By Simon Duddy
Hot on the heels of tablet PCs US firm Estari has launched a dual-screen notebook. Are we seeing the face (or two faces) of the future? Or is it a screen too far in these budget conscious days?
Estari, a digital document management solution software specialist, has brought a patented dual-screen laptop to market. The Estari's 2-VU product line will include an eBook, handheld, laptop and portable desktop models.The laptop version has two full-sized 15” screens and a Microsoft Windows XP operating system, giving the 2-VU all the features of a laptop, paired with a reading experience that is superior to that of a PC or a dedicated electronic reader. The 2-VU comes loaded with DocAble Organiser Professional, a digital document management software package that will organise and manage information in virtually any file format — whether the information is located on a single PC, network servers, the web or any removable media.“The 2-VU's two, portrait-mode, full-color screens allow the user to read and work in the format of the traditional book, which has proven to increase reading speed, comprehension and retention,” said Estari CEO Dr. George Crist. “This format for printed publications is widely accepted, based on a study of 30 centuries of graphic design and consumer testing. The 2-VU operates in the Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP environments and features the Adobe Acrobat Reader. This strategy avoids the problems of a proprietary, closed environment while maintaining the file integrity offered through these state-of-the-art digital rights management platforms.”Unlike electronic tablets, the 2-VU allows users to view two full-page files or documents simultaneously. Users can page through two books at once, or take handwritten notes in a notebook on one screen while paging through a book on the other screen.The dual-screen notebook is suited for legal professionals, who can access resource materials (in any file format) from a device so small it can be tucked under one arm. Students and academics can search for and use all of their information from one location. Whether they’re working with textbooks or formerly out-of-print classics, sound, video or spreadsheets, the 2-VU can do it all.Medical and research professionals need portability without sacrificing quality. The 2-VU provides the ability to view images and x-rays on one screen while reading documents or other images on the other. The 2-VU allows for the direct comparison of documents and images.