Amazon Kindle (Second-Generation)

Kindle 1 and Kindle 2 Available with TIS

We also have a first-generation Kindle.

Building on the success of the first-generation Amazon Kindle, this second-generation device vastly improves the user experience.  With longer battery life and more storage for e-books, the e-reader can last over a week without needing to be recharged.  The device is slimmer and more lightweight, as well; it’s easy to hold one-handed and weighs less than a pound.  The second-generation device also boasts a slicker display; navigation within the device is a breeze compared to the first-generation.

While it is still a gray-scale device, this second-generation device has 16 shades of gray, as opposed to the first-generation’s 4.  This allows for more seamless illustrations and shading, which eases eye strain and allows letters to appear crisper.

This device comes with a charging adapter and A/C plug.  To download books, you will have to associate an Amazon.com account with the device.  Before returning this device, we recommend disassociating your account; TIS is not responsible for charges to your account if someone else checks out the device and makes purchases with your login information.

 

As always, please review our Tech Library Checkout Policy.

 

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Tech Library Checkout Policy

A complete list of all devices that TIS offers for checkout can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE:  Because of high demand, we ask that you check out an item for your evaluation purposes and not for a family member or friend.

The TIS Team created the TIS Gadget Library as a resource that enables us to have a working knowledge of the technology that our Clients (students, staff/faculty and the general public) are using to electronically interact with UT’s libraries and the university in general.  This technology includes computers, smart phones, computer tablets, e-readers, digital video cameras, etc.

Items that make their way into the TIS Gadget Library have been identified as being heavily used in the current educational environment or have been identified by TIS as having promising potential.  The TIS team members apply their subject-area expertise to evaluate:

  • the technology behind how each item accesses and interacts with the libraries’ or university’s current electronic offerings,
  • the performance of the libraries’ and university’s current electronic offerings on these items, and
  • how can TIS optimally integrate these two points (to include updating existing or creating new electronic offerings).

Checkout Policy
Libraries’ staff may check out these devices for evaluation purposes.  The maximum checkout time is for seven days.   If you wish to check out an item, please send a note to Matthew Villalobos (matthewATaustin.utexas.edu) to inquire about availability.  We encourage you to experience how your Clients are accessing the services you provide.

We are not able to reserve an item for a specific time-frame but we offer a waiting list on which you may specify the item you wish to evaluate.

Disclosure
Some of these items must be personally customized by a user in order to evaluate them.  TIS does not offer any general account against which subscriptions or other pay-items may be charged.  TIS is not responsible for any personal data that is left on any of the devices once they are returned to TIS.  The policy of TIS is to reformat to “factory settings” every device when it is returned after evaluation.

Please see the University’s Acceptable Use policy for further details on the UT Libraries’ information technology resources.
(http://www.utexas.edu/cio/policies/pdfs/AUP.pdf)

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Because of high demand, we ask that you check out an item for your evaluation purposes and not for a family member or friend.


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3M MPro Pico Pocket Projector

The 3M Pico Pocket Projector does what it says: it’s a mobile presentation projector.  Plug the projector into your laptop’s VGA port (Mac users, you will probably need a DisplayPort-to-VGA connector), point it at the nearest wall, and project a movie, a presentation, or whatever suits your fancy.

The Pico Projector works best in darkened rooms, and has a fairly small projection distance.  However, it’s great for meetings or classroom presentations in places that don’t have a multimedia console.

This device comes with 1 VGA cable and 1 composite cable.  Batteries required.  Please read our equipment checkout policy before requesting this item.

 

As always, please review our Tech Library Checkout Policy.

 

Have you used this device? Leave a comment on your experience below!