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September 27, 2010

Liquidware unveils open source Ebook Reader development kit

Aims to support developers to build and deliver a functional Ebook reader

By CBR Staff Writer

Liquidware, a provider of open source hardware and software embedded systems, has unveiled its open source Ebook Reader development kit, which the company says is designed to promote rapid prototyping.

The company targets the device at embedded systems developers and contractors looking to build and deliver a functional Ebook reader whose underlying software can be modified and altered to provide additional features.

The EBook reader is modular in design and form factor, allowing engineers and programmers to mix and match screens and core components including the TI OMAP processor for either faster performance, longer battery life, or more storage, Liquidware said.

The new device will help in adding third party sensors and digital interfaces to change the way pages are turned, or books are loaded to provide a more enhanced user experience.

The new kit is designed to feature and entirely Open Source software stack, which means a Linux operating system optimized for embedded, low power, long battery life, running device drivers and libraries written by and for Open Source programmers and engineers.

The Open Source Ebook Reader kit provides full USB ports capable or running third party accessories like keyboards and mice, while providing a unified on-screen interface.

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Liquidware lead Product Developer Christopher Ladden said, this is an Ebook Reader designed for engineers, by engineers, who are increasingly called upon to deliver fully functional prototypes within a shorter period of time.

The company said, its Open Source Ebook Reader is available as a kit from www.liquidware.com, or fully assembled by any number of resellers and distributors.

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