September 12, 2011, Moscow, Russia: UK based eBook Reader company Plastic Logic announces the development of the Plastic Logic 100 for Education. The new electronic textbook had been designed for students and educators in particular. It allows students to carry, access and review their books in a much more effective manner.
The large, thin and lightweight device is based on PlasticPaper Technology, the trademark of Plastic Logic. The textbook is everything that a student needs to go to the university; it cuts out the full-backpack of books and with the Plastic Logic 100, educators manage to offer their students the full year book curriculum, making sure the students always have with them everything they need for their classes.
This marvelous gadget is groundbreaking as it features the non-glass display, the new discovery in organic electronic and nanotechnology and the world’s first device to feature PlasticPaper technology. It’s large, thin and lightweight display is an incredible advantage for a student daily used tool, since it’s shatterproof and rugged; and tops both books and LCD displays.
The Plastic Logic 100 has a 10.7 inch display, a weight of only 475 grams and is ultra thin with 7.65mm thickness. It looks and reads like paper, with fingertip touch control and when held it feels like not more than a newspaper. But the most amazing thing is that it actually eliminates the need for heavy paper textbooks. Also in the “amazing” department, it’s completely safe for the human eye, as opposed to the back-lit glass displays, it can be read in full sunlight and it is glare free. The textbook comes with a simple interface that makes for an ideal experience, as it resembles perfectly a regular schoolbook that doesn’t cause eye strain when read for a long period of time. It has an 800 MHz processor and 4GB of storage, and comes with 40 pre-loaded books (in the Russian 6 and 7th grade programs it’s aimed for).
Unlike ordinary displays, Plastic Logic 100 comes with a shatterproof, rugged screen, feature that makes it perfect for student daily use. All the controls are effectuated by a simple touch of the screen, the simple finger swipe turns the page and one touch of a textbook title opens it where it was left off. Moreover, the eTextbook makes it easy to underline and annotate a text, bookmark a page or search for keywords in the textbooks. With the facile software, it is user friendly and helps students learn much easier.
Much appreciated was the long life battery of this device, needing to be recharged only once a week. In battery life this is considered exceptional and furthermore, it’s impossible for students to delete, change or damage their books, so the device has data protection active.
Available in certain parts of Russia only, the eTextbook is priced currently at about 250 euro which might be considered relatively high, but considering it comes loaded with 40 books and one single book may cost up to 80 euro, the price is extremely reasonable.
The project Plastic Logic had to bring the PL 100 to Russia is a strong statement of the innovative joint technology cooperation between UK and Russia. The electronic textbook was debuted at an event held at the Moscow Planetarium by Plastic Logic CEO, Indro Mukerjee, during a visit by British Prime Minister Lord Green. The event was organized by RUSNAO and UK Trade and Investment.
The Plastic Logic 100 electronic textbook is an amazing product on the market and it can easily compete with the Kindle because the ultimate difference between it and any other device on the market is the groundbreaking PlasticPaper technology.
Plastic Logic 100 Specifications:
Display Technology: Plastic Logic PlasticPaper™
Display finish: Shatterproof polymer, anti-glare, anti-fingerprint, hard coat
Display size: 10.7″ (27cm) diagonal
Display Resolution: 1280 x 960 at 150ppi
Color and Finish: Front: Charcoal Grey with matte finish; Back: Black with soft touch finish for easy grip
External dimensions: 216 x 280 x 7.65mm
Interface: Full screen capacitive touch
Storage: 4GB internal
Battery Life: Over a week of average student reading
Operating System: WinCE
Applications (on device): Home and Content Organizer, Reading and Annotating, Search, Cross document navigation