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[CES 2010] Hands-on With The WikiReader

[CES 2010] Hands-on With The WikiReader

WikiReader (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m still a bit skeptical about the need for a $99 monochrome device that simply provides an offline copy of Wikipedia, but I had a chance to play with the WikiReader today, and found myself utterly entranced with the random button. The device itself is light and simple, and if I had to sum up the monochrome display and touch screen in one word I would definitely call it ‘usable’, but I instantly warmed up to that ‘random’ button you can see in the lower left corner which provided a kind of a ‘word-of-the-day’ calendar experience. Now normally I don’t sit at my computer all day looking up random articles on Wikipedia to pass the time, but I could probably find myself killing a moment or two of boredom with this device.

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