Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 22:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Of course. Just as I'm about to finish university, and leave school behind me for good, some company comes up with a dual screen tablet which I would've killed for to replace that boatload of textbooks I've read over the years. It's called the Kno (more here), and it's a massive thing for sure - but considering their target demographic, it actually makes sense.
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Dud
by gfacer on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 23:55 UTC
gfacer
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2005-11-10

Seriously, you need to be better than this to replace the leap in tech R&D that went into the ipad. Two screens is fine, but is it necessary even?

I know a old business associate that went broke on an idea much like this, aimed at the medical community. I knew at the time it was a dumb idea to try to beat tech giants at there own game (these guys might be subcontracting the work, but still)......just didn't know the guy had put his life savings into the damn company.

Hell, if you don't have the clout to make the market, even 5 years head start in the tech isn't enough sometimes. This device is 10x better than the one my friend was working on, and I bet they still would have failed if they went to market with this unit! Even palm barely got enough traction to compete against the Nokia's, Motorola's, HP's of the world when they started taking notice.....and then they lost there edge through there own mistakes.

Edited 2010-06-02 23:55 UTC

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RE: Dud
by tupp on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 02:22 in reply to "Dud"
tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

Seriously, you need to be better than this to replace the leap in tech R&D that went into the ipad.

Ah, yes... the magical Ipad, which miraculously overnight became the de facto standard of tablets. It's so "revolutionary."


Two screens is fine, but is it necessary even?

It probably helps when one wants to fold a large work area in half, to fit inside a small bag/case.


Hell, if you don't have the clout to make the market, even 5 years head start in the tech isn't enough sometimes.

"Mr. Page and Mr. Brin, we are sorry, but we're not interested in investing in your 'Google' project. We don't see how you can compete in this market, not being one of the big boys, such as Yahoo or Alta Vista."

I am certainly glad that there are those who ignore the naysayers and who persevere to advance technology and humanity.

We are lost the moment that we all blindly accept the drivel handed to us by the likes of Apple and Microsoft.

Edited 2010-06-03 02:38 UTC

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RE[2]: Dud
by mrhasbean on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 03:13 in reply to "RE: Dud"
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2006-04-03

It probably helps when one wants to fold a large work area in half, to fit inside a small bag/case.


It's just quite funny that some of the same people who said the iPad was too big, clumsy, difficult to hold etc etc are touting this one as a winner. Personally I think the idea has merit, but your agenda becomes pretty clear when you slam one device for being too big then heap praise on something that's twice the size...

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RE[2]: Dud
by gfacer on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 07:45 in reply to "RE: Dud"
gfacer Member since:
2005-11-10

Ah, yes... the magical Ipad, which miraculously overnight became the de facto standard of tablets. It's so "revolutionary."


I do think Apple has done a very good job at putty nice hardware is small light packages. Not saying it can't be done by others, but it's a challenge.



"Two screens is fine, but is it necessary even?

It probably helps when one wants to fold a large work area in half, to fit inside a small bag/case.
"

That is exactly type of dumb idea that starts these projects (the other is obviously "a book has two pages, we have two pages!"). Two screens do not make one large work area. IMO, that doesn't work on multiple desktop monitors and it doesn't work on tablet/booklet hardware. I would argue that anything done on the second screen could probably be done with a semi-transparent UI layer on the tablet. The payoff is a more simple, more sturdy design. Big screens won't fit in your bag until flexible display roll along. Pun intended.


"Hell, if you don't have the clout to make the market, even 5 years head start in the tech isn't enough sometimes.

"Mr. Page and Mr. Brin, we are sorry, but we're not interested in investing in your 'Google' project. We don't see how you can compete in this market, not being one of the big boys, such as Yahoo or Alta Vista."

I am certainly glad that there are those who ignore the naysayers and who persevere to advance technology and humanity.

We are lost the moment that we all blindly accept the drivel handed to us by the likes of Apple and Microsoft.
" [/q]

Software is much easier to innovate in, there is no comparison. Ever watch the movie "Flash of Genius"? The guy had a good idea (software), he just should have never tried to get into manufacturing of it(hardware)! Besides, as your example references, Google was not making the market.

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RE: Dud
by BluenoseJake on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 09:56 in reply to "Dud"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

It doesn't take much R&D to scale up an ipod, and even less to apply lockin.

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RE[2]: Dud
by Neolander on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 10:09 in reply to "RE: Dud"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

It doesn't take much R&D to scale up an ipod, and even less to apply lockin.

Permit me to disagree with your second point. Lock-in which actually works against someone who is more experienced than the average Joe still remains to be seen ;)

(And as my father says : "God bless crackers, democracy in the digital age wouldn't exist without them")

Edited 2010-06-03 10:10 UTC

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