alex’s dual-screen gives users the standard ebook reading on the EPD while the LC screen shows dynamic hyperlinked media. This opens thedoor for an entirely new industry for publications to enhance and supplement the text.  The patented screen set up is called the Duet Navigator and was patented back in 2007.  Spring Design has been working with major book stores, newspapers, and other publications over the last few years to help make their vision a reality.  According to the press release, they are “currently in discussion with, and enlisting major content partners and plans to release the Alex device for selected strategic partners by the end of this year.”

Barnes & Noble, anyone?

Source: Earth Times

  • johnkzin


    That looks pretty amazing.

    Does/will it have a USB Host or OTG port, so you can hook up a keyboard and take notes that way?

    What about some form of video out (DVI-I, DVI-D, VGA, Display Port, etc.) so that it can be hooked up to a KVM switch?

    Last, since it has a nice big screen, can it be used with non-mobile web sites? Like real Google Mail, real Google Reader, real Google Docs, etc.? Or is it going to use the mobile browser that's the default with Android?

    (obviously, what I want is more of a general tablet, not just an e-book/e-reader, and I'd prefer one with a 8-10" main display … but I like the over-all idea)

  • johnkzin

    Also, take a look at this one:


    Sort of like a variation of the Yanko macbook-touch concept and the Microsoft courier … only with Android. 10" LCD touchscreen on one panel, e-paper (stylus driven) on the other. USB ports (no word on external display though).

    It looks to me like the most interesting Android device that's about to come out. And the first true Android netbook/UMPC (unlike the combination Android/Windows one from Acer).

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