When you read an ebook on an ereader, smartphone, or tablet, you need one hand to hold the device and often, the other hand is required to control the device. Unless you have a dedicated stand for your device, and you want to leave both hands free, you have a problem. That’s where the wristphone Rufus Cuff may help.
The Rufus Cuff is a small smartphone designed to be strapped on a wrist. It is not smartwatch, but a much larger, more powerful, phone-like device. Rufus Labs calls the Rufus Cuff a Wrist Communicator, but in essence, it is a small Android phone that is always with you on your wrist.
The product is not available in stores yet, but some reporters have had an opportunity to test it. Engadget’s reporter wasn’t impressed. He didn’t like to wear a bulky electronic device on his wrist. The display quality, camera and overall features don’t match the features of ordinary smartphones.
Reading a whole book on Rufus Cuff’s low quality 3.2-inch screen may not be enjoyable, but reading a couple of minutes while waiting at a tube station or at a lobby of a bank is probably what we would do with it.
The Rufus Cuff runs on Android operating system, which means that plenty of applications is available for the device (all Android apps won’t run on the wristphone). Rufus Labs sees enterprises the primary market for the product. Hotels and restaurants, delivery and courier companies have already indicated interest in the product. The product is priced at $300 which is reasonable compared to, for instance, many smartwatches.
Here is a promo video of the wristphone by Rufus Labs:
Would you wear a wristphone? We wouldn’t – not yet. Wearable computing is taking its first baby steps. New concepts and new products are continuously tested. That’s how every new technology is being developed. It takes time and patience to get it right so that the mass market really wants it. Smartwatches, like the Apple Watch haven’t been able to break through to mass markets yet. The Rufus Cuff has some work to do before it can get even to that position.
Key features and technical specifications
3.2 inch TFT Touchscreen
TI Cortex A9 Processor
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Front-facing Video Camera
LED Alerts & Flash
Spill & Splash Resistant
Some book publishing professionals believe that the rapid rise of erotica was caused by popularity of ebooks and ereaders. If you wanted to read a book – absolutely any book – in a public place like subway, park or bus stop, no one could judge you because no one could see the cover of the book you were reading.
People are curious by nature. If we see someone holding a book and we are able to spot its cover, we definitely want to see what the book is about. That is exactly what people commuting on a subway do. Although they do it very discreetly, they are caught when they can’t help smiling at an obviously fake book cover.
Here is the funny video of reactions caused by book covers by The Chortle:
The original Kindle ereader had a six-inch greyscale display and Sony had really nice compact ereaders with five-inch screens. Today’s smartphones tend to have five-inch and larger screens. Additionally, smartphone displays have at least two times higher pixel density than ereaders. It is not surprising that book industry experts are saying that reading on mobile phones will be one of the strongest trends in the near future.
Which features are the key factors that affect the reading experience on a smartphone? Once you have identified them, you can pick up the perfect smartphone for you.
Kindle reading app
David Rothman has identified seven features that define the reading experience on a smartphone.
1. Screen quality. Numbers don’t tell the whole truth, you should always take a look at the display yourself – if possible, both indoors and outdoors.
2. Battery life.
3. Volume button position (often used for turning pages in reading apps).
4. Robustness of the phone.
5. Operating system version. The newer, the better, because all apps won’t run on old operating systems.
6. Storage capacity.
7. The amount of RAM memory.
Tips from our experience are that screen quality really is important. Make sure you are happy with it before buying. No matter how durable the glass on the display is, it breaks if it falls on concrete or bends in a pocket of tight jeans. Protective case may help. A smartphone that comes with a memory card slot solves storage problems. Memory card is a highly recommended feature on a phone.
Usually, factory installed applications on smartphones don’t include reading apps, so you have to install one. Here are a few popular choices:
Ideas Box is a practical educational solution for people who have had to leave everything behind and settle in refugee camps, or village schools with insufficient resources. The Ideas Box is a set of industrial strength large boxes that contain books, ereaders, tablets, a projector for movie presentations and a even a generator for producing electricity for the gadgets. The product that is already being used in Syria crisis and Africa is designed by Philip Starck
Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (Libraries Without Borders) was the organization that started the program. Others have joined in to help finance the production of boxes and transporting them to places where they are needed.
The Ideas Box consists of six strong boxes that contain:
– Books, ereaders, tablets.
– Information technology.
– Movie presentation facility.
– Management component.
– Tables and chairs.
– Room for a generator.
View a video where some of the gear included in the Ideas Box is shown in action, starting at 2:25 minute mark: