ILiad

ILiad

Infobox Mobile phone
name = iRex iLiad


imagesize = 182
manufacturer = [http://www.irextechnologies.com iRex Technologies]
screen = 124×152 mm (W×H),
768×1024 pixels,
160 ppi density,
16-level grayscale
Electronic paper.
operatingsystem = Linux (2.4 kernel)
input = Wacom touchscreen,
Graphical user interface,
next/prev/quick access buttons.
cpu = 400MHz Intel XScale.
memory = 64 MB RAM,
256 MB (128 MB available) internal storage,
Expandable via USB, MMC or CF cards.
networks = MyiRex account
connectivity = WiFi 802.11g,
10/100 Mb/s Ethernet LAN (via travel hub),
USB port, audio jack.
battery = Lithium Ion battery.
size = 155x217x16 mm (WxHxD)
weight = 389 g (13.7 oz)
The iLiad is an electronic handheld device, or e-book device, which can be used for document reading and editing. Like the Sony Reader or Amazon Kindle, the iLiad makes use of an electronic paper display.

Description

Main specifications:
* an 8.1-inch (20.6 cm) electronic paper display, area for displaying content is 124x152mm
* a resolution of 768x1024 pixels (160 dpi)
* 16 levels of grayscale
* a USB connector for external storage,
* a CompactFlash Type II slot for memory extension or other applications
* a MultiMediaCard slot for MMC memory cards
* a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack for a headset
* WiFi 802.11g wireless LAN
* 10/100 Mbit/s wired LAN
* 390g weight
* 400MHz Intel XScale processor
* 64MB RAM
* 256MB internal flash memory (128 for user, 128 for system)
* Linux-based operating system (2.4 kernel)

It measures 155 mm × 216 mm × 16 mm (width × height × depth), the size of an A5 document, or roughly a 6"×9" steno notebook. The display used is an active matrix electrophoretic display, which uses E Ink display film manufactured by E Ink Corporation. Underneath the E-Ink screen is a digitizing tablet by Wacom which requires a stylus for input. It has the largest screen size of existing e-ink products.

The iLiad is capable of displaying document files in a number of formats, including PDF, Mobipocket, XHTML and plain text. It can also display JPG, BMP and PNG images, but not in color. As of May 3, 2007 Mobipocket is supported, making the mobipocket digital rights management (DRM) content available on this platform [http://www.irextechnologies.com/products/content/books] . iRex's product page for the iLiad states that "Support for additional E-book formats will become available over the coming months. [http://www.irextechnologies.com/products/content/books] "

Through its wireless service, iDS, the iLiad can also directly download content. Les Echos, a french financial newspaper, is distributed this way, and additional content is expected. Users can connect to their computer over a wireless network to sync new data onto the iLiad's internal memory or an inserted MMC, SD, or CF card. More wireless and network functions are to be delivered in upcoming firmware updates.

The distributor of the iLiad is iRex Technologies, a Philips spin-off company. It was initially advertised in December 2005, to be launched in April 2006, but was delayed until July, when it started to be sold as a beta product. It was released to the general public near the end of July, and since then has undergone considerable software revisions.

Its list price in Europe is €649, and in US $699.

Third-party development

Because of its open Linux operating system, the iLiad is able to run third party applications created for it. Developers and users wishing to create or run third party applications can request shell access from the manufacturer.

Developers have been able to improve on the device's functionality by porting viewers such as FBReader, and programs such as abiword and stardict. Full screen PDF reading is made available by community-supported iPDF releases. Programs for recreation, including audio playback, sudoku, and calendars, are rapidly growing community content available for use on the iLiad. Independent users have also reported successful porting of mobile web browsers to iLiad's Linux platform, although with limited functionality and many bugs.

Version 2

In September 2007, iRex Technologies released an update to the iLiad. While officially called "iLiad 2nd Edition", it is generally noted to be a minor update to the original.

The update includes:
* Redesigned backplane
* Increased battery capacity
* Software version 2.11
* Updated travel charger
* Included case

The 2.11 software, which contains stylus calibration, extended battery life, and other things, is also available to first-generation iLiads.

Book Edition

In May 2008, iRex Technologies added a third installment to the iLiad line of products, this time branded under the name iLiad Book Edition. Essentially, the Book Edition is the iLiad Version 2 with a new silver look and is noted to lack the WiFi component present in the original iLiad. The technical cutbacks place it at the $599 (euro 499) price point, which is $100 cheaper than the original. It also comes with 50 free Classics, including works from well-known writers Jules Verne, Charles Dickens, Lewis Caroll, and Leo Tolstoy.

ee also

*Dedicated e-book devices - similar devices

External links

* [http://www.irextechnologies.com/shop/products/iliad.htm The iLiad product page] containing a PDF specification
* [http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Iliad_Software List of third-party applications]
* [http://www.justread.de/shop/ German Reseller for the iLiad]
* [http://www.selexyz.nl Dutch reseller for the iLiad]
* [http://www.ebookreaders.nl/ Online dutch Reseller for the iLiad]
* [http://www.lesechos.fr/epaper/offre-irex.htm French newspaper Les Echos on the iLiad]
* [http://www.edupaper.nl Dutch specialist in e-Paper for education, training and knowledge management]
* [http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5582 A discussion thread containing large device images]
* [http://www.feedbooks.com/ Feedbooks: e-books and news for the iLiad]
* [http://manybooks.net manybooks.net - free iLiad formatted ebooks]
* [http://mgccl.com/2007/10/28/dream-reader-irex-iliad Dream reader: iRex iLiad] Some stats and photos of iRex iLiad. Include 11 photos of iLiad showing math formulas in the comment section.

References


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