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Qualcomm mirasol gaming ereader concept plus video demo

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.

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Qualcomm mirasol color video ebook readers to ship in 2010

Qualcomm mirasol color video ebook readers to ship in 2010

Ebook readers are arguably coming of age, but don't assume e-ink - and the push to produce color e-ink panels - have won the game quite yet. SlashGear met up with Qualcomm's mirasol team today to discuss their latest display news, and while you might remember the technology from their early 1.1-inch single-color panels, they're now showing off a 5.7-inch display capable of full color and video playback, with minimal impact on battery life. They've set themselves the target of having color ebook readers with mirasol panels on the market by the latter part of 2010, and are working with OEMs now to achieve that.

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Freestyle Audio FA300 waterproof PMP with Mirasol display

Freestyle Audio FA300 waterproof PMP with Mirasol display

As well as the Skullcandy partnership, Qualcomm also had the latest Freestyle Audio PMP on show with their new color mirasol display.  The ruggedized audio player manufacturer first announced it would be using the 0.9-inch low-power display back in May; it now has a name - the Soundwave Ltd. Edition FA300 - and more specifications, including Bluetooth A2DP wireless stereo headphone support.

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Skullcandy MFM Pro headphones with integrated Mirasol PMP

Skullcandy MFM Pro headphones with integrated Mirasol PMP

Skullcandy has unveiled a set of combination headphones and PMP player, which is the first such device to include Qualcomm's innovative mirasol display technology.  The Skullcandy MFM Pro headphones have a slot-in PMP that can both be used with the over-the-ear headphones as well as any other sort of earbuds courtesy of the standard 3.5mm audio socket.  mirasol, meanwhile, uses the same concept that makes a butterfly's wings iridescent to create a color display with dramatically lowered power consumption.

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Qualcomm color mirasol display debuts in rugged PMP

Qualcomm color mirasol display debuts in rugged PMP

Qualcomm has announced the industry's first color IMOD displays, which will be used by Freestyle Audio for their latest rugged PMPs.  IMOD, which stands for Interferometric Modulation, is currently marketed under Qualcomm's mirasol brand; previously only bichrome displays using the technology were available, already being used in a number of cellphones.  The mirasol displays are similar to OLED, in that they require significantly less power than traditional LCDs, but use ambient light to illuminate the screen rather than a backlight. 

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