Artifact Details

Title

Amazon Kindle Project Fiona Prototype Unit

Catalog Number

102747839

Type

Physical object

Date

2006

Manufacturer

Amazon

Identifying Numbers

Other number Fiona P3 M003 On component side of printer circuit board

Dimensions

overall: 1 3/4 in x 6 1/2 in x 8 1/4 in

Description

The object has a label which says "LINUX development."

Category

Digital computer/personal computer/handheld

Curator Notes

Designed in 2005 at Amazon’s Silicon Valley R&D campus, Lab126, Inc., this was the first prototype for Project: Fiona, the internal codename for the original Kindle project. This donation includes several other prototypes, including un-used industrial design concepts, the final Kindle product design and cover, as well as designs for consumer packaging. When the first Kindle was introduced in 2007 at a price of $399, it sold out in less than a day and was subsequently out of stock for several months. By the end of 2013, 44 million Kindles had been sold.
The screen shows an image of M.C. Escher’s drawing “Ascending and Descending” and was last refreshed in 2005. Donor Gregg Zehr is President of Lab126.

Credit

Gift of Amazon

Lot Number

X7198.2014