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.
在新的十年開始的時候，電子教育成為了全球的趨勢，許多發達國家已經將其整合進了自己的教育系統。為了跟香港特區政府的電子教育倡議相配合，應科院必須進入這個領域並解決隨之而來的技術挑戰。 在此專案中，應科院將交付下一代電子書技術，在電子書設備中包括了電子課本的閱讀/多媒體閱讀，並整合了教育和學習的功能。另一個創新則是智慧顯示系統，能夠提供類似電子墨水顯示的特性而只需要付出普通LCD顯示的價格。更進一步，應科院將主導電子課本的標準制定，從而使多種不同設備都可以訪問電子教學相關內容。 這個項目將產生長遠的影響，香港的學校系統將隨之進入移動電子教學的時代，香港所有的80多萬學生都將從中受益。另一方面，這個項目的成功也將為出版商提供新的商業模式，為降低課本費用提供潛在的可能。最終，應科院將定位自己作為香港電子教育的推動力量，並探索進入中國內地巨大市場的機會。