Called a dream machine by Polymer’s CEO, Karl McGoldrick, the Readius is getting ready for the public. Taking advantage of flexible eink technology, the Readius will be a cell phone/ereading device that contains a 5″ display that folds up when not in use.
The device is due out Summer 2008 with a high end mobile phone pricetag. The content for the phone cannot be downloaded or accessed directly. Rather the information such as emails, rss feeds, and the like must be downloaded to the computer and then it is “pushed” to the device upon updating. Given that you’ll have to buy a data plan to take advantage of the “reader” portion of the mobile device, the current system sounds unwieldy.
It’s certainly an exciting step forward in design and technology. Let’s hope that function can keep pace.
Via Reuters and friend, Sergio. Thanks.