Hardware companies require a good deal of funding to succeed, and I’m surprised it’s actually not more money. Hardware + software + content = a tough play. With so many text book publishers looking to get into this market themselves, I’m not sure that I’d make this bet without some serious content partnerships already in place. We’ll see how it works out for Andreessen Horowitz and the rest of the gang.
As TechCrunch put it, “Honestly? Two 14-inch displays? Tips the scales at 5 1/2 pounds? I honestly can say the Kno is the least appealing tablet-style device I’ve seen. I’m sorry, but the entire point of this form factor is portability and ease of use. How can you use it at all, when you’re too busy trying not to fall over from the weight? It’s supposed to replace your textbooks — I think it’s more likely to replace your desk.”
Although I don’t have a problem with the size and weight of my iPad, I’ve got friends who complain. And the Kno is double.
But the team is indeed impressive, and I’m much more excited about this product and platform for the education space than I am for some competitors out there, such as Blio, which has been “coming soon” for what seems like a very long time now…