Sayamindu and I have been contributing over the course of the year to a Bookserver initiative to define how digital texts are indexed, discovered, and distributed. The Open Content Alliance organized a conference yesterday and today in San Francisco to help us move forward with Bookserver development, improve the draft specification. It was an inspiring event, with a lot of good working code and interfaces to share with one another. Brewster throws a mean party, and when he announced he was hosting one last night to celebrate the launch of the Bookserver project and the Archive's move into a beautiful new space in the Presidio, some 500 people turned up. I was pleased to run into Mary Lou, with four laptops sporting new Pixel Qi screens - low power, and yet so very hot.
I spoke about what OLPC is doing with this new specification - Sayamindu's modified "Get Internet Archive Books" activity was the first client application to use the developing spec and beta book servers - and we spent some time brainstorming ways to improve OPDS. It's an open group and process - all input is welcome.Read the rest of this entry
When I joined OLPC in 2006, the first thing that blew my mind was the open collaborative process used across the project. The second was Mary Lou Jepsen's incredible sunlight-readable screen.
When the first prototype came to our machine lab, I used to stop in every day before heading home, to spend a few minutes looking at it or using it. The displays have a delicious matte quality (the original prototypes had a similar glossy one) that makes anything displayed on them look like a work of art -- not unlike the efRead the rest of this entry
Pixel Qi is showing off at Computex this week in Taipei, and Charbax just posted a detailed interview with Mary Lou Jepsen from the floor. Look for the "Qi" button at 0:25, and serious geeking out on the physics and fab process starting at 5:00... and for the rest of the video! (For a quicker soundbite, he also posted this side-by-side iPad / iPhone / 3Qi comparison video yesterday.)
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Pixel Qi are having a good quarter. They are offering a variety of display options, including wide-view, anti-reflective coating, and a capacitive touchsreen. And they have started winning industry awards. More details, and a Notion Ink interview (they say their Adam tablet will release on time in a few months), after the jump.
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