Status: New Idea

Leading developers like Amazon Kindle are currently developing a prototype color-e ink device with Glowlight. I think that the reading experience would be GREATLY enhanced with color. Also, the color could help increase the feasability of a simple web browser on any future Nook Simple Touches.


Also, I think in the future, an e-ink tablet would be really cool. You could play apps on a screen with no glare. This is probably years ahead, but it's definitely something to consider to compete with Apple and Amazon.


Categories: New Product Ideas
by on ‎05-15-2013 01:55 PM

Amazon hasn't been a leader in the e-ink space in years.  It is a RUMOR that they are developing a color e-ink device, and there are no indications that the rumored device will be able to use apps and such.  I would assume that they are not, in fact, developing a color E-INK device at all, given that they just purchased Liquavista, who is not E-Ink.  And given that Liquavista has never produced a mass-marketable device, despite being in business for years, I'd say that a Liquavista kindle is at least a couple of years out.

by Byteguy on ‎05-15-2013 02:53 PM

Also, the refresh-rate on e-ink is VERY slow compared to the other screens.


Apps and games would be a mess.  Just look at this:



by on ‎05-15-2013 03:00 PM

I think the Angry Birds video says it all.  E-ink just won't do so much of what people want a tablet to do.  I have a tablet for things that I want a tablet for.  My e-ink device is for reading.  Just reading.

by on ‎05-15-2013 04:18 PM

I think the potential is there for a reflective screen to have a refresh rate that will allow games and animation - everything I've read about Mirasol indicates that the refresh rate was comparable to LCD (but Mirasol is dead now).  It's just not going to be e-ink.

by Ya_Ya on ‎05-15-2013 07:46 PM

Liquavista's refresh rate is supposed to be at least as good as Mirasol's and its energy consumption should be lower than e-ink's.


If that's all true, Liquavista could do exactly what the OP suggests.  Just not for another two or three years.


keri, I know you had thought Mirasol superior to Liquavista.  Just wondering why...  I had been hoping for Liquavista, but I may have been missing something.

by on ‎05-15-2013 08:34 PM

The video and images I saw of Mirasol seemed brighter and the background seemed lighter than Liquavista. Dunno if that's actually the case tho.

by Ya_Ya on ‎05-15-2013 08:53 PM

See I thought Liquavista seemed brighter.  I didn't notice much difference in the backgrounds.


Either case, I'm pretty sure I'm SOL.

by JackB2398 on ‎05-19-2013 01:35 AM

Yes! A color e-ink tablet would be fantastic for:


  • Magazines
  • Illustrated Books
  • The Internet
  • Email
  • A better, more friendly user interface
  • Etc

And for those who want to watch YouTube or Angry Birds on a Nook eReader, remember that is what an iPad mini is for. The Nook has a great anti-glare screen and portable size. While I have an iPad and a Nook, I have to say, each one is different, but I would definiately enjoy having a colored Nook in the same convenient size as my current Nook.

by on ‎05-20-2013 12:38 PM

How will adding color give you a better, more user friendly interface?

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