WikiReader Gets Updates To Touchscreen Keypad And More

Posted: Feb 9 2010, 7:00am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 7:24pm CDT, in News | Hot Gadgets

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Openmoko has announced the spring update for its interesting WikiReader device. The little gadget is a wireless device that allows you to peruse the three million searchable Wikipedia entries that are in English. The new update's most important feature is probably the improved on-screen keypad that makes finding entries on subjects easier to do.

The keypad now has animated key presses with floating keys sort of like the iPhone. Presumably, that means that when you press a key it gets larger than the others so you can tell at a glance if you hit the right key. The update also adds improvements to navigation.

The navigation improvements include more fluid scrolling and a new back feature to let the user return to the previously searched articles. The Spring 2010 update can be downloaded for free or users can order microSD cards that are preloaded with the updates for $29 for two. If you don’t own a WikiReader, you can purchase one for $99.

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