updated 02:45 pm EDT, Thu May 17, 2007
Ricavision Home E-Reader
Ricavision has just entered the eBook business through its Home E-Reader. Rather than depend solely on customized PC software to load the device with books or other documents, the reader uses Windows Vista's SideShow technology to synchronize; it can store files for offline viewing but also make a wireless connection to its host to get files directly through the network. Also a departure from the norm is a stylus for making notes that can be synchronized on the E-Reader's next contact with the PC, Ricavision says. As with many readers, the device uses eInk to dramatically reduce power consumption and last thousands of pages before a recharge is necessary.
The device hasn't been given a full launch, and may serve primarily as a reference model to be used by other companies. The existence of all the backing technology, however, will allow such a device to reach stores relatively quickly. [via Paper Gadgets]