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Sony tipped to be considering an “all e-ink” smartwatch

Sony tipped to be considering an “all e-ink” smartwatch

Smartwatches might be useful, at least to some, but their battery lives are nothing to write home about, given the available space you can cram a battery into. Some smartwatch makes, most notably Pebble, have opted to stay with the colorless but more power-efficient e-ink types of display. Based on an insider source, Sony might be eying something similar too, but with an intriguing twist. It won't just be the watch face that will be using e-ink, but the whole wrist band itself as well.

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Mirasol production doused as Qualcomm chases licensing instead

Mirasol production doused as Qualcomm chases licensing instead

Qualcomm has quietly confirmed that it is backing out of mirasol display production, instead looking to license the color e-paper technology amid struggles to mass-produce the screens. The news was announced by Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs as part of the company's financial results call last week, and described as being a strategy to "better align our updated roadmap with the addressable opportunities."

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Ricoh color e-paper display promises 2.5x brightness

Ricoh color e-paper display promises 2.5x brightness

Ricoh has revealed a new color e-paper technology that, the company reckons, offers 4x the color range of existing systems, along with 2.5x the white reflectivity brightness for cleaner text and images. On show at SID 2011 this week, the new display uses a lamination electrochromic method of production which forms separate cyan, magenta and yellow organic layers between two substrates.

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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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Apple hybrid e-paper/LCD display plans tipped in new patent application

Apple hybrid e-paper/LCD display plans tipped in new patent application

Talk of an e-paper based iPad has rumbled around since the reveal of the first-gen model, but so far Apple has proved unwilling to move beyond its multi-purpose IPS LCD display and consider either monochrome or color e-ink panels. According to a freshly published patent application by the company, however, they've at least given thought to the merits of electronic paper; in a submission titled "Systems and Methods for Switching Between an Electronic Paper Display and a Video Display" Apple describes a layered display sandwich which would combine traditional LCD and e-paper screens.

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Samsung’s Liquavista buy-out official: color video e-paper and more in pipeline

Samsung’s Liquavista buy-out official: color video e-paper and more in pipeline

Liquavista has confirmed that it has been acquired by Samsung, as was reported earlier this week, with the electrowetting display specialists now a fully-owned affiliate. According to Samsung's press release, it will use the electrowetting tech to produce devices - presumably including ereaders and tablets - that can support color video playback with e-paper displays. Meanwhile, future applications include transparent, transmissive and transflective displays.

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Samsung reportedly buys Liquavista e-paper specialists [Updated]

Samsung reportedly buys Liquavista e-paper specialists [Updated]

Samsung has reportedly bought Liquavista, the electrowetting screen specialists whose e-paper displays were poised to take on E Ink and mirasol. Neither company has confirmed the deal, but a translated Dutch job listing suggests that "the organization has a new Liquavista division of Samsung."

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iriver Story HD boasts highest resolution 6-inch ereader screen

iriver Story HD boasts highest resolution 6-inch ereader screen

With tablets monopolizing the market and consumer mindshare, many ereader manufacturers are turning to color displays in order to compete. iriver has different ideas: the iriver Story HD is being billed as the world's highest resolution 6-inch ebook reader, thanks to a new XGA e-paper panel from LG Display.

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Sony dismiss iPad-rival color Reader tablet plans

Sony dismiss iPad-rival color Reader tablet plans

Sony has again dismissed speculation that they are planning a color ereader tablet to directly take on the iPad, with deputy president of the digital reading division, Fujio Noguchi, telling Tech-On that the company's range is still resolutely focused on ebook consumption. "I think recently developed color e-paper devices are suited for displaying movies" Noguchi suggests, "but I believe that color e-paper should be employed for e-book readers with a focus on displaying texts."

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Color e-paper drawing tablet gets Berlin outing

Color e-paper drawing tablet gets Berlin outing

A mysterious color e-paper drawing tablet has gone on show in Germany this week, apparently part of the ongoing BnF Lab project in Paris. The slate allows for color sketching on an A4-sized e-paper panel; it's unclear exactly who is responsible for producing the panel, though Bridgestone, Epson and Samsung - which have each developed color e-paper products - are listed as sponsors [pdf link].

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Liquavista flexible color display prototypes unveiled [Video]

Liquavista flexible color display prototypes unveiled [Video]

Liquavista has taken its color e-paper displays to the next level, by producing what the company is calling the first flexible electrowetting displays.  The new prototypes are still video capable, but now use flexible substrates rather than the typical glass layer.  The obvious application once commercially ready is rollable or bendable ereaders.

Video demo after the cut

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Pixel Qi screen hits DIY customers, gets netbook video demo

Pixel Qi screen hits DIY customers, gets netbook video demo

With Pixel-Qi's DIY 3qi display kit showing up in the Maker Shed store last week - and then promptly selling out - we've been waiting to see what the results are like "in the wild".  Jesse Vincent seems to be among the first to receive his multi-mode panel, and he promptly slapped it into a Samsung N135 netbook and shot a video demo (which you can see after the cut).

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