Tuesday, February 10, 2009

TOC: First Impressions, Espresso Book Machine 2.0

The O'Reilly Tools of Change conference got underway today in New York City. Organizers indicate that the program is sold out, with more than 1,000 people paying to attend. Initial impresions suggest that the move to New York City has attracted fewer content producters -- that is, publishers, seem largely absent. Or perhaps they are part of the legions staring into their laptops. Aren't conferences for, well, conferencing -- that is, talking face to face. 

The biggest splash so far is the presence of the second generation Expresso Book Machine. It's notably smaller than the previous generation, perhaps half the size, though it appears just as labor intensive to maintain (everytime we've stepped in to take a look, someone is bent over with their hands in the guts of the machine). 

Here's a first look: 

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