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Electronic Edupaper reduces Eye and Back strain for schoolchildren

The Dutch Edupaper company, located in Maastricht, will make it possible for schoolchildren not to have to lug many kilograms of books in their backpacks each day. Beginning of February a project starts at the Bonnefanten College in Maastricht where - for the first time in the history - children will effectively use electronic paper in the classroom. The new product is based on innovations by E.INK Corporation and Royal Philips and is produced by the iRex company, a spin-off from Philips, located in Eindhoven, the Netherlands...
Electronic Edupaper reduces Eye and Back strain for schoolchildren - digital camera and photography newsMore information on this interesting project you'll find here:
- The Edupaper project  (English version per Jan. 29)
- Dokeos elearning company - software
- iRex Technologies company - hardware
- The E.INK Corporation - technology
- Philips research project - research

OVERVIEW

On a flat device, named “Edupaper” with a display the size of half an A4 (or folded letter size) page, all school books for one or more school years will be digitally stored. Through a new technique with "electronic ink", the device is as easy to read as paper, without any distracting reflections, and the text is - even in full daylight - very well readable. In contrast to a regular laptop, the device stays cool, weights less than 400 grams, and the battery runs out only after 15 hours. All these features facilitate the use of such devices in classrooms, as these devices will not disturb the education process as laptops tend to do.

Using a touchscreen, the students can make notes in their digital books and in - contrast to paper - these can simply be modified or removed. For each subject one large file is loaded containing the theory book, the workbook and the Dokeos "electronic learning environment”.  Handwritten notes can be stored and automatically converted to MS Word documents. Multiple-choice tests can be made and automatically checked by connecting the device to a central computer. Open questions can be filled out by means of special forms, whereupon they can be sent to the instructor. He, on his turn, can save his back as he no longer has to lug piles of exercise-books home with him.

Each morning and evening, the data is synchronized with the central computer for backup and to bring the information up-to-date. An additional experiment will be to upload a daily newspaper for discussions on recent news in the classroom, which might spark renewed interest in the fading art of reading…

Technical specifications:

Content formats supported

PDF, XHTML, TXT, APABI (China only), OEB, MP3

Interfaces

USB type A connector for USB memory stick.
WIFI 802.11g wireless LAN, 10/100MB wired LAN.
CF type II slot for memory extension or other applications
MMC slot for MMC memory cards.
3.5mm stereo audio jack for headset.

System specification

400MHz Intel X-Scale Processor, 64MB Ram
128 MB free internal FLASH memory for storing content
(sufficient for 1 month of newspapers, 30 books and many other documents).
Touch sensor input using stylus.
Rechargeable battery.
Travel hub included, connecting to wired LAN, power adapter and PC using USB.
Dimensions (wxhxd): 155x217x16 mm.
Screen dimensions (wxh): 122x163 mm.
Weight: 390 grams.
Operating temperature is 0°C to 50°C.
Storage temperature is –20°C to 70°C.
January 26, 2007
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