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Old 07-09-2008, 03:42 AM   #1
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E Ink AM300 Prototype Kit *unboxed*

The following photos were from Flickr, with the right to share and distribute (CC licensed). Notice that the AM300 prototype kit already includes the Wacom Pen input feature!

Original link: http://www.saintzeno.com/blog/2008/0...-am300-dev-kit
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:24 AM   #2
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So, what is this we are looking at? Is this the 6inch screen with the Epson controller?

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Old 07-09-2008, 10:28 AM   #3
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Yes, its 6 inch, you can read it on the bill in picture 2.
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:31 PM   #4
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You mean that white paper to the right side? The only word on that I can read is "INK" at the top. The rest I can't see at all. Perhaps it's my middle aged eyes.

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Old 07-09-2008, 01:17 PM   #5
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Bob, it says 6" PANEL AND WACOM TOUCH SENSOR.
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:49 PM   #6
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Oh yea... I see that when I open it in paint and zoom in. Thanks.

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Old 07-09-2008, 02:36 PM   #7
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By the way: This thing looks awesome. I am looking forward to get a product in this quality!
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:03 PM   #8
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The AM300 specs, are here. Both the Kindle (Some Kindle source code digging) and the iLiad (Hacking and/or development) also appear to be based on GumStix boards, but with different display controllers.
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:47 PM   #9
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Hi.

I'm Dave... the guy who took the photos. Alan asked me to drop by and add some comments.

I've been a fan of e-ink devices for a while (here are photos of some basic Librie experiments in '05: http://www.flickr.com/photos/flash5/sets/852316/).

This display is a MAJOR step forward... I am blown away by the improved contrast and the really huge improvement in refresh rates.

I'm still trying to get my feet when it comes to the dev side the of the equation (embedded dev is a new ball game for me).

It's a really beautiful device.

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Old 07-09-2008, 05:41 PM   #10
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Does this have improved contrast and refresh rates over the Vizplex screen in the Sony 505 and Kindle? Or do you mean just in comparison to the first run of E-Ink screens? I don't think I'll feel a need to upgrade until there are new E-Ink screens with whiter backgrounds to text, although this text input seems very handy.
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I'm sorry I can't comment on the Sony 505 or the Kindle as I have never seen either in the flesh.

My point of comparison is my rather aged Sony Librie.

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Old 07-09-2008, 06:16 PM   #12
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I'm still trying to get my feet when it comes to the dev side the of the equation (embedded dev is a new ball game for me).
Take a look at Linux for e-readers: OpenInkpot progress *IS* being made.... The current target machines have ARM processors, but their source code may still be useful. The open source components of the Kindle and iLiad software stacks are also available.
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Take a look at Linux for e-readers: OpenInkpot progress *IS* being made.... The current target machines have ARM processors, but their source code may still be useful. The open source components of the Kindle and iLiad software stacks are also available.
Actually, the Gumstix used (and was used on the much older AM200) is an ARM variant, the PXA2xx series. So the real tweaking will probably come from the peripheral support chipsets.

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Actually, the Gumstix used (and was used on the much older AM200) is an ARM variant, the PXA2xx series.
My mistake, why call it Xscale when it is ARM (marketing I suppose). It is interesting that the PXA255 has been around since 2003.
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My mistake, why call it Xscale when it is ARM (marketing I suppose). It is interesting that the PXA255 has been around since 2003.
XScale is a newer ARM compatible processor with the ability to change its speed (scale its speed) to tradeoff battery life and performance.

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