The other day while in the lab..., they've put together an "Innovation" lab over here, populated with all sorts of cool gadgets, gizmos, and decorations, everything from a Magic 8-Ball to the latest iMac and Nintendo Wii. There's remote-controlled this, electronic that, and lots of "so, what's THAT good for?"

One thing I was really salivating over showed-up the other day:

Yep, it's a Kindle Amazon's eBook reader.

VERY neat.

It uses an 'electronic paper' display...instead of being the normal LCD screen on, say, an iPhone, it's a contrasty, easy to read display that looks like a super-duper Etch-a-Sketch. It looks like, well, a printed page. After a few minutes, the device disappears, and it's just like you're reading a book. Controls exist for flipping forwards and backwards through the book. Even the form-factor is pleasant and intuitive--like a big paperback or a small hardcover.

It's pricey at $399, but that includes integration over Sprint's wireless network and access to the Amazon store where you can buy books as you'd like.

I must admit, when it came out, I thought "meh", but this thing is really neat and might do for books what the iPod did for CD's.


  1. Ooooh, have been wanting to get my hands on one of those...


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