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Qualcomm mirasol gets intelligent LED lighting; in ereaders this fall

Qualcomm mirasol gets intelligent LED lighting; in ereaders this fall

Adding illumination to e-paper screens seems pretty counter-intuitive - after all, what makes the display technology special is that it looks like paper and doesn't need backlighting - but that's just what Qualcomm has done with its latest mirasol prototype. It makes sense, too, The Digital Reader discovered when Qualcomm whipped out the ereader mock-up at CES On The Hill this week; rather than backlighting the display, the new mirasol model actually has an embedded front light.

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Disposable E-Paper on the Prototype Tip

Disposable E-Paper on the Prototype Tip

So you're totally tired of all the old ways. Books? Useless. You're not into the whole "retro" thing, and you want people to know that you're on the cutting edge. The technology edge. So what do you think that heavenly next thing is? How about some disposable e-paper? University of Cincinnati electrical engineering professor Andrew Steckl decided he wanted that too. So what did he do? He demonstrated that electrowetting works on a paper substrate just as well as it does on glass. What's that mean? It means there's going to be some e-paper on paper.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 17 2010

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 17 2010

Today we talk about, believe it or not, methane powered computers! Better hope you don't get too close to a heat source. Uh oh. Then there's a Berlin showing of some fantastic looking color e-paper, sponsored by Bridgestone, Epson, and Samsung, but made by an unknown producer. Then PALM throws down the gauntlet saying they'll reclaim their smartphone "birthright" soon, and BYD Alice Tegra 2 Froyo tablet wants a chomp of the tablet market too. All this and MORE on todays SlashGear Morning Wrap-up!

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Delta Vivitek 8.2-inch color eReader with China Mobile 3G tipped for Dec 2010

Delta Vivitek 8.2-inch color eReader with China Mobile 3G tipped for Dec 2010

A color e-paper wireless ereader is apparently on course for release in December, with sources in Delta Electronics' supply chain telling the Taipei Times that the company's 8.2-inch model will offer WiFi and 3G in a partnership with carrier China Mobile.  It's not the first time we've heard about a color Delta ereader, either; the company demonstrated a 13.3-inch prototype at Computex 2010 back in June, suggesting it would be commercially available by the end of the year.

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Sony flexible e-paper borrowed from E Ink; no plans to commercialize

Sony flexible e-paper borrowed from E Ink; no plans to commercialize

Further details about the flexible epaper display Sony demonstrated at their recent dealer convention have emerged, and there's good news and bad.  According to The Digital Reader's sources at the company, the monochrome panel wasn't an in-house creation but in fact loaned to them by E Ink (who supply Sony with the displays for their current Reader range).  Unfortunately, Sony claims to have no solid plans at present to actually use the E Ink screen in a commercial device.

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