Plastic Logic Introduces the Plastic Logic 100, Brings Innovation to the Future of Education in Russia

12 September 2011

Large, Thin, Lightweight Electronic Reading Device based on PlasticPaper™ Technology. New Device Now Available for Russian Schools to Order Through the Electronic Textbook Program.

Plastic Logic is announcing today the availability of the Plastic Logic 100 for Education, an electronic textbook designed with the needs of students and educators in mind. The device provides a more effective way for students to carry, access and review all their textbooks.

Plastic Logic CEO Indro Mukerjee officially debuted the electronic textbook at an event held at the Moscow Planetarium during a visit by British Trade Minister Lord Green. The event, organized by RUSNANO and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), highlighted Plastic Logic as an example of the joint technology cooperation between the UK and Russia.

The Plastic Logic 100, featuring an exceptional textbook-like and safe reading experience, allows for a backpack worth of textbooks to be ready and available at a student’s fingertips at anytime in an extremely lightweight package. For educators, the Plastic Logic 100 provides a simple, yet powerful tool capable of securely delivering an entire year’s worth of textbooks in one place without the risk of students not having what they need with them.

The Plastic Logic 100 has more advantages than both books and the LCD displays found in most eReader and tablet devices. Based on Plastic Logic’s groundbreaking work in organic electronics and nanotechnology, the device is the first in the world to feature PlasticPaper™ technology. Because the base is not glass, the Plastic Logic 100 display is large, thin, lightweight and is uniquely shatterproof and rugged — which is especially important given constant use by students.

 

Key Facts About the Plastic Logic 100 Electronic Textbook

  • Large 10.7” shatterproof display
  • Ultra-light (475 grams) and ultra-thin (7.65mm) device
  • Reads and looks like paper
  • Simple to use with fingertip touch control
  • Provides long battery life and content protection
  • Eliminates the need for heavy paper textbooks

 

Display Technology that is Safe for Children

The light, thin, large-format reader features a display that appears like hard-copy textbooks and comes with a simple user interface that makes for an ideal studying experience. Unlike traditional computer displays, based on backlit glass displays, the Plastic Logic 100 screen is glare free and can be read even in direct sunlight. Just like a regular schoolbook, the Plastic Logic 100 can be read for long periods of time without eye strain.

 

Design that is Rugged on the Outside and Easy to Use on the Inside.

The Plastic Logic 100 features a display that is shatterproof — unlike ordinary displays, which makes it ideal for heavy-duty daily use by students. The device is as easy to use as a book. Everything is controlled by a finger touch display. Tap on a textbook: It automatically opens to the page where you left off. Swipe your finger from right to left to turn the page.

The Plastic Logic 100 also has unique features designed to help students learn: For example, students can quickly underline and annotate a text — to help them easily recall important information. Have a question for the teacher or studying for a test: Use the virtual keyboard to make a note on a page. “Bookmark” a page for easy reference, or use the powerful search tool to find something in their textbooks.

 

Long Battery Life and Content Protection

The Plastic Logic 100 has exceptional battery life. Students will only need to recharge the device about once a week. Not only is the device easy for students to use, it is also very secure. Students cannot change, damage or delete their textbooks.

 

Now Available through Electronic Textbook Program

Plastic Logic is now prepared to take orders for its Plastic Logic 100 devices and to make units available to schools beginning later this month. Plastic Logic has been selected as one of the vendor candidates by the Federal Institute of Development of Education (FIRO) for participation in the electronic textbook program, which is now being prepared to roll out in selected Russian school regions.

Plastic Logic today presented 50 devices to educators who previously participated in the first teacher training at Kaliningrad Center of Informatization Institute of Education late last month, to allow them to experience the device firsthand. Plastic Logic also previewed its device at an exhibit at the Teachers Conference in Kaliningrad in August alongside other vendor participants in the program.

“The future of education is here today. We are proud to be part of the electronic textbook program and have received positive feedback from many school regions,” said Plastic Logic CEO Indro Mukerjee. “We look forward to working with Russian educators and selected schools regions in this innovative education program.”

For the education program, the Plastic Logic 100 electronic textbook will come equipped with more than 40 books covering the subject matter taught in grades 6 and 7, as agreed upon with education regions to meet their learning processes.

 

Product Pricing

The Plastic Logic 100 for Education is priced at 12,000 Russian Rubles.

 

Plastic Logic 100 Specifications

  • Display: Technology Plastic Logic PlasticPaper™.
  • Display finish: Shatterproof polymer, anti-glare, anti-fingerprint, hard coat.
  • Display size: 10.7” (27cm) diagonal.
  • Display Resolution: 1280 x 960 at 150ppi.
  • Form Factor: Tablet style.
  • Color and Finish: Front — Charcoal Grey with matte finish. Back — Black with soft touch finish for easy grip.
  • External dimensions: 216 x 280 x 7.65mm.
  • Weight: 475g.
  • Interface: Full screen capacitive touch.
  • CPU: 800Mhz.
  • Storage: 4GB internal.
  • Battery Life: Over a week of average student reading.
  • Connectivity: Micro-USB.
  • Operating System: WinCE.
  • Applications (on device): Home and Content Organizer, Reading and Annotating, Search, Cross document navigation.
  • Compliance: GOST-R, CE, RoHS, FCC, UL.

 

For more information about the Plastic Logic 100 electronic textbook, go to www.plasticlogic.comNew window.


Media Contacts:

Jury Armand
Mikhailov and Partners (for Plastic Logic ZAO)
Phone: +7 926 233 0242
E-mail: armand@m-p.ru

Betty Taylor
Krause Taylor Associates (for Plastic Logic worldwide)
Phone: +1 408–470–4859
E-mail: bettyt@krause-taylor.com

Plastic Logic ZAO Business Development Contact Only:

Alexander Kalinin
Business Development Manager, Plastic Logic Russia
E-mail: alexander.kalinin@plasticlogic.com

About Plastic Logic

Based on its revolutionary and proprietary organic electronics technology, Plastic Logic products and devices help individuals and businesses use information more effectively. The company’s first products utilize its groundbreaking flexible PlasticPaper displays. Founded by researchers from Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory, Plastic Logic has grown to establish research and development in Cambridge, United Kingdom; product development in Silicon Valley, California; manufacturing in Dresden, Germany; and has recently started the development of a second high-volume manufacturing facility in Zelenograd, Russia. The company is backed by leading venture sources in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including Oak Investment Partners, Amadeus Capital Partners, and RUSNANO.

Plastic Logic and PlasticPaper are trademarks of Plastic Logic Limited.

For more information on Plastic Logic, please go to www.plasticlogic.comNew window.