ECTACOInc.CO.UK | jetBook Color E-ink reader first look

Reviewed by          Andrew Williams
17 January 2012

There are plenty of colour ebook readers around, but they invariably use LCD screens. This means low battery life, more eyestrain and a worse experience in direct sunlight than their E-ink counterparts, like Amazon’s Kindle. E-ink Corporation, the company behind all the top ereader screens, already has a colour version of its own screen tech though, and it was showing it off in the Ectaco jetBook at CES 2012. Read on to find out whether it’s any good or not.

The Ectaco jetBook reader is different to most ereaders found on UK shelves. Its screen is 9.7in across and its resolution 1,600 x 1200 pixels. Currently the only colour E-Ink reader available across the world, according to its maker, it’s easy to call this the most advanced ereader yet.jetBook 1

However, it has deliberately marketed itself into a niche. The E-ink rep told us that it’s primarily though-of as an educational tool, for kids to view textbooks on. From a user experience perspective, this angle holds out too.

The Ectaco Jetbook Color isn’t very quick compared with a Kindle or the latest Sony ereader, and page turns can feel laboured. But when its pixel density, 206dpi, is so much greater than the reader norm of 166dpi – resulting in sharper text – and it offers the techie holy grail of colour E-ink, it’s an interesting signpost of what’s to come.
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The E-ink Corporation’s solution to colour ereading is very similar to its current black and white model, used in all the most popular readers. It works using dark and light microcapsules that are brought to the surface to form images and text.  There have been various generations of the tech – Vizplex and Pearl the most notable – but the jetBook’s Triton screen adds colour filters to extend the palette beyond the 16 shades of grey currently supported.

However, as you can tell from this close-up of the jetBook’s screen, the technology has a way to go. The limited contrast of E-ink becomes all the more apparent when dealing with colour, resulting in muted tones that at best resemble low-quality newsprint. jetBook
The screen is sharp, but colours are muted

This is problematic because the key functions we’d initially image for a colour reader – magazine and comic book (graphic novel, if you must) reading – will be stymied by this imaging limitation. E-ink was quite open about this problem, and was even up for discussing the relative merits of its colour rivals, Mirasol’s colour screens top of our particular list.

Mirasol’s solution offers better colour reproduction, but worse battery life at decent brightness levels. Seeing E-ink’s colour tech in action, we can only conclude that it still has some work to go before reaching the level of quality we’re after – and given the small increments in contrast achieved over the past five years, it may take a while. The Ectaco jetBook sells for £379.95 and the same hardware has also been spotted bearing the Hanvon brand. Drop us a line below in the comments in you’re eagerly awaiting a usable colour E-ink solution.

Verdict

With a larger screen and slower operation, the Ectaco jetBook isn’t going to lure us away from our Kindles and Sony Readers any time soon, but its use of a colour E-ink screen is fascinating. The mediocre level of colour reproduction won’t make it palatable for a mainstream gadget-buying audience, but fingers crossed we’ll get there one day.

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ECTACO jetBook Color EDU.12 – Educational eTextbook Tablet with Test System, Home Assignments, Remote Tutoring and eBook studies.

The ECTACO jetBook Color eTextbook Tablet  breaks through the educational market and offers students and teachers the ability to save money on books while providing unlimited teaching resources. The  jetBook Color eTextbook Tablet is the world’s first to utilize eye-friendly color e-Ink  technology in an eTextbook Tablet oriented solely towards education.

Every unit has an individual connection to a Teacher’s Console. Teachers can restrict the download of any programs or content that is not related to the class, send students grades, exams, homework, and messages with the students being able to submit all those options as well. The main screen serves as an ID card for the student displaying a schedule of classes (updated daily via Wi-Fi or 3G), list of student’s and teacher’s notes, homework and classwork, and a designated channel for instant communication with any teacher. The same home screen will boast an application list based on student’s grade and classes with the following topics: My Library, eTextbooks in work, Classwork and Homework, Oxford Reading Support, Languages and Games, Science and Math. Subsections within these applications will aid students to be on top of their classwork and pair technology with the classroom creating a fully interactive and intellectually stimulating environment connected to worldwide educational resources.

Along with the most sophisticated and  functional eBook reader software, the product features the content of a 50-state reading list, teachers and school administrators resources, parents support and advices, and a fully interactive SAT course that will train, test, and raise students’ SAT scores. A Speed Reading course that will teach them to read and  comprehend text faster, Talking Oxford Dictionaries narrated by professional
linguists, course of English and foreign language grammar, speech recognition
and speech analysis based phonetic Language Teacher ® and U-Learn? courses that
teach any of the 52 available languages and provide great support to ESL  students. Pictured dictionaries for 36 languages, cross translator for 180 languages, Vocabulary Builder, Linguistic Crosswords, reference materials in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Earth Science, Interactive Periodic Table of Elements, graphing and scientific calculators and more.

The list of supporting technologies include a
multilingual speech recognition module, text-to-speech module for pronunciation
of books, machine translation technology that is able to translate anything from
one sentence to an entire book in a matter of seconds. Script character
recognition in combination with an EMT panel allows students to write on the
screen, convert their script into typed characters and helps teachers to check
assignments (replacing paper for classwork and homework to reduce waste and save
time). Multilingual optical character recognition technology built into a
handheld scanner that connects to the device provides quick transfer of printed
text into digital format with a plug-in GPS module that allows parents to locate
their child or the unit itself with a few clicks. The jetBook Color is the only
device in the world to use the extremely safe and eye friendly technology of
Color e-Ink. The 9.68″ PVI EPD screen with a display resolution of 1600 (H) *
1200 (W) is exceptionally crisp, clear, and fast. The touch panel uses
Electromagnetic Resonance Technology which allows students and teachers to
freely take notes anywhere on the unit when necessary. With a dynamic speaker
system and a Freescale i.MX508 800MHz with ARM Cortex A8 CPU the unit has
instant response and functionality oriented towards an active student’s or
teacher’s lifestyle. The rechargeable 2350mAh Lithium-Polymer battery lasts for
10,000 page turns on a single charge without compromising screen quality. The
front side of the unit has a durable and antibacterial layer of paint in black
or white with a rubberized paint job on the back of the unit to limit the
possibility of it slipping off any desk or other surface. The new technology of
Color e-Ink requires the highest level of quality control and testing. All units
are passed through rigorous exams to ensure durability and overall lifespan.

The sleek and durable design is available
in 2 colors, black and white. The front side is covered with an antibacterial
layer of paint while the back side is covered with rubber paint to prevent the
unit from slipping off a desk. The unit comes with a leather pouch and handheld
Ectaco/C-Pen scanner for scanning and loading printed materials into the device
when needed. The jetBook Color is oriented specifically toward education,
students, and teachers with a simple and easy to use interface that was
recommended by leading educators. The jetBook Color has 32GB of space designated
for eTextbooks, interactive programs, homework, classwork, exams, notes,
schedules, and more. Each student’s jetBook is individually connected to a
teacher’s unit. A teacher can send notes, grades, exams, tests, assignments,
parent’s notes to each student’s unit in the class using a secured communication
technology. Students can pass their homework or written and verbal tests back to
the teacher’s unit securely as well. The parents can view all students’ class
and homework by using a WEB-based Parent Console. The jetBook Color is intended
to be used in the US educational system starting 2012.

Currently, states  across the US are mandating a switch to an eTextbook format over the original paper textbook method to cut costs and limit the destruction of forests. The
jetBook Color holds thousands of books, study courses and tests to provide an
effective way of remote education for those who temporarily cannot attend  school. Students are ready to move into the future and not carry 25 pound  backpacks every day.

JetBook Color has a specifically optimized user  interface to enable teachers to have tools for managing students. It’s equipped with a secure communication control module that assures teachers their messages to students and parents reach the intended recipients. Each parent can see a real time graph of their children’s performance in school or at home and contact  teachers if needed.

The jetBook Color will provide an immensely positive change to the current educational market by cutting costs dramatically for schools and parents, and reduce the impact on our environment. With a collective amount of know-how and unique technology, the Ectaco jetBook Color is the next generation device to be implemented across schools in the US.

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ECTACO Partner EAl900 Grand – English <-> Albanian Talking Electronic Dictionary

Unsurpassed Translation
With a massive 697,000 entry English <-> Albanian  Translating Dictionary, an easy to use 39 language translating Picture Dictionary and a complete English explanatory dictionary, the remarkable new EAl900 Grand contains everything you need for superior translation and accurate communication. Exclusive User Dictionaries allow you to store your own personalized lists of frequently used words and a history function remembers
your most recent translations to provide instant access to the information you need to understand and be understood.

Scan and Read Translation

Using the included Ectaco/C-pen Handheld Scanner you can now translate things you never dreamed possible as easy as grabbing an entire text wherever you find it. Simply
scan a word or a phrase from any surface – a book, newspaper, doctor’s prescriptions or a poster on the wall – upload it and get an instant translation. In addition, with the help of the included mini-USB to USB adapter and ECTACO software (sold separately) you can use the Ectaco/C-Pen to import image data to your desktop or laptop PC as well.

Advanced Speech Capabilities

Delivering flawless voiced output of all the words in its enormous database with True Voice human pronunciation, the EAl900 Grand offers a unique chance to improve your pronunciation by hearing how a native speaker says a word or phrase. A pre-recorded word list provides access to the dictionary’s spoken entries. The world’s most advanced English Speech Recognition modules let you speak into the device in your own language and get an instant, hands-free translation that can be spoken out loud in the target language.

 

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Dependable Audio PhraseBook

A fully functional talking, translating Audio PhraseBook  provides you with all the words and phrases you need to communicate in almost any situation. Divided into 15 easy to navigate topic areas, it includes 14,000 phrases so that there’s nothing you won’t be able to say. Simply select a category, press the ‘Say’ button and the translator speaks the phrase fluently in the language of your choice.

Successful Language Study

Complete with a bilingual interface ECTACO Partner EAl900 Grand – English <-> Albanian Talking Electronic Dictionary and Audio PhraseBook with Handheld Scanner allows anyone to learn English or Albanian using the most effective methods ever developed for independent study. With the patented Language Teacher system that comes pre-loaded on the EAl900 Grand you are well on your way to complete control of a new language within minutes. One of the most effective methods ever designed for language study, it employs the advanced True Voice and Speech Recognition modules and step-by-step lessons to guide you comfortably from beginner to advanced speaker. With a full set of enjoyable games and exams, you improve your language skills naturally and intuitively. In addition, with the unique Word-of-the-day utility, a Memorize splash screen appears when starting an application to show you a useful word or phrase, a translation and a corresponding picture. It’s an excellent way to improve your vocabulary and master a foreign language!

More information here.

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ECTACO and Hanvon

by http://goodereader.com/

The purpose of electronics trade shows is to give manufacturers a chance to show off  a little, to bring the best that they’ve got and sometimes, to bring the best that they don’t have just yet. At the January 2011 CES expo in Las Vegas, Chinese e-reader and tablet developer Hanvon teasingly announced the upcoming  release of their color e-ink reader; ditto their presence at BEA in late May, but those devices, originally slated to launch in China in March and release to North America later this year, are as of yet still unavailable to consumers eagerly awaiting the opportunity to use the technology that they got to
experiment with briefly at those events. “Hanvon is currently working on several new e-reader models, including the world’s first monochromatic 200 dpi  e-ink reader and the world’s first color e-ink reader. The Hanvon E920 monochromatic 200 dpi e-reader will be released first in the domestic Chinese market towards the end of July. Chinese consumers can anticipate the Hanvon C9 color e-ink model shortly thereafter in the fall. Both models, showed at CES in January, are nearing completion and will be available soon,” comments Billy  Hanafee, Marketing Manager for Hanvon’s International Business Department. And
the anticipated E920 will certainly live up to the hype, as it supports seven different file types, utilizes the Opera web browser, supports Hanvon’s handwriting capabilities, and features a micro SD card slot for more storage, all encased in a 9.7” screen and weighs in at just over 500 grams. Hanvon has  enjoyed a dynamic working relationship with Ectaco, manufacturer of the jetBook series of e-readers which were also showcased at this year’s BookExpo. While Ectaco has worked to develop the firmware for the Hanvon devices, the two companies have collaborated on a number of educationally-designed e-readers for elementary through secondary educational settings. These devices, notably the jetBook Color and the jetBook K-12, are already in place in some markets and should be available for schools in the U.S., China, and Eastern Europe for the upcoming school  year.

“The jetBook K-12 will have certain hardware and software features designed for students, whereas the C9 will be intended for consumer e-reader,” adds Hanafee. By focusing on the specific needs of its users in all markets, Hanvon is able to design its devices around the features its readers will use  most, unlike developers who market one-size-fits-all devices to  consumers.

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JetBook K-12 Education eBook System

ECTACO K-12: Read. Learn. Succeed
- An eBook Reader & Organizer
- Interactive SAT Preparation Courses
- Speed Reading Courses
- 50 States Reading List
- Language Learning Programs
- Language Communication
- Math Help, Guides, and Calculators
- Earth Science
- Chemistry
- Physics
- World Economics and Geography
- Extras
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JetBook K-12 ECTACO

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ЕСТАСО: Another country embarks on the road of global informatization of education.

After the beginning of the two projects on the introduction of the high school of new media education in the USA and the Ukraine, jointly with the company ЕСТАСО (JetBook K-12) , another country entered on this way. This Is South Korea.

South Korea announced this week that it plans to spend over $ 2 billion developing digital textbooks, replacing paper in all of its schools by 2015. Students would access paper-free learning materials from a cloud-based system, supplementing traditional content with multimedia on school-supplied tablets. The system would also enable homebound students to catch up on work remotely – they won’t be practicing taekwondo on a virtual mat, but could participate in math or reading lessons while away from school, for example.
“We don’t expect the shift to digital textbooks to be difficult as students today are very accustomed to the digital environment,” a ministry official said.
Technology and the Internet has revolutionized education all across the globe. While South Korea is the first to declare a country-wide plan to shift to digital textbooks, it shouldn’t come as surprise to see other countries follow suit seeing as digital content is slowly taking over traditional media.
The digital textbooks will contain the contents of ordinary textbooks and various reference resources such as multimedia and FAQs to help students understand the materials better. The government also wants to build a cloud computing system in all schools, so that users can access a database of all digital textbooks and choose what they want from their tablet PCs
It is not clear yet who will undertake the implementation of this project, but in some of the articles is a potential contractor is the company Samsung.

Source: The Chosunilbo

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ECTACO JetBook K-12

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ECTACO jetBook K-12. The worlds first educational eBook reader.

We are proud to announce our brand new jetBook K-12 eReader designed for use in an educational setting. Our vision is a classroom without heavy textbooks, huge backpacks and notes scattered all over the place. The K-12 is the result of months of research and development and a ton of feedback from some of our current clients in the educational field (yes you guys will be getting a free one when it comes out  )

Some of my favorite highlights: (Most programs are interactive with speech recognition!!)
-SAT prep courses.
-Speed Reading Program.
-Language teaching programs.
-Interactive periodic table of elements.
-Multiple calculators (Graphing, Accounting, Loan, Scientific).
-C-Pen OCR. Scanning and translating text. (Included)

Other great features:
-Support for almost any format including Adobe DRM.
-50 State reading list.
-Bio, Geo, Earth Sci, Math Reference guide.
-Language translation features.
-Much more than i can list here…

What will the K-12 cost?: We have not finalized the price.

What about the price justification?:
-SAT Preparation course= $600 – $1,100
-Speed reading = $40 – $80 for software.
-Text translator = For an accurate one $99 per language. (free online software is very inaccurate.)
-Language teaching with Speech recognition = $350
-C-pen Scanner. OCR = $150
-Graphing Calculator = $70 – $110
-Accounting Calculator = $70 – $100
-Oxford talking dictionary = $170 – $200
-Electronic Flash cards = $50 per language.
-eBook reader with multilingual and multi format support = $50
- Spanish and English Grammar Course = $80 – $150.
-There are many more programs and multiple languages but I think I proved my point at a minimum.

Total = $1,729 – $2,389. And this is an underestimation.

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ECTACO JetBook K-12

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ECTACO: Do kids like the jetBook Mini? Why don’t you ask them…

By Jerry Cimadomo.

I saw something quite amazing at the ITSE conference just recently and I wanted to share my experience. At this conference in Philadelphia PA tons of companies came to show off their technology for use in schools and other educational settings. There were tons of exhibitors with loads of software and hardware solutions to “help” students learn. I couldn’t help but notice the majority of the exhibitors were offering boring solutions which seemed to be geared towards teachers and not the students.

In the middle of my second day I noticed a crowd of students walking down our istle, without thought they ignored the $3000 interactive projectors, organizational software and even colorful interactive computer games. When they arrived at our booth they came to a screeching halt, I had to make sure we didn’t leave candy on the table! Each one of them grabbed for and started scrutinizing the vibrant jetBook Mini; intrigued they started asking questions about eReaders, how it worked and even where to get one. I quickly grabbed my camera to capture the moment. After a few minutes their chaperone was hurrying them along so they wouldn’t miss anything.

I feel like there is, and always has been, a big disconnect between students and teachers. The best teacher is one who can see through a student’s eyes and understands what’s interesting to them. Quite frankly, a task like reading is found to be boring my many younger students, and with high-tech items like 3D TV’s, video games and movies we can’t blame the students for being uninterested. The stimulation level is a mis-match, it’s like asking a person who just sky dived from several thousand feet to play a game of chess. Certainly they won’t find it as exhilarating.

Pairing cool technology like the jetBook to such a low-stimulus task like reading is the perfect way to elicit interest and learning. This acquisition of knowledge through reading is one of the building blocks to a better education and a successful life. As Harry Truman put it “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

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ITSE conference 2011 - JetBook Mini

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Dictionary ECTACO ML350 – Handheld Electronic Universal Translator

This multilingual translator contains everything you need to travel the world in
comfort and style. The extensive database includes over 4,000,000 words and
allows you to translate instantly between French, Russian, German, Spanish,
Italian, Finnish, Turkish, Polish, Czech and English. The confidence this will
give you in any situation is incredible and when combined with the more than 700
ready phrases for use in everyday and emergency phrases you’ll never be at a
loss for words no matter where you are. Accomplish all the tasks you have come
to expect from a top-of-the-line personal organizer. This device lets you keep
track of personal data, email addresses and telephone numbers with its unique
multilingual interface. A Bonus CD containing additional software for the above
languages is also included to expand and enhance functionality. Built-in MP3
player that supports background playback Supports. txt,. pdf and. jpg file
formats SD card slot Internal Li-ion polymer rechargeable battery – over 20
hours use per charge Includes Power adapter; USB 2.0 cable; Storage Pouch;
User’s Manual; Bonus CD

Translator ML350

Translator ML350

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ECTACO History

Established in 1990 (EUROPE in 1998 year) , over the past 20 years ECTACO, Inc. has grown into one of the most influential linguistic support developers, producers and designers in the world. Providing foreign language management solutions for personal and business use, ECTACO has received commissions and commendations from government and industry sources alike.

ECTACO Dictionary Partner P900.

ECTACO Dictionary Partner P900.

ECTACO remains at the forefront of innovation thanks to its extraordinary team of international managers, linguists, designers and programmers. This intellectual capital combined with a real commitment to customer needs and satisfaction has made ECTACO one of the most respected names in the industry. With its software division, LingvoSoft, the company also provides utilities and applications for the full range of computing devices currently available to consumers. The SpeechGuard division provides linguistic solutions to the Government, Military and Law Enforcement agencies, while the VoiceMethods division’s primary task is licensing the linguistic database for over a hundred language combinations as well as providing implementation support for ECTACO Multilingual Speech Recognition Engine (MSR), Text-to-Speech Technology (TTS) and Machine Translation Engine (MT)

ECTACO has now produced 9 generations of electronic dictionaries that provide instant and accurate translation between more than 50 of the world’s most popular languages with most featuring sophisticated voice capabilities. Creator of the Partner®, SpeechGuard®, Language Teacher®, and iTRAVL® range of devices, ECTACO has led the industry in originality and functionality for years.

Among the millions of people using our products daily we are proud to be helping students to improve their grades, businesspeople to be more successful, tourists to enjoy their holidays more, and immigrants to quickly fit in with their new environment. With the widest range of models available anywhere, users are always able to find something that suits their needs and fits their budget. ECTACO is constantly developing and customizing new models to meet the ever-changing demands of modern life and the evolving requirements of our customers.

In our effort to remain as responsive as possible, we not only maintain offices in countries around the world but have also created an extensive dealer network that allows other companies to enter into rewarding cooperation with ECTACO. This exclusive network provides independent retailers with a chance to extend the range of products and services they can offer their own clients while increasing their visibility. Those interested in learning more about this opportunity are invited to visit the Partnership section of http://www.ectaco.cz/ectaco_partnership/, or to contact the nearest ECTACO office.

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