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Color comes to E Ink screens, but not quite ready for prime time

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#1 OFFLINE   Nick


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Posted 09 November 2010 - 11:10 AM

"E-book readers are lightweight and use little power,
but most have a distinct disadvantage to colorful
tablet computers: their black-and-white displays."

From: The New York Times:

Today, at the FPD International 2010 trade show in Tokyo, a Chinese company will announce a color display using technology from E Ink, whose black-and-white displays are used in 90 percent of the world’s e-readers, including the Amazon Kindle, Sony Readers and the Nook from Barnes & Noble.

While Barnes & Noble recently announced a color Nook and the Apple iPad has a color screen, both devices use LCD, the technology found in televisions and monitors. The first color e-reader, from Hanvon Technology, based in Beijing, has an E Ink display.

“Color is the next logical step for E Ink,” said Vinita Jakhanwal, an analyst at iSuppli. “Every display you see, whether it’s a TV or a cellphone, is in color.” >>>

More @ The NewYorkTimes.com

View the new B&N 'Nook' w/color display here.


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#2 OFFLINE   bobukcat


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Posted 09 November 2010 - 12:50 PM

Interesting indeed. Sounds like the Mirasol display from Qualcomm will have some competition from E-ink. I could be wrong but I don't see either one of these displacing Black and White E-ink as the leader for dedicated readers for a few product generations when they can get the colors vibrant and more life-like.

For a look at the Mirasol display (that can do full motion video and supposedly beats E-ink on power consumption handily):


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