Posted Dec 19, 2009 4:13 UTC (Sat) by MarkWilliamson (guest, #30166)
Parent article: Openmoko's WikiReader
I think this device looks pretty cool. If it were easy to put multiple arbitrary mediawikis onto it (given enough SD space), that would substantially increase its value to me. If I could easily read PDFs (possibly pre-processed before loading onto the device) and text files, that would make it incredibly appealing, much more so than the expensive e-book readers on the market today.
It'd also be handy if I could use it as a 90s-era PDA with a calendar / alarm function and a notepad.
I'm hopeful that all of these things will become possible automagically due to the open source of the project and the conversion tools. The only thing I find a bit of a shame is that there's not a USB port on there somewhere to update the content easily. But I imagine the device is better protected against dust and spills as a result.
And yes, this really does seem to be the real Hitch Hiker's guide to the galaxy. Hurrah! Now, where's my towel ...