Someone needs to get hold of NEC, shake them liberally, and tell them not to bother putting their excellent A4-sized e-paper panels in rubbish ad campaign boards but into huge ebook readers instead. The company have unveiled their latest e-paper prototype, and the 8.27 x 11.69 inch panel – which has a whopping 1600 x 1200 resolution – is making us drool.
To be fair, the desktop-bound device is pretty cool in its own way. Intended to sit on the desks of financial wizards, the tablet uses a wireless connection to receive updates such as adverts and currency news. It’s also removable, so you can pick it up for easier reading.
So far there are only six prototypes in the world, but we’re guessing NEC won’t be satisfied with that. The e-paper has a 3 second refresh rate, and will hopefully be winging its way to ereaders soon; IREX already have a 10.2-inch (diagonal) ereader, the DR1000S, but that only runs at 1024 x 1280 resolution.