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Microscope images of e-ink display show capsules

5330245840_1cbdf251c8_m.jpgMore images at Paolo Amoroso’s flickr site. Paolo took the images as part of testing two digital microscopes. You can find Paolo’s Nostromics website here.

I’s surprised at how irregular the capsules are. The images are from a Cybook Opus.


Video comparison of Mirasol display and Hanvon color e-ink display

Got the like from E-Ink-Info. We are all so used to the vibrant colors of an LCD display that I don’t think consumers are going to be wild over the muted colors displayed here. I doubt either one will make it big in the marketplace.


Pixel QI Technology at CES 2011 – Pixel QI vs. Amazon Kindle e-ink Comparison

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Squirreled away in hidden meeting rooms contained the executive layer of Pixel QI! It contained a very small meeting space that normally contained sales meetings between Pixel QI and companies looking to employ this new screen technology in tablets, laptops and computers. Someones cancellation was our good luck, as we got a first hand look at some of the new technology being employed in 5 inch, and 7 inch tablet devices. We even got a sweet comparison between the Amazon Kindle’s e-Ink and Pixel QI, to give a sense on how the resolution differs between the two units.

John Ryan, Chief Operating Officer of Pixel QI was gracious enough to give us a comprehensive overview of their humble origins in providing hardware for the “one laptop per child program.” The main premise was to provide a low cost unit that had high battery life, and functioned well in direct sunlight. He then showed us a few laptops that ran a Freescale CPU with a 3 cell battery that boasted a 10 hour battery. We saw some prototypes for a new 10.1 inch Tablet called “Accusee” that featured a Intel Atom N450 processor and a resolution of 1024X600. It had a sweet capacitive screen that came with a stylus and an ambient sensor that automatically switched to Pixel QI mode from normal LCD mode depending on your environmental light. The comparison John drew was using a cell phone at night in your room, and how it would illuminate the entire room when you used it. This new tablet took advantage of the darkness in the room and made sure the content on the screen would not be blinding.

Pixel QI and e-Ink technology are seen to be in strong competition with each other, while e-ink has been around for a bit longer then the new technology has, when we saw the side by side comparison with a new prototype new e-reader screen we really saw the difference and can see a strong future with e-readers utilizing QI screens. For example, one of the big reasons why we do not see video on e-readers is because of the redraw rate. This is quite evident in lower quality electronic readers that have a high degree of waiting time when you turn pages, activate menu functions or surf the internet. Each page you turn or new feature you load prompts the e-ink based device to redraw every line on the surface area. Pixel QI, because it is TFT-LCD based, but provides 16 shades of gray scale when switched into low back-lite mode. This is a tremendous advantage to Pixel QI that it basically emulates e-ink in terms of a weak LCD glare you receive and a super high degree of contrast on the text. Combined with the fact that you can play high resolution video while in the gray scale mode on the Pixel QI screen, we see a future where e-reader companies switch to this technology.

When we saw the side by side comparison of the Amazon Kindle and Pixel QI technology side by side, the differences where almost indistinguishable, and the text resolution actually had a higher degree of contrast on the Pixel QI prototype then the Kindle.

We ended the showcase looking at a few single pane screen prototypes, a 10.1 inch screen and a 5 inch screen that were less then 2mm thick, and provided such a high degree of color and contrast we envisioned this technology being used in smaller pocket sized tablets and smart phones. Make sure to check out our video of the comparisons and pictures of the technology below.

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New high-resolution e-ink screen shown

From E-Ink-Info.com:


Hanvon have announced a new 9.7″ e-reader, the WISEreader E920. They say that it is the first one to use a new E Ink display offering 200dpi – the highest resolution e-reader display yet. Check out this photo showing how the compares to a regular E Ink display


The e-ink has dried on Kindle lending whether authors like it or not, by Steven Lewis

images.jpegAmazon has turned on the Kindle book lending program, which allows book owner to “lend” books to anyone with an email address and a Kindle (or a Kindle app for another device). The conditions are that the loan offer email must be accepted within seven days. Once accepted, the loan lasts for 14 days. Presently only Kindle users resident in the US can initiate the loan. Residents of other countries can accept a loan provided the book is available on the Kindle in their country of residence.

Personally I have no problem with the lending feature as it stands but its birth is further evidence that Amazon’s terms and conditions aren’t worth the e-Ink they’re printed on. That is, they’re binding on a user but Amazon can change them on whim to suit itself.

As Chris Walters writes, the day before lending was turned on Amazon “quietly updated the terms and conditions for publishers who use its Digital Text Platform to publish to the Kindle Store. It added section 5.2.2, which explains how the Lending Program works.”

“Ah,” says someone at Amazon, “we want to have lending for the Kindle but our terms and conditions don’t allow it. What can we do?” He doesn’t have to scratch his beard for long. He simply opens Amazon’s terms and conditions document, bashes out a new section and hits “Publish”.

An approach that cavalier is alarming if you’re a user of the service because it means the ground can shift beneath your feet at any time. You could, for instance, find that all your titles are suddenly removed for a breach of the terms and conditions, some of which might not have been terms or conditions five minutes ago.

Under the now dry but still malleable e-Ink of section 5.2.2, authors and publishers who are on the 35% royalty scheme have the option to opt out of lending (all books are opted in by default). Authors and publishers on the 70% royalty scheme have no choice: this is just another condition of being in the 70% scheme. It’s a stark choice: accept it or scale back to 35%, losing half your revenue.

As I say, I have no problem with the lending feature as it stands but I question Amazon’s good faith. The terms and conditions were arbitrarily changed and they were changed to include all books unless the author/publisher opts out at a time when many publishers and authors would be on holiday.

This time it isn’t a big deal but what’s next? Will Amazon continue to feel free to add conditions to the 70% royalty option at will?


Reprinted, with permission, from Steven Lewis’ Kindle Writers blog


iRex Iliad e-ink e-book at CeBIT 2007

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E-ink technology is awesome and it is about to replace the whole printing industry. The quality of this e-book is the same as printed text on white paper. Just imagine one sheet of paper that can load any of the worlds books digitized by Google Books, from Blogs, from online newspapers, from Wikipedia articles and other articles generated from user generated text content, as well as forum posts and more. There just needs to be some automatic selection of daily content as well as more features which this actual first generation e-ink product is missing like resume from ram and flash, pre-processing pages for faster page loading, currently there is about a second delay for pages to load and a slight delay for the WACOM magnetic touch-screen technology. You can watch this video in HD quality at techvideoblog.com


Kobo eInk Ebook Reader Unboxing & Size Comparison With Paperback Book and Kindle DX

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Neerav Bhatt: journalist, blogger, photographer, travel writer. www.neeravbhatt.com Kobo eInk Ebook Reader Unboxing & Size Comparison With Paperback Book and Kindle DX eInk Ebook Reader


3D e-ink? Delta Electronics announce plans to make 3D screens for our ereaders soon

First we all wanted colour for our ereaders… and now 3D too?   Hmmmmm…..

Delta Electronics, a huge Chinese maker of all manner of display systems and lighting have just announced that they are well advanced with the design of a 3D e-ink technology, and intend to have it on the market some time in 2011.

I am slightly boggled out at this idea, and can’t quite see how it would benefit us as readers….   But I suppose for comics and magazines it could be fun.   Apparently they only have a couple more technical problems to solve, and then… Whoooosh… into production they will go.

Further, they have announced that they will also be bringing out an ereader (2D) before the end of this year, though no details are available about this one.  I assume it will be the platform that will ultimately be graced with the wonders of spectacles free 3D reading.

I wonder if this will actually happen?  Or will this be yet another bright idea that never reaches production?  Been so many of those in ereader land over the last couple of years.

Anyhow, if I hear anything more about this, I shall at once report on it to you.

Watch this space.