Kno Single Screen Tablet Textbook Supports Full Web Browsing
The Kno single screen tablet builds on the company's dual screen version, offering full browser and email support.Digital textbook manufacturer Kno announced the release of a single screen version of its tablet textbook. The single screen version extends the functionality of the dual screen version announced in June. Kno, short for knowledge, is a learning platform that blends a touch-screen tablet, digital textbooks, course materials, note-taking, Web access, educational applications, digital media, sharing and more into an educational experience that the company said is not available on any other tablet or e-reader currently on the market. The company plans to ship both the single and two-screen tablet textbooks to consumers by the end of 2010. Pricing and preorder announcements would be made in the coming months, according to a company release. "From day one, we designed the Kno with flexibility in mind," said Babur Habib, CTO and co-founder of Kno. "We developed the product to have multiple configurations and meet different student needs. The single screen maintains the elegance of our fluid, intuitive interface while capturing the richness and -page fidelity' of the original textbook."
Osman Rashid, co-founder of Chegg and Babur Habib, founded the company in May 2009. Kno has a team of management from Apple, Cisco, HP, Intel, TiVo, Chegg and Palm, and the company has received funding from Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, Maples and Ron Conway. In July, the company sent surveys to college students, parents, educators and developers on their advisory panel: The survey found nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of students said lecture notes and class notes are their most valuable study materials, while 59 percent also said the ability to access external online content (educational Websites, reference sites) to help them learn subjects in a textbook would be very useful.