The whole Wikipedia in your pocket with the OpenMoko WikiReader

October 14, 2009, By Thomas Antony

OpenMoko, a Japanese company which was previously working on an open source smartphone has released a new ‘WikiReader’ device. It is a handheld device for people who rely on the information contained at Wikipedia more often than they have access to the Internet.

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The WikiReader has a large, monochrome touchscreen which lets you scroll through wikipedia articles and click on the internal hyperlinks. The articles won’t have any of the images associated with them. The device measures 3.9” x 3.9” x 0.8” and weighs only 4.5 ounces. The display is bright enough to be viewed in bright sunlight. Running on 2 AA batteries, it can keep going for about 500 hours – which comes to around 1 year with 15 minutes of daily use. The device sports four buttons, a power button and 3 navigation buttons namely Search, History and Random. All the typing is done on an on-screen QWERTY keyboard.

The data will be stored on a microSD memory card. Updates will be downloadable on a computer and can be transferred to the card using a card reader. No connectivity options are included in the device. For an annual subscription of $29, OpenMoko will send you updated microSD cards occasionally.

The OpenMoko WikiReader costs $99 and is available from today.

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[Via Engadget]

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