All Things Digital broke a story yesterday about Kakai, a quiet little tech start-up in Silicon Valley. According to ATD's sources, Kakai is planning to release an ereader for the academic market. I think there is a better than even chance that they're right.
According to their source, the ereader will have 2 screens and run Linux. I bet I can make at least 3 accurate predictions about this device.
- It's going to have 1 E-ink screen and 1 LCD screen,
- It's going to run Android,
- It will have a Marvell Armada CPU.
I'm making these predictions is that these 3 characteristics are shared by the Entourage Edge, Astri MyID, and the Spring Design Alex. Marvell assisted in the development each device. (Design assistance is one of their specialties.) Two of the devices have software that is specifically targeted for the education market, and the third also has software features that would let it be used as a digital textbook. I'm betting that the Kakai is also working with Marvell to develop their ereader.