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SAN FRANCISCO, California, September, 2010

Always Innovating today unveiled the Smart Book, a perfect all-in-one device, that works as a VoIP videophone, a multi-touch tablet, with an optional keyboard, thanks to an ingenious design. The Smart Book, previewed at DEMO'10, weighs three pounds, provides an outstanding battery life thanks to its three batteries, and can run multiple OS such as Ubuntu, ChromeOS or Android, side-by-side, without any performance loss.

"The Smart Book is perfect for these tough economic times because you can use it in so many ways." said Grégoire Gentil, founder of Always Innovating and creator of the Smart Book. "It's like an electronic Swiss knife. You can use it as a netbook computer, a hand-held video player, a PC dual screen, and above all, a VoIP Android videophone. This is the first time ever that you can have so many devices in so little volume for such an affordable price."

The Smart Book combines the best of open source software and open hardware. Based on the previous Touch Book, the design got tremendous improvements. The Tablet contains the VoIP videophone, and the keyboard houses the tiniest USB-to-HDMI adapter ever. "I was tired of all this hardware to carry, all these voice & data plans to pay... Now with only one device, I can place Skype video calls, I can extend my PC screen, I can watch Hulu videos in my sofa, I can work on my office documents. That makes me save time, money, and weight", said Gentil.

Like the Touch Book, the Smart Book is featuring an ARM processor from Texas Instruments, resulting in outstanding battery life, and a fan less, heat-and-noise-free system. It embeds an innovative power management system, allowing energy to be transferred from one battery to another. Moreover, the Smart Book comes with multiple and powerful OS, being able to run side-by-side, at the same time: by simply pressing the AI button on your Smart Book, switch instantly between Ubuntu, Android, and Chrome environment.

The Smart Book is expected to ship before the end of the 2010 and will range from $199 to $549. Advance orders can be placed at

About the Company
Founded by serial entrepreneur Grégoire Gentil, Always Innovating leverages the latest developments in open source technologies worldwide to create innovative products that solve real problems for consumers. The company is based in San Francisco, California.