Oct 20 2009

enTourage eDGe Dualbook/Tablet Netbook/e-Reader Runs Google Android

The new enTourage eDGe is a curious little device developed by Entourage Systems. It’s being called a ‘dualbook’ – something in between e-readers and netbooks with a 360 degree tablet-style screen. It allows users to “write notes or highlight text, send emails and instant messages, browse the Web, take pictures, record and play audio as well as video content.” It was a top finalist in the Consumer Electronics Association’s i-Stage event.

One interesting feature of the machine is the method of storage. All documents are saved directly to Entourage System’s servers in true cloud fashion, protecting users from data loss even in the face of damaged equipment.

Half of the enTourage eDGe is the 9.7″ display, featuring Wi-Fi, optional 3G, and support for e-books in PDF and EPUB format.

The other half is a 10.1″ LCD touchscreen for email, Web browsing, watching movies or listening to music. The device supports Bluetooth keyboards for expanded efficiency.

The two halves of the enTourage eDGe work in concert to offer the user a truly unique experience, according to Entourage CEO Asghar Mostafa:

“We are excited to introduce an industry-changing product that will increase efficiency in the office, at home or in the classroom. The enTourage eDGe ushers in a new generation of consumer electronics, creating its own category, by supporting multiple needs of today`s fast-paced consumer in one sleek, interactive, user-friendly platform.”

The dualbook/netbook runs Google Android for up to 16 hours using the e-reader or 6 hours running the LCD display. Check back soon for info concerning pricing and availability.

Consumers that juggle numerous devices can now manage their digital lives with
the enTourage eDGe by Entourage Systems, a revolutionary interactive dualbook
that is spearheading this new consumer electronics product category.As an
industry first, the enTourage eDGe not only acts as an e-reader, but also allows
users to write notes or highlight text, send emails and instant messages, browse
the Web, take pictures, record and play audio as well as video content. All this
can be done simultaneously from a single platform that fosters enhanced
learning, working and entertainment environments. 

Honored as a top finalist for the Consumer Electronics Association's i-Stage
event, which honors the most innovative upcoming products, the enTourage eDGe is
a dual-screen, WiFi-enabled device that has optional access to 3G networks for
fast and easy data transfers. The left side of the enTourage eDGe features a
9.7" diagonal e-paper display, serving as an e-reader or notebook that comes
with many built-in applications. The enTourage eDGe allows users to read e-books
in PDF and EPUB format and take notes or draw diagrams for easy storing on the
device while they are top-of-mind, such as during a class or meeting. For
example, a student could generate a chart to accompany a math equation while
taking notes during class. All documents are saved directly to the device and
are backed up on Entourage Systems` servers if a unit gets damaged or goes
missing. 

The right side of the enTourage eDGe is a 10.1" LCD screen equipped with a touch
screen interface to easily browse email, surf the Internet, watch movies or
listen to MP3s. The enTourage eDGe supports Bluetooth keyboards so users can
conveniently type notes, emails and IMs. These two unique screens also work
together to help individuals access information faster. For example, a user can
highlight a word from the e-paper screen, and drag it to a Web browser on the
LCD screen to search for definitions, images and so forth. For increased access
to documents, users can choose between email attachments, USB drives, direct PC
drag and drop or web page download for moving files on and off the device. 

To-date, Entourage Systems has secured more than 200,000 trade books and is
working with publishers to secure text books. enTourage eDGe users will have
access to more than one million free public domain books digitized by Google.
They will also have access to many major magazines, newspapers and periodicals. 

"We are excited to introduce an industry-changing product that will increase
efficiency in the office, at home or in the classroom. The enTourage eDGe ushers
in a new generation of consumer electronics, creating its own category, by
supporting multiple needs of today`s fast-paced consumer in one sleek,
interactive, user-friendly platform," said Asghar Mostafa, President and CEO of
Entourage Systems. 

This interactive dualbook also comes with audio and video recording and playback
features. A unique, noise cancelling integrated microphone picks up audio from
30 feet away, ideal for lectures or meetings, and saves the files to the device
in MP3 format. The enTourage eDGe also comes equipped with a text-to-speech
function. The product boasts a built-in 1.3 Mega Pixel camera to easily video
conference or stay in touch with friends and family in far-away places. The
enTourage eDGe`s A/V features are also great for listening to music and watching
video on-the-go, between meetings, during travel or even at home. 

The enTourage eDGe is an ideal solution for students looking to save money on
textbooks, professionals who want to travel light while staying connected and
general consumers trying to minimize their electronics expenses or clutter.
According to SurveyU, a full-service marketing research agency, a study
conducted earlier this year showed that 65% of students buy all textbooks
required by their professors but only 25% cited using all of the books they
bought. Additionally, three quarters mentioned textbooks are cumbersome and
difficult to carry. (1) 

This versatile interactive dualbook is also environmentally friendly, as it
allows users to store notes digitally and can reduce the need for printed
textbooks by downloading books directly to the device. The enTourage eDGe
provides a more "green" lifestyle, dramatically decreasing the amount of wasted
paper used and purchased. 

The enTourage eDGe runs on the Google Android operating system, allowing
individuals to customize the device with applications and tools. For the busy
consumer always on the move, the enTourage eDGe also comes with a battery with
advanced power saving modes to stay powered longer, over 16 hours utilizing the
e-reader screen or up to 6 hours running the LCD screen, without having to
recharge. 

For maximum portability, the enTourage eDGe`s unique enclosure allows users to
orient the displays vertically or horizontally by simply accessing the control
buttons on the side of the device. Consumers can view the enTourage eDGe as a
book, prop it up like a laptop or use the full 360 degree fold to view only one
screen if confined to a tight spot, like an airplane or bus seat.

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