20100701 - 20120630
There will be six deliverables in this project. They are listed as follows: * Hardware reference design of the next generation e-Book This hardware reference design would be based on an MID reference platform from prior projects, but with a more powerful processor. It is also equipped with sensor components, WiFi/3G connection, and most of the MID’s peripherals. * Android-based Interactive Teaching and Learning Platform The software platform for the e-Book device is based on the Android application framework. An Interactive Teaching and Learning Platform is developed on the device such that other customized teaching and learning applications can be built. The platform consists of commonly used modules in e-Learning systems, with an integrated interaction framework to offer enhanced user experience. * Intelligent e-Book Display Controller The intelligent e-Book display controller is a regular LCD panel equipped with LED back-lighting, sensors for the surrounding and reading status, as well as a software controller that automatically adjust the display for eye-comfortable reading. * DRM-enabled e-Book reader This e-Book reader is a mandatory application for the device, built on top of the Interactive Teaching and Learning Platform. The e-Reader will support most commonly used standard formats as well as an upcoming format meant for textbooks. It is also enabled by a DRM solution as well as content delivery method. * Forming of an e-Book for e-Learning alliance In this deliverable, an industrial alliance will be formed, in the form of an e-Book of e-Learning Special Interest Group (EESIG) under ASTRI’s Digital Living Consortium. The mission of EESIG is to lead the efforts of specifying the standards related to e-Book for e-Learning. During the project period, the group will release at least two versions o fthe standard. The initial version will cover the existing features that the publishers need in e-Textbooks, while the second version will incorporate many ingredients of teaching and learning, particularly assessments. * Patent applications At least four patents will be filed in this project to protect the intellectual properties. Potential areas include the e-Learning interaction model design and the intelligent e-Book display.
在新的十年开始的时候，电子教育成为了全球的趋势，许多发达国家已经将其整合进了自己的教育系统。为了跟香港特区政府的电子教育倡议相配合，应科院必须进入这个领域并解决随之而来的技术挑战。 在此专案中，应科院将交付下一代电子书技术，在电子书设备中包括了电子课本的阅读/多媒体阅读，并整合了教育和学习的功能。另一个创新则是智慧显示系统，能够提供类似电子墨水显示的特性而只需要付出普通LCD显示的价格。更进一步，应科院将主导电子课本的标準制定，从而使多种不同设备都可以访问电子教学相关内容。 这个项目将产生长远的影响，香港的学校系统将随之进入移动电子教学的时代，香港所有的80多万学生都将从中受益。另一方面，这个项目的成功也将为出版商提供新的商业模式，为降低课本费用提供潜在的可能。最终，应科院将定位自己作为香港电子教育的推动力量，并探索进入中国内地巨大市场的机会。