Qualcomm mirasol gaming ereader concept plus video demo

Chris Davies - Nov 19, 2009
Qualcomm mirasol gaming ereader concept plus video demo

Remember the Qualcomm mirasol ebook reader prototype we we exclusively showed you yesterday?  One thing we weren't allowed to photograph - something Qualcomm rectified today - was one of the more interesting attachments they envisage potentially figuring highly: a snap-on gaming controller.  The mirasol team won't confirm any OEM names, but using the low-power displays in gaming hardware looks to be another potential avenue.  Plus, after the cut, a video of the mirasol display in action.

Although the prototype ebook reader is currently only a non-functional mock-up - albeit one using a real 5.7-inch mirasol display - Qualcomm are hoping to stress that they don't see the display technology as being solely for e-readers.  Instead, given that it displays color and is capable of smooth video (as you can see in the video below, which shows a demo 2.2-inch panel at work), your ebook reader could just as easily serve as a mobile gaming handheld, with wireless connectivity for multiplayer titles and - keeping everything in the family - a Snapdragon chipset for the necessary grunt.

Of course, it's up to OEMs themselves to push out actual hardware, with the current attachment merely a proof of concept.  However Qualcomm's mirasol team did tell us yesterday that it wasn't just ebook readers that are on the cards: they're envisaging touchscreen tablet-style handhelds, UMPC-style computers and more.

Qualcomm 2.2-inch mirasol display:

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