by Rick Smith (June 3, 2001)
The Franklin eBookMan provides one of the largest viewing areas (240x200) of any currently shipping PDA sized device. This large display can also be switched to landscape mode, so that the displayed information can more easily be read. While the eBookMan works very well as an electronic book reader, the eBookMan also:
Doubles as an audio book player
Plays MP3 files
Performs organizer functions (date book, address book, to do list)
Uses Natural Handwriting recognition ( no Graffiti)
Available in three models, the Franklin eBookMan interfaces to the host PC via USB or optional serial connection. Storage memory can be expanded up to 64 MB using a MultiMediaCard device.
Models of the eBookMan start at $129.95 for an 8 MB unit. For $179.95, backlighting is added and the top of the line costs $229.95. It features a larger 16 MB of memory and a backlit screen.
All units use the Franklin operating system, which can be upgraded in the future using downloads from the Internet. eBookMan's proprietary, 32 bit microprocessor is patented and runs at 24 MHz. This processor also:
features a hardware multiply for faster calculations
easily interfaces to RAM, ROM and flash memory
provides a real time clock
has a built-in LCD interface with touchscreen support
includes a stereo audio module
This level of integration makes the eBookMan run longer on batteries. eBookMan docks to your system via USB or optional serial adapter and is currently shipping.
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