The Ectaco jetBook Color Receives a Significant Firmware Update Driven By Customer Feedback and Reviews
July 30, 2012 - Long Island City, NY (PRWEB)
Ectaco,Inc., the world leader in educational eReader and linguistic technology has released a major update for the jetBook Color eBook reader. This update injects the jetBook Color with more features, functions and optimizations.
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Completely unique, the jetBook Color is the only eReader in the world specifically designed for use in the educational market and is the first device in mass production using the eye-friendly color E Ink screen. Packed with over 35 applications (programs) for learning and freedom to download eTextbooks from almost anywhere, the jetBook Color is already a must-have for schools looking to save money by offering affordable tools and textbook material. An interactive SAT preparation course, complete language teaching program, talking dictionaries, language translators, a graphing calculator and math/science reference guides are just a few things included on the device. A full description of the jetBook Color can be found on http://www.jetbookcolor.com
Educators crave autonomy of content and the jetBook Color delivers in a big way. The newly added Atom Pub feature allows a teacher to share class material with a student instantly via Wi-Fi. All class documents can be placed on the school server for easy access allowing books to be organized any way the educator sees fit like by course or grade level. Students can then select their classes or grade and download all the books instantly to their jetBook Color.
Also, the jetBook Color is fully compatible with the C-Pen scanner, a handheld tool which allows you to scan printed material and have it read aloud to you, translated to a different language, or even uploaded and stored on the jetBook Color. Users will also find a landscape mode, a 'clear all' button for in-book annotations and even a key-lock feature. A quick switch feature will allow the customer to easily navigate between two texts they are reading simultaneously. The interface of the jetBook Color can be viewed in one of 17 different languages, this is huge for international students and educators.
Numerous agencies have seen the product in action including the Department of Defense Educational Activity, United States Military, United States Air force, as well as hundreds of schools and universities all over the globe.
The needs of students and teachers are ever-changing; as such the jetBook Color will receive multiple firmware revisions/updates in the months to come. All of these updates are available online and no additional cost to the customer.
"The customers always provide invaluable feedback which we often use in development", states David Lubinitsky, CEO, Ectaco,Inc. when asked about the consumers role in this update. "The education of America's youth is at stake here, paying extreme attention to detail is a priority with the jetBook Color"
Ectaco jetBook Color Gets Custom Fitted for the Department of Defense
April 03, 2012 - Long Island City, NY (PRWEB)
The most secure eBook Reader developed exclusively for government entities.
Ectaco, Inc., the world leader in portable translation technology, has tailored its education oriented jetBook Color with exceptional security features for the Department of Defense. These features are designed to eliminate access to the device by anyone other than the specified user, and promote a complete standalone unit safe for travel and use within the DoD.
The jetBook Color is the only touchscreen Color E Ink eBook Reader in the world. It's also the only one that promotes the idea of "healthy reading" by using ambient light to produce color. The most important part of the DoD project was to customize the security features making the unit completely impenetrable by third party access and applications. By eliminating the WiFi option, microphone, and a few other features, the device becomes solely accessible by the user only. An additional partition was added as a security measure that disallows the transfer of any documents on the jetBook Color to any other device - meaning that anything on the unit cannot be taken off the unit unless deleted. This ensures that confidential documents stay in their rightful place. The features added were based on special request as the iPad and other Android devices were not capable of providing such safety measures.
The Department of Defense has a reputation of being at the forefront of safety and security. By using the jetBook Color in their divisions they'll continue the trend. Instead of lugging important paper documents, personnel can be equipped with units weighing just 1 pound and capable of storing every document needed - securely. Users will also have the ability of using the jetBook Color as a notebook where they can freely write on the screen using a supplied stylus that fits into the device. This methodology eliminates the loss of vital notes and paperwork.
"With the products we developed specifically for the Department of Defense in the past, it was inevitable to introduce our newest jetBook Color", states David Lubinitsky, CEO, Ectaco, Inc. "The added security features make this the only device safe and protected enough to be used by the DoD."
Contact Greg Stetson at email@example.com or 718-728-6110 for further information. Ectaco's GSA Contract Number is: GS-35F-0218R
Ectaco jetBook Color Educational eBook Reader gets deployed to Brooklyn Technical High School
March 21, 2012 - New York, NY
ECTACO, Inc. and E Ink Holdings partner to bridge the gap between students and eTextbooks with the jetBook Color, the only color E Ink educational eBook system developed specifically for schools. This new device is now being implemented into New York City's largest high school - Brooklyn Technical High School.
ECTACO, the preeminent handheld language translation company, has developed and distributed devices and linguistic software in over 200 languages since 1990. E Ink Holdings is the world's largest supplier electronic paper displays. A natural union of both companies occurred when ECTACO developed a dedicated eBook reader - ECTACO jetBook Color - which carries the highly regarded concept of "healthy reading" and features an E Ink Triton color ePaper display.
The jetBook Color was conceived by ECTACO to provide schools with benefits that cut costs and increases student productivity. In addition to being the only touchscreen color E Ink eReader in the world, it's preloaded with many academic tools and resources such as talking dictionaries and SAT prep courses; Math, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, and Biology references; graphing, accounting, and scientific calculators; multilingual talking translators; fluent Text To Speech for all books - a useful feature for students with dyslexia - and more. Most significantly, it enables schools to add their own content in a multitude of formats at no additional cost. This means that every eTextbook purchased can instantly be loaded to the jetBook Color, along with any notes, homework, and other reading materials. The revolutionary color ePaper display delivers a high-contrast, sunlight readable, low-power performance that further closes the digital divide between paper and electronic displays. This is the only eye friendly type of display developed exclusively for the education community.
Brooklyn Technical High School has a reputation of being at the forefront of progressive education. By using the jetBook Color in their classrooms they've continued the trend. Instead of lugging around suitcases of books, students will be equipped with units weighing just 1 pound and capable of storing every textbook for every class and more. Students will also have the ability of using the jetBook Color as a notebook where they can freely write on the screen using a supplied stylus that fits into the device. This methodology eliminates textbook defacement and allows students to study how they want without the fear of ruining or losing textbooks.
"With the tremendous success we've had in schools across Europe using the jetBook Color, we're glad we can do the same thing here in New York City", states David Lubinitsky, CEO, Ectaco, Inc. "And with Brooklyn Tech picking up the device we look forward to even more schools following the trend in making both student and teacher life easier and more successful."
Contact Greg Stetson at Greg@ectaco.com or 718-728-6110 for more information.
One small step for schools, one giant leap for education
February 15, 2012 - New York, NY
AMSCO School Publications, Inc. and ECTACO, Inc. partner to finally bridge the gap between students and eTextbooks with the jetBook Color, the only color E Ink educational eBook system developed specifically for schools.
For over 70 years AMSCO has contributed to educating millions of people with their textbooks. ECTACO, known as the preeminent handheld language source, has developed and distributed devices and linguistic software in over 200 languages since 1990. A natural union of both companies occurred when ECTACO developed a dedicated eBook reader - ECTACO jetBook Color - which carries the highly regarded concept of "healthy reading".
The jetBook Color was conceived by ECTACO to provide schools with benefits that cut costs and increase student productivity. Alongside being the only touchscreen color E Ink eReader in the world, it's preloaded with many academic tools and resources such as the talking dictionaries and SAT prep courses; Math, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, and Biology references; graphing, accounting, and scientific calculators; multilingual talking translators; fluent Text To Speech for all books - a useful feature for students with dyslexia and more. Most significantly, it enables schools to add their own content in a multitude of formats at no additional cost. This means that every eTextbook purchased can instantly be loaded to the jetBook Color, along with any notes, homework, and other reading materials as well. The revolutionary color ePaper display delivers a high-contrast, sunlight readable, low-power performance that further closes the digital divide between paper and electronic displays. This is the only eye friendly type of display developed exclusively for the education community.
Many schools eager to procure the jetBook Color have discovered their current textbooks are not made available to them in digital format by their publishers. As a result, they have sought alternative publications that could be implemented into jetBook Color. AMSCO has recognized this dilemma and been considerate in uniting with ECTACO to address the needs of many schools nationwide. All AMSCO titles are now available for schools to review, purchase, and download through their jetBook Color "textbook console". "Schools continued to ask us about which publishers we were aware of that could provide them with PDFs or ePUB or other formats compatible with their curriculums", states David Lubinitsky, CEO, Ectaco, Inc. "Amongst all the publishers we reached out to, AMSCO stepped to the forefront of addressing the needs of those schools expeditiously - our orders have increased significantly as a result of this union and we look forward to convince educators to use AMSCO content on a larger scale."
AMSCO is dedicated to providing high quality, inexpensive textbooks and support materials to the educational community. Their course texts, review, and test prep books reflect national and state standards for curriculum and assessment.
ECTACO, Inc., is a New York based company specializing in multilingual global communications, with more than 21 years of experience, 18 offices and millions of satisfied customers.
ECTACO jetBook Color at CES 2012
This was the best CES show we ever attended! Press, cameras, interviews and everything in between manifested our booth for 4 days straight with "Ooohs" and "Ahhhs" all around.
FoxNews on jetBook Color at CES-2012
The majority of experts, such as contributors to FoxNews, PCMAG, Engadget, The Verge, Slash Gear and many other respected high tech online sources, gave the device positive reviews. Among other features, color E Ink display, the 10,000 age turn battery life, usability, linguistic applications and other educational software were particularly praised.
BrandLinder on jetBook Color at CES-2012
At CES we informed our visitors not only about the technical features of jetBook Color, which is available to order, but also about the educational project in Russia, where the devices are intended to replace paper textbooks in the long run.
Engadget on jetBook Color at CES-2012
Below are links of some of the most popular publications on the event:
You walk into a classroom, sit in the same wooden chair as so many others do on a daily basis and prepare to learn. But this time you don't have that 5 pound dumbell of a book to carry around, instead it's been replaced with the jetBook Color. This is the new 21st century classroom that we've dreamed of as children, and now it's being implemented in schools all across Russia. We've just received new photos from classes ranging between 6th to 10th grade and are extremely excited about the positive response from students. With a jetBook Color on every student's desk we will continue to offer a one of a kind product oriented towards education to help students succeed in and out of the classroom. Here are the amazing photos and a video below
ECTACO Honored with the Prestigious CES Innovation Award for the jetBook Color Educational eBook System
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Long Island City, New York - November 8, 2011 - Ectaco, Inc., the world leader in portable language learning and translation technology have been decorated with the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show Innovation Award for their jetBook Color Educational eBook System. This is the 3rd CES Award received by the company, but by far the most exciting.
The 9.7'' screen jetBook Color is the world's first to utilize eye-friendly Triton E Ink technology in an eBook Reader oriented solely towards education. Every unit has an individual connection to a Teacher's Console where teachers can restrict the download of any programs or content that is not related to the class, send students grades, exams, homework, and messages with the students being able to submit all those options as well. The main screen serves as an ID card for the student displaying a schedule of classes (updated daily via Wi-Fi or 3G), list of student's and teacher's notes, homework and classwork, and a designated channel for instant communication with any teacher. Along with the most sophisticated and functional eBook Reader software, the jetBook Color features the content of a 50-state reading list, teacher and school administrator resources, and a fully interactive SAT course that will train, test, and raise students' SAT scores. A Speed Reading course that will teach students to read and comprehend text faster, Translating Dictionaries narrated by professional linguists, course of English and foreign language grammar, speech recognition and speech analysis Language Teacher and U-Learn courses that teach any of the 52 available languages and provide great support to ESL students. Pictured dictionaries for 36 languages, cross translator for 180 languages, Vocabulary Builder, Linguistic Crosswords, reference materials in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Earth Science, Interactive Periodic Table of Elements, graphing and scientific calculators and more.
"This is the most advanced and user friendly device we've ever created for educational institutions" asserts David Lubinitsky, CEO of Ectaco Inc., "Our direct experience with so many schools gave us the edge to interact on a personal basis with teachers to discuss what they want to see in a device like this for the classroom. That was the birth of the jetBook Color."
The jetBook Color will be presented in Las Vegas at the 2012 CES Show (Booth #36180) with an award recognition presentation on January 10th at 12:15 p.m. in the Venetian Ballroom A-D. Ectaco currently works with educational institutions worldwide and is looking forward to the jetBook Color becoming a standard in schools across the globe.
Title: Do kids like the jetBook Mini: why don't you ask them?
By Jerry Cimadomo
I saw something quite amazing at the ITSE conference just recently and I wanted to share my experience. At this conference in Philadelphia, PA tons of companies came to show off their technology for use in schools and other educational settings. There were lots of exhibitors with loads of software and hardware solutions to "help" students learn. I couldn't help but notice the majority of the exhibitors were offering boring solutions which seemed to be geared towards teachers and not the students.
In the middle of my second day I noticed a crowd of students walking down our istle, without thought they ignored the $3,000 interactive projectors, organizational software and even colorful interactive computer games. When they arrived at our booth they came to a screeching halt, I had to make sure we didn't leave candy on the table! Each one of them grabbed for and started scrutinizing the vibrant jetBook Mini; intrigued they started asking questions about eReaders, how it worked and even where to get one. I quickly grabbed my camera to capture the moment. After a few minutes their chaperone was hurrying them along so they wouldn't miss anything.
I feel like there is, and always has been, a big disconnect between students and teachers. The best teacher is one who can see through a student's eyes and understands what's interesting to them. Quite frankly, a task like reading is found to be boring my many younger students, and with high-tech items like 3D TV's, video games and movies we can't blame the students for being uninterested. The stimulation level is a mis-match, it's like asking a person who just sky dived from several thousand feet to play a game of chess. Certainly they won't find it as exhilarating.
Pairing cool technology like the jetBook to such a low-stimulus task like reading is the perfect way to elicit interest and learning. This acquisition of knowledge through reading is one of the building blocks to a better education and a successful life. As Harry Truman put it "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers."