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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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E Ink Pearl display outed: 50% contrast improvement

E Ink Pearl display outed: 50% contrast improvement

E Ink has announced its next generation of ereader display, Pearl, and while the press release doesn't spell it out in so many words, the claim that the contrast is around 50-percent greater than the previous generation leads us to suspect this is the screen technology in the new Amazon Kindle DX.  According to E Ink - formerly known as PVI -Pearl is now the whitest reflective display in the industry and even more like regular printed paper.

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LG Display and iriver partner up on ereader production

LG Display and iriver partner up on ereader production

LG Display and iriver have announced a partnership that will see the two companies collaborate as a new ODM/OEM ebook manufacturer.  The new venture, L&I Electronic Technology (Dongguan) Ltd., will be based at iriver's Chinese plant and see LG Display provide the e-ink panels and iriver develop product designs.  LG Display will have a small majority stake in the collaboration, providing 51-percent of the total $5m financing.

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Delta e-Magazine color ereader due December 2010

Delta e-Magazine color ereader due December 2010

Delta Electronics have been showing a color e-reader at Computex this week, and the big news is that it's expected to reach the market in December 2010.  The Delta e-Magazine weighs just half of Apple's iPad, but has a 13-inch display capable of showing colors, albeit relatively muted.  The device is based on Bridgestone's e-paper technology, with Delta apparently working with the company to commercialise the technology.

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LiquavistaVivid epaper/color displays take on Pixel Qi

LiquavistaVivid epaper/color displays take on Pixel Qi

Look out, Pixel Qi, Liquavista are looking to take on your 3qi indoor/outdoor viewable displays with some slick multi-mode panels of their own.  The company has been demonstrating their new LiquavistaVivid technology, a dual-mode display which can automatically flip between a paper-like monochrome setting - ideal for ebook reading indoors and out - and an LCD-like full color video-capable setting.

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Fujitsu Laboratories shows off color e-paper display

Fujitsu Laboratories shows off color e-paper display

Fujitsu Laboratories has announced a new color e-paper display that has what Fujitsu claims to be the world's highest color image quality. Fujitsu was able to develop the color e-paper display by redesigning the panel structure and image rewrite methods used in previous versions of color e-paper from the company.

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Bridgestone QR-LPD flexible e-paper gets video demo

Bridgestone QR-LPD flexible e-paper gets video demo

Bridgestone probably aren't the first company you'd associate with e-paper, but it seems they've been thinking about more than just tires of late.  They've rolled out a new flexible e-paper screen at Display 2011 in Japan this week, called QR-LPD or Quick Response Liquid Powder Display, which judging from this machine translation uses electrically-charged black and white particles held in a liquid substrate.

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NEC A4-sized UXGA e-paper revealed

NEC A4-sized UXGA e-paper revealed

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.

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Wistron folding e-paper device coming 2010

Now that Polymer Vision‘s new owner – Wistron – has been confirmed, it’s time for some speculation about what they might have up their sleeve with the folding e-paper technology.  Wistron’s Brian Chong, chief of product planning, has confirmed that the company intends to release a 5- to 6-inch device using Polymer Vision tech in 2010.  From the sound of it, it’s very much alike the prototype device Polymer Vision themselves were showing round before their sale.

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