The Kno is a crazy ambitious tablet with twin 14 inch touchscreen displays. The device is aimed squarely at the education market, where it could replace textbooks, laptop computers, and paper notepads in one fell swoop. It’s not really meant to be a tablet for general consumers, and at 5.5 pounds, it’s not really in the same class as the Apple iPad or a typical netbook. But it sure does look cool.

If you were worried that the Kno, with its NVIDIA Tegra chipset, $1000 price tag, and twin IPS LCD displays was nothing more than vaporware, well it’s still not ready to go just yet. But the company behind the Kno tablet has announced that it’s raised $46 million in financing, which brings the total raised to $55 million. That should give Kno a pretty good head start on making its product real, and Kno says it’s due for release later this year.

This year. As in, by the end of 2010. Now if only the company could do something about that expected $1000 price tag.

via GigaOm

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4 replies on “Kno’s dual-display 14 inch tablet to ship by year’s end”

  1. If they make a single screen tablet pc for about $200, why not have two single screen tablet pc’s hooked together to make a more affordable double screen?

    It is cool looking but $1000 seems a bit high when tablet pc’s and convertable netbooks cost way less; IMO.

  2. with that kind of financing hardware would be no problem… its getting the rest of the education and publishing industry behind it that is crucial to Kno Inc.’s success… and that won’t be easy.

  3. Now… that’s a nice tablet but Monkeyking is right: the battery may be an issue.
    I would like to see something with 14 inch but with one display only. It’s a better size for some tasks: read big articles on the web or PDF’s; view big pictures with nice details; better to write on it with a stylus pen… etc.
    I think there is a market out there for that 🙂

  4. Twin IPS displays means it eats batteries to look that nice. But, I must say I like the idea of two big displays in the open-folio format. And, for a twin screen that looks really brite & sharp $1,000 seem decent…nobody else is the coffee house will have as BIG or as NICE of a tablet.

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