Openmoko just took a step toward globalizing its WikiReader with the addition of 14 new available languages. WikiReader owners now have the option of Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Norwegian, Greek, French, Finnish, Danish, Dutch, German, Spanish, Welsh, Russian and Hungarian language translation, a feature downloadable from the WikiReader website. Additionally, the device’s virtual keyboard will also update to reflect the respective languages.
The WikiReader, a pocket-sized electronic open-source encyclopedia, is AAA battery powered and does not require an internet connection in order to view its articles that are derived from Wikipedia, the massively popular online encyclopedia. Currently, it serves up more than three million articles.
In regards to the WikiReader, Openmoko said that its product was “created from the belief that people don’t go to Wikipedia because they want to be on the Internet,” but rather because they want to use a reliable resource for finding answers and information. Indeed, the company has made strides to do so after receiving a $1.2 million grant from the Stanton Foundation to reach out to academic experts in order to ensure article accuracy.
TabletPCReview is currently conducting a reader survey, and respondents will be entered in a random drawing to win an actual WikiReader.