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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

June 2, 2010 at 11:16 AM

D8: Kno tablet for students unveiled

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Kno, a Santa Clara, Calif. startup, unveiled a dual screen tablet for students at the All Things Digital conference.

The Kno tablet weighs 5.5 pounds, has dual 14-inch color touchscreens and pairs with an online platform that’s supported by higher education publishers, the founders said in their demonstration.

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The device looks like an Apple laptop without a keyboard, and it will function in laptop mode by using one of its screens as a touch keyboard. The two screens are connected by a fabric material similar to what’s used for seatbelts, instead of a hinge.

It also has an iPad-like interface, displaying thumbnail-sized icons for applications and books on the device. It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios but not 3G cell coverage, and the battery life is expected to be at least six hours.

Kno expects to begin selling its tablets this fall. It’s not yet disclosing a price but it will be less than $1,000.

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