Skiff eBook Reader- I want one of those
Usually my buddies are talking about girls or a half million pound concept car when they say something is sweet, but the other day, my friend actually made me turn around to check out laptop technology. To be honest, I didn’t really register that I wasn’t looking for a ride or a hot body – but as soon as I saw it, I knew what he was talking about.
And just like when I see the girl or the car, I saw the lightweight, full function, sheek style of the notebook in question and I thought “I have to get me some of that.” Seriously, I’m not talking about some clunky visual drive, USB studded, heavy weight has been. I was looking at a chic machine that was taking design solutions to the limits. I’m telling you, designs from previous years look ancient to me now. I don’t know if I can ever forget it. When I pulled my Acer Aspire One out later, it was like our magic had just… disappeared.
Still, my netbook didn’t respond jealously as I started looking for my new dream computer. At first, I thought it might be hiding this new sexy machine from me out of some sort of electronic jealousy but soon I started to think I had only imagined what we had seen. I called a friend of mine who writes about high tech in Silicon Valley. I knew that if anyone could tell me whether what I had seen was real, it was her.
At first, she laughed about my obsessive enthusiasm, but soon, she stopped laughing and when I paused, she spoke a very cautious “Ummm.”
“Yeah,” I asked, “ Do you know it? Do you know where I can get it?”
“Well, that’s the thing. You can’t get it. You saw a prototype of a dead product. It’s not available for the public.”
It was like I’d just found out the girl of my dreams was married to Wayne Rooney.
“Oh, and one more thing, it’s not a laptop. It’s called the Skiff e-reader and it was a concept, but now, it’s not going to happen.”
Oh, the agony! Now, not only was dream girl married to Rooney, but she wasn’t even a girl and she was also dead!
So, what was it? The Skiff e-Reader was a tablet like design for reading newspapers, books, and magazines. It was bigger, flatter, and had better resolution than the Kindle or iPad. The screen was made of a metal material which allowed for thinner design and more flexibility. In short, it was beautiful.
As a concept it failed despite it’s massive resolution, futuristic styling, and amazing design. People just thought it was weird. Since the design was never brought to market, that’s really all I can tell you. All I know is, I’m not giving up. I’m still hoping I can find that lucky geek who had it and buy it (or steal it) from him.