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Re: think this should be next eink nook


Pie-Is-Tasty wrote:

This might be a little ambitious, but here goes:

 

1) Color e-Ink. Some undeveloped e-Ink types do not display whites as "white." However, the highly developed Triton 2 displays colors in pretty good quality.

 

2) Higher resolution screen! The current resolution is not bad, but it's NOWHERE NEAR as good as the resolutions on the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kobo Aura HD.

 

3) Web browser, email? If the rumor that BN is software updating the NST and the NST Glowlight on June 1 with web browser and email plays out right, then the new eInk model should have the web browser and email plus MORE.

 

4) Add good reading related apps, like maybe Goodreads.

 

5) Have speakers? Or maybe just a headphone jack so you can listen to music while reading?

 

 


 

1) color eink isn't ready for primetime yet.  If it ever will be.

 

2) this seems pretty logical. 

 

3) No.  The web browser is going to be minimal in the true sense of the word IF it even comes out.  These are NOT supposed to be tablet alternatives

 

4) again seems logical if we get web and such to add the option for very basic reading apps. 

 

5) No.  Speakers add weight, and the sound quality would either suffer or add additional weight.  Get an mp3 player they are cheap.

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RE: Color electronic paper displays - it depends what you consider "good enough". A Triton 2 screen isn't bad, it just looks washed out next to a crisp LCD or OLED. However, put it outside and a Triton 2 runs circles around everything except the crazy 2000 nit ones they use for outdoor signage (which would drain the batteries we use in tablets in a few minutes). Given that a Triton 2 runs on the same principals as a Pearl, it's possible that you could use fast-refresh drivers to give an actual tablet experience outdoors with much greater battery life, a pretty large coup even if it means losing some saturation.

 

Though there are issues with resolution on a Triton 2, which makes the resurgence of Mirasol this week a bit more exciting.

 

RE: Music. The real problem with music beyond the physical issues is the huge licencing costs associated with getting the technology to play MP3 files and such. They're all FRAND patents, but it adds a large cost to a device already sold below margins.

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Re: think this should be next eink nook

Qualcomm keeps showing displays it says are 'a few years away from commercial release'.

 

Will they ever release?

 

I think Qualcomm has more potential than Triton, but not sure if they'll deliver on that potential.

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5ivedom wrote:

Qualcomm keeps showing displays it says are 'a few years away from commercial release'.

 

Will they ever release?

 

I think Qualcomm has more potential than Triton, but not sure if they'll deliver on that potential.


Sometimes I think the Mirasol team has done all they can with the tech, and they're just waiting for a major breakthrough to come along that will allow them to produce the product with more contrast and color and/or at a lower price point.  Other than the high res, the product doesn't look any different than it did a couple of years ago.  I'm just glad that Qualcomm didn't kill the program, as was reported previously.

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Re: think this should be next eink nook


keriflur wrote:

Sometimes I think the Mirasol team has done all they can with the tech, and they're just waiting for a major breakthrough to come along that will allow them to produce the product with more contrast and color and/or at a lower price point.  ...


The lower price point would come with an increase in contrast and color. They are caught in a fixed cost trap at the moment where the volumes that would allow the cost to come down sufficiently for the markets they could now capture are greater than those markets on their own can offer up. If they were to hit the "OK for video" contrast and color ~ not even great, but just OK ~ the battery life advantage would probably open up a market niche that would bridge that fixed cost gap.

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Very true. They (Qualcomm) need to find some niche market that leds them expand the technology.

 

Kerilflur, I'd read that too - that the Mirasol program is closed. It's great to know it's not closed.