Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"GADGET: Give a Child a WikiReader at No Extra Cost"

The $99 handheld WikiReader holds the complete Wikipedia without an Internet connection—and if you buy one now, one will be donated to library and resource centers in India, Nepal and Bhutan. Help out others and get a cool gadget that might even turn out to be useful! R.C.J.

WikiReader is a compact handheld device with a 3.5-inch touch screen that houses a text-only version of the complete Wikipedia on a removable microSD card that can be updated manually over the Internet. For remote users without Internet access, a $29-a-year subscription will get newly updated microSD cards mailed to them every six months. The WikiReader uses a reflective monochrome LCD with relatively low contrast, but which can be read even in bright sunlight. The ultra-low-power device will run for up to 12 months (90 hours) on two AAA batteries. Measuring just under 4 inches square and weighing just 4.5 ounces, the 0.8-inch thick device can easily fit in most pockets.
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