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Kno Starts Shipping 14.1" Education Tablet

Kno Starts Shipping 14.1" Education Tablet

Will your Kno arrive in time for a Christmas unwrapping? Maybe! Kno, Inc. just announced that their educational tablet will start shipping this week, with some early arrivals also scheduled for this week. You had to order pretty early in order to have yours ship already, but at least the gears are now turning. The Kno is one of the most unique tablets on the market, but it's obviously designed for a different market segment. Those in the education field obviously have very different needs than typical consumers, and the 14.1" touch screen is proof that this is no ordinary tablet.

While loads of companies attempt to beat the iPad and Galaxy Tab at their own game, the Kno is blazing a different path. The Kno will be available in 2 different versions: a single and dual-screen model, costing $599 and $899, respectively. Even though the first ones are shipping out now, they're still "available in limited quantities" and can still only be ordered "by invitation only." Shipments to pre-order customers will be staggered over the next month and new customers interested in purchasing a Kno tablet can go to www.kno.com to complete a request for purchase form.

KNO BEGINS SHIPPING GROUNDBREAKING EDUCATIONAL TABLET FOR STUDENTS

The Company Reaches Major Milestone with First Customer Ship This Week

Santa Clara, California – December 21, 2010 – Kno, Inc., the new educational tablet that revolutionizes the way students learn, today announced it has begun shipping its highly anticipated product to pre-order customers. The first Kno tablets will begin arriving on doorsteps this week.

"Since launch, we have been encouraged by the positive response to Kno and we are excited to deliver the first units to our most passionate customers – students and educators," said Osman Rashid, CEO and Co-Founder of Kno, Inc. "Over the next month, we plan to deliver units to pre-order customers and work closely with them to ensure a great user experience."

Kno, short for knowledge, is a unique 14.1 touch-screen tablet that blends textbooks, course materials, note-taking, web access, educational applications, digital media, sharing and more into a more powerful and engaging educational experience. Kno also offers a digital bookstore, www.kno.com/store/books, which includes tens of thousands of textbooks from most of the major publishers, with new books being added regularly. Digital textbooks typically cost between 30 and 50 percent less than physical textbooks and the Kno pays for itself in 3 semesters with the money students save in textbook costs.

The Kno tablet is available as a single and dual 14.1 inch screen and costs $599 and $899, respectively. Currently, the Kno tablet is available in limited quantity and is now available by invitation only. Shipments to pre-order customers will be staggered over the next month and new customers interested in purchasing a Kno tablet can go to www.kno.com to complete a request for purchase form.

"Designing and developing the Kno has been a collaborative 18 month process with students, partners and publishers, and it's exciting to see our vision come to fruition," said Babur Habib, CTO and Co-Founder of Kno, Inc. "We look forward to hearing from our first customers and working with them to continue to innovate on the product."

About Kno, Inc.
Kno, Inc. is fundamentally changing the way students learn, by offering new ways to digitally consume, organize, create and share knowledge. Kno is a transformative tablet textbook that artfully blends the intuitive experience of the conventional textbook with a rich digital world of video, note taking, collaboration and more. Its open platform encourages publishers and developers to create and distribute innovative education applications and content. Osman Rashid, the co-founder of Chegg, and Babur Habib, a consumer electronics veteran, founded Kno, Inc. in May 2009. Kno has a world-class management team from Apple, Cisco, HP, Intel, TiVo, Chegg and Palm. The company has received funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Floodgate, First Round Capital, Ron Conway, Silicon Valley Bank and TriplePoint Capital and is based in Santa Clara, California. For more information go to www.kno.com. 

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This is really an insane device. Its expensive, maybe not so much for what you get, I mean dual 14 inch touch screens have to cost quite a bit. Would like to see someone's thoughts that got  a hands-on with the dual screen version.

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Bout time! Cant wait to see how durable it is for the average student?

In ten years this will probably be required school supplies across the nation! Made in china of course, yet the kids wont know what a Big Mac is:P

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