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Our new (pocket) eDGe

posted Sep 18, 2011, 9:10 AM by Ross Reedstrom
It's a floor wax! It's a dessert topping! (forgive the ancient SNL reference)

Some time ago, before the iPad, there was a company call Entourage that had the vision to see that there was a coming market in tablets, specifically for education. The problem they saw was that the best format for reading (a major educational activity) was the then new ePaper, but a LCD based tablet gave a lot more functionality. So, they did the crazy engineering solution - a dual screen device - a foldering tablet, each leaf being a different screen - one ePaper, one LCD Android tablet. Entourage succumbed to the fate of many pioneers who forge ahead of the market - they had a quirky, not quite polished solution for a problem the market didn't know it had, and they didn't have the size or cachet of an Apple, to create the market.

This is a long winded way to say that the last of the Pocket eDGe devices (MSRP $399) recently sold on woot for $79. And I grabbed one. It arrived Friday. I've been playing with it (upgrading the android to a beta 2.2 build, finding what markets are available, what games/apps work, what break) I like it. I'll be posting about it as I try various things over the next weeks.