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eReaders are going to continue to be a big deal this year with more and more firms jumping into the business. EReaders are very popular gadgets and will continue to be popular as more consumers get used to the idea of reading on an electronic device.
Neonode has unveiled a new eReader platform called the zBook that is a low cost reference design. The zBook platform uses Neonode zForce tech and delivers 100% transparent touch windows, input from finger or stylus, and multi-touch functionality.
The platform also supports gestures for controlling the information on the screen. The screen incorporates features from both resistive and capacitive touchscreens into its design.
With the iPad being unveiled this week the tech world is seeing a flurry of new accessories be announced to go along with the iPad. Most of the gear won't ship until this spring though closer to when we will see the iPad actually ship.
Bag maker Booq has announced two new products for the iPad that are available to buy right now. The new gear includes the Taipan sneak XS made from 3mm thick neoprene with a non-scratch interior. The sneak sells for $24.99 and is a sleeve for the iPad.
The Taipan shadow XS is a densely padded bag with a compartment for the iPad or a notebook with a hidden pocket for a mobile phone. The inside is padded for protection. A zippered opening also allows it to be connected to a trolley for walks through the airport. The sneak XS sells for $69.95.
The folks at Digitimes have learned that MSI is planning to launch a Tegra powered tablet PC in the second half of 2010.
The tablet is said to sport a 10-inch touchscreen and along with the 8-core Tegra 2 SoC will have HD video playback capabilities and wireless support. MSI intend to make it as light-weight and thin as possible for mobility.
The company is said to be providing several models with differing specifications for a wider market audience from around the $500 price point on.
The iPad was unveiled yesterday after a long wait and as you expect the accessories for the device are now starting to flood the market. The big players in accessories are pulling out cases and other goodies to protect the iPad that will soon be available.
Belkin has unveiled three sleeves for the iPad including the Vue, Max, and Grip. The Vue sleeve is transparent and has an expandable pocket for holding other items. It will sell for $39.99. The Max sleeve has a pleated design and will hold other items too. The design of the Max sleeve lets it collapse when not in use to take up less space.
The Max will sell for $39.99. The final sleeve is the Grip selling for $29.99. It has etched graphics in silicone and neoprene with a surface providing extra grip. All of the sleeves will ship this spring in black or plum colors. A screen overlay will also be offered for $19.99.
LUXA2, a division of Thermaltake, hit the market relatively recently and have great aspirations to great high quality and fancy up market consumer products.
They have already started selling its H4 Holder for e-books such as the Amazon Kindle a little while ago. With the unveiling of Apple's iPad tablet yesterday, the folks over at LUXA2 were quick to point out that its H4 is an ideal holder for the new tablet, that is due out in late March of this year.
You can see a shot of the artist rendering below holding an iPad.
Is this a product you would actually use? Comment below.
We knew it wouldn't take long.
Our email box has been active today with Apple iPad images and videos mocking the new tablet device. Let's take a moment away from all the tech hype and have a little laugh.
We'll post some more good ones as they come in!
Promptly after Apple's official unveiling of the new iPad tablet, Kroousa has become the first mob to introduce a case designed to keep it looking new and shiny always.
As you can see from the image below, Kroo's iPad cases come in several styles under the company's Melrose, Glove, Envelope, Milan and Cube series.
KrooUSA's press release for the new iPad series of cases can be found here.
I for one am very glad to hear that there will be iPad models with 3G and those without. I see the device for my use being something that is mostly used at home where I won't need 3G. However, if you want a 3G version Apple has landed some exceptional pricing from AT&T for the iPad.
AT&T will sell iPad owners 3G coverage starting at $14.99 per month for up to 250MB of data use. An unlimited data plan will set you back $29.99 and both plans give free AT&T hotspot access. You can activate the 3G coverage directly from the iPad meaning you don't even have to go into the store.
The best news is that there is no contract required for the access. I sincerely wish they had offered a day rate or a week rate. I could see wanting access for only a day or so at a discounted rate. Apple also unveiled a cool keyboard accessory for the iPad. The iPad docks on the keyboard and you can type documents and other stuff without resorting to the onscreen keyboard.
We have uploaded some Apple PR marketing shots of the freshly unveiled iPad tablet for your viewing pleasure.
You can see more shots over at this Apple website, if you haven't had enough already.
This holiday season one of the hottest electronics items to give as a gift was a new eReader. The Barnes & Noble Nook sold out very quickly and had long backorder lines. Many of the popular Sony eReaders sold out and the Amazon Kindle was the only eReader widely available.
For a while, analysts have been saying that before magazines and papers could go to digital formats and be popular with readers we needed color screens. The iPad may well turn out to be the most popular eReader on the market with its large color screen. Yeah the thing starts at $499, but I was seriously considering a Nook and for $200 more the iPad does so much more.
I also think that Apple may well go on to corner the digital book market with its iBook service much like it has with iTunes and the App store. Books appear to range in price from$4.99 to about $15 depending on the title.