Kno, the academia-targeted tablet, has suffered a shipping delay that even seems to have the company baffled.
Being one of the first well-funded tablets targeted at an academic audience, the Kno was set to make a splash, offering users drastically lower prices for textbooks and a more intuitive way to consume content. However, the progress of this device has been hampered for an unknown reason, as a spokesperson from Kno announced an indefinite delay on all shipments of the device. What does this mean for the device in the future? If it does eventually hit market, will it be able to content with the likes of the Apple iPad and Motorola Xoom?
The Kno has an interesting form factor, allowing users to choose between a single 14.1-inch monitor or two folding screens of the same size. While this design might be utilitarian in approach, the show-stopper is certainly the drastically reduced price of content, notably textbooks. Traditionally, textbooks are one of the single largest expenses of the college experience, but the price point of the tablet (starting at $599) allows students to easily recoup their losses.
Boasting adequate technical specifications – an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip and 512MB of RAM – the device will run on a Linux kernel, eventually releasing an SDK to allow developers to support the device. This will allow for an expansive library of student-targeted software to enter the tablet market, a much needed addition.
As I myself am a student, I actually looking forward to seeing how a greater audience would perceive the Kno. If it receives an adequate amount of developer support, I’m sure that it’ll be a hit in the college market, being an affordable alternative to physical books.
Now that you are in the “Kno”, what do you think of the delay? Are you disappointed? If you are a student, were you looking forward to trying one out? Let us know in the comments below.