Chegg founder, Osman Raid, has been working on the stealth product for awhile, and today it is available for purchase, the Kno. Osman is a serial entrepreneur who has already left a strong impact on the world of education, as the founding CEO of Chegg. Chegg is the innovative textbook rental company that has saved more than $200 million dollars for millions of college students at practically every campus in the U.S. Like most successful businesses, Chegg sprung out of a deep-seated passion; Osman never forgot that the cost of textbooks was a crushing burden when he was in college, and he wanted to solve that problem for others by creating a bold new model.
The Kno is Osman’s answer to cheap textbooks – a dual screen tablet device, that allows you to read etextbooks, highlight passages and of course browse the web, research online and study (unfortunately). The Kno also includes a pen like stylus for natural writing of notes which can be easily saved:
The main concept behind the Kno is to have everything in one place: your laptop, web browser, notebooks, calender, textbooks – any time, any where, and all automatically backed up. How much will all this capability cost you? It is believed the Kno will start at $899 for its dual 14.1 inch screens, for comparison the iPad has a 9.7 inch screen, while a single screen version will be available for $599.
Kno has partnered with four major textbook publishers including Pearson and Wiley which give it an extensive catalog of etextbooks that will either allow a Kno user a textbook rental, or purchasing an etextbook outright to keep forever. Kno claims with digital textbooks costing 30-50% less than physical textbooks it will pay for itself in 3 semesters by saving college students lots of cash in textbook costs.
Currently the Kno is available in very limited quantities by invitation only currently, though according the website they hope to begin shipping initial product very soon.