By Andrew Liszewski
In David’s “What’s Buzzin’?” post about this year’s CES he mentioned 3 early trends we’ve seen including 3D TVs, media players and ebook readers. And this afternoon Samsung delivered on all 3 fronts. In addition to a slew of 3D LED TVs and a new PMP with a see-through AMOLED display, the company also announced their E6 and E101 E-Books. They come in 6-inch and 10-inch screen sizes (you guess which model # is which) and feature 802.11b/g wireless connectivity as well as Bluetooth for downloading content directly to the device.
And in addition to a clever sliding mechanism which hides a set of hardware navigation buttons and speakers, you might also have noticed that the E6 pictured above doesn’t feature hard or soft keyboards like the Kindle or Nook. That’s because it’s got a touch screen with built-in handwriting recognition.
Unlike other e-book devices, Samsung’s E6 and E101 enables handwriting directly onto the display, allowing users to annotate their reading selections, calendars and to-do lists with a built-in electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus pen. This dedicated pen prevents mistypes caused by hands and other objects that may graze the screen’s surface. A variety of pen and eraser thicknesses make the Samsung e-books perfect for drawing and writing.
Yeah, it kind of sucks that you have to use a stylus in this enlightened age of touchscreens, but the technology leaves their readers with a very crisp and high contrast e-ink display, not to mention the fact that most of us are far more comfortable writing with a pen than our fingers. Both E-Books are expected to be available sometime in early 2010 for $399 and $699 respectively.