Plastic Logic FINALLY put an e-reader to the market after 4 years of trials and tribulations. The new Plastic Logic 100 e-Reader debuted in Russia today, targeting the education system.
Plastic Logic CEO Indro Mukerjee officially debuted the electronic textbook at an event held at the Moscow Planetarium during a visit by British Trade Minister Lord Green. The event, organized by RUSNANO and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), highlighted Plastic Logic as an example of the joint technology cooperation between the UK and Russia.
The new Plastic Logic 100 uses a new technology that is neither LCD or eInk, it uses patented PlasticPaper. Because the base is not glass, the Plastic Logic 100 display is large, thin, lightweight and is uniquely shatterproof and rugged, which is especially important given constant use by students.
The new device sports a 10.7 inch shatter proof screen that reads like paper. The resolution is 1280×960 and has 150 PPI! It has a capacitive IR touchscreen interface that makes interacting with it easier then most touchscreen e-ink devices. This is the same tech found in the new Kobo Touch Reader. It has a 800 MHZ processor and 4 GB of internal storage. Battery life will last about a week of constant use, which is fairly solid.
The new reader is now available for orders in Russia and will cost around 24,000 R. They will be delivered to schools later on this month and will come bundled with over 40 education textbooks.
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