Saindo do nada, o Alex parece muito com o e-reader com Android da Barnes & Noble. Sua tela de e-ink mononcromático tem 6 polegadas — não é colorida, mas o Alex tem uma segunda tela LCD de 3,5 polegadas e sensível a toque para navegar na web.

As semelhanças são muitas… será que este é o dispositivo que a Barnes & Noble deve anunciar amanhã? A Spring Design diz que está "reunindo diversos parceiros de conteúdo, e planeja lançar o Alex para parceiros estratégicos até o fim do ano". Muito curioso.

Quanto às especificações, o Alex tem Wi-Fi e 3G, e deixa você salvar "Web grabs" no cartão SD removível. Ítens salvos também podem ser vistos na tela maior e preto-e-branco. E, pelo que parece, o sistema de "Link Notes" (anotações vinculadas) também permite anotar nos clippings com facilidade.

Este e-reader pode ser revolucionário. Fique ligado para mais detalhes. [Spring Design]

FREMONT, CA – OCTOBER 19, 2009– Spring Design today announced Alex™, the first e-book based on Google Android featuring full browser capabilities and patented dual screen interaction technology, the Duet Navigator™. The Alex livens up text with multimedia links, adding a new dimension to the reading experience and potentially creating a whole new industry for secondary publications that supplement and enhance original text. Alex’s dual-screen display design brings together the efficiency of reading on a monochrome EPD (electronic paper display) screen while dynamic hyperlinked multimedia information and third party input on its secondary color LCD screen, actually an integrated Android mobile device, opens a rich world of Internet content to support the text on the main screen.

Alex is the first Google Android-based e-book device to provide full Internet browsing over Wi-Fi or mobile networks such as 3G, EVDO/CDMA and GSM. With its dual-screen, multi-access capability, it provides the entire Web universe as a handy reference library, prompting users to delve into its vast information base to complement, clarify or enhance what they are reading. Alex is the first truly mobile wireless e-book device that gives users their own personalized library on the go, whenever and wherever they need it.

Spring Design pioneered its patented dual-screen device with ‘touch and extend’ capability in 2007, and has been working with major book stores, newspapers and publishers over the past two years to share its vision and the capabilities of the dual screen device. Alex brings together the efficiency of an EPD display with the responsiveness and richness of navigational convenience of the LCD screen. Its removable SD card gives users extensive storage, allowing them to expand their text with multimedia "add on" editions.

Ideal for professional, educational and entertainment markets, Alex dynamically transforms the reader’s experience with images, videos and notes inserted as ‘Web grabs’ or with custom text created by the user or other secondary authors pertaining to the subject being displayed. Users can create their own images and notes and capture them to augment the original text or just dynamically grab relevant content with Link Notes™, Alex’s innovative multimedia authoring tool to enhance multimedia publishing.

"This is the start of a whole new experience of reading content on e-books, potentially igniting a whole new industry in multimedia e-book publishing for secondary authors to create supplementary content that is hyper linked to the text. We are bringing life to books with audio, video, and annotations," said Dr. Priscilla Lu, CEO of Spring Design. "This gives readers the ability to fully leverage the resources on the Web, and the tools available in search engines to augment the reading experience."