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Old 04-30-2011, 01:44 PM   #1
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Does it exist?

Is there technology yet or a reader that combines the back lighting of a device like the nook color or ipad and then the ability to switch to the e-ink reading style of a kindle?

That is truly a device i wouldn't hesitate to buy! How bout you?
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Old 04-30-2011, 02:00 PM   #2
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I don't believe there is such an ereader at this time, but I'm like you, I sure would go for that. Something that would have be e-ink with the option of turning on a backlight. I'm certainly not a techy person so I have no idea if this is even reasonable, but it sounds like a good idea to me.
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Old 04-30-2011, 02:03 PM   #3
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Google "transflective". But it has not yet been able to meet its potential, judging by
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Old 04-30-2011, 02:44 PM   #4
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The Garmin GPS'es have a transreflective screen. They do perform excellent in bright sunlight, as well as backlit in darkness.
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Old 04-30-2011, 03:23 PM   #5
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The Pixel Qi screen is probably the closest to what you are looking for. It is currently only available in the Notion Ink Adam tablet, which has not got good reviews (Engadget Reviews the Notion Ink Adam). There is a 7" version coming soon, see ZTE introduces 7” Tablet PC with Pixel Qi’s Sunlight Readable Low Power Display.
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:28 PM   #6
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Is there technology yet or a reader that combines the back lighting of a device like the nook color or ipad and then the ability to switch to the e-ink reading style of a kindle?

That is truly a device i wouldn't hesitate to buy! How bout you?
This is a very nice idea . In a sense, Microsoft had some "vaporware" (the Courier as it was known iirc) with a dual screen. I don't think it was E-ink + LCD but that would be really great! A logical next step for Barnes and Noble perhaps (since they already have an LCD area under the E-ink screen)? I would definitely buy that!
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:47 PM   #7
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Entourage edge and pocket edge are such devices. LCD Android on one side, e-ink on the other. Reader and journal only on the e-ink side (with wacom stylus input) but you can load an android reader on the LCD side and have the best of both. Too bad the company seems to be in financial trouble.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:13 PM   #8
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Somebody should make an ereader with LCD on one side for tablet apps, and eink on the other for ereading, with the processor, mobo, battery, etc sandwiched in between. I.e. Dual screen on one physical unit, not two. Put leather or plastic covers on hinge (like a spiral notebook) so to read either side you just flip the cover and the other side stays protected.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:43 PM   #9
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Seems to me that it would be easier to build in an LED edgelight for an eink screen.

But I'm no expert.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:59 PM   #10
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I read about a week ago (Can't remember where) that there was a duo screen (one on top of the other) that would be out soon. If I remember I will post it later.
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:40 AM   #11
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that would be interesting.. so you get the best of both
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:45 AM   #12
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Somebody should make an ereader with LCD on one side for tablet apps, and eink on the other for ereading, with the processor, mobo, battery, etc sandwiched in between. I.e. Dual screen on one physical unit, not two. Put leather or plastic covers on hinge (like a spiral notebook) so to read either side you just flip the cover and the other side stays protected.
Actually, I quite like the folding method of the pocket edge. I can have a book open on one side, and another app (ie dictionary, wiki, web search) open on the other. I can flip the screens around so that my writing hand is over whichever screen I happen to be working with (this is a system setting, not orientation sensor event, so it's not that convienient to do but it is possible). As well, the hinge is a full hinge so if I ever do wish to use it as you suggest, I can flip the screens back to back. There is even little rubber feet on both sides (back and front) of each screen, so they're protected no matter which side is down.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:54 AM   #13
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according to patently apple, the cupertino based company we all love is working on some dual e-paper / lcd video display.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:43 AM   #14
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I use a TomTom a lot, and I find the day/night colour option a whiz - wonder if that sort of thing would work ?
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Seems to me that it would be easier to build in an LED edgelight for an eink screen.

But I'm no expert.
I don't understand why they don't do this. The first GBA SP had a frontlit LCD screen. My Lenovo work laptop has a built in LED light at the top of the screen that illuminates the keyboard at night.

E-ink just needs a a built in LED light. IMO the only thing I love about my wife's Kindle 3 is that nifty case with the built-in light powered from the Kindle.
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