I first covered the Quokkapad several weeks ago, but that post was rather thin on information. Since then I've been exchanging emails with Ubiq Technologies, and I've learned a few details that I'd like to share. Also, something about the Quokkapad has caught my attention. I'm not sure why, but I keep coming back to look at it.
The Quokkapad is a Linux tablet with an 8" LCD touchscreen, Wifi, and USB host. It's Australia first native ebook reader, and its hardware design is the result of several years of trials at schools, universities, and public libraries in both Australia and the USA. It's intended to be a tool for organizations to distribute their content to mobile workers and students.
They've confirmed an 8 hour battery life after several weeks of constant use. The projected release date is the end of February, and the retail is expected to be $400 (US) and $450 (AUS). Here are the specs:
- 400 MHz MIPS CPU
- 256MB RAM
- 512MB Flash
- 8" touchscreen LCD
- 800x600 resolution
- SDHC card slot
- USB host
- Wifi (g)
- web browser
- email client
- support for common Linux software
I think that last point is the most important. Ubis is going to keep the Quokkapad platform open for independent development. I don't mean open as in Irex's "guess what code we're running", I mean that Ubis knows that the success of the Quokkapad is dependent on community involvement.