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Old 05-17-2011, 02:19 AM   #1
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E-Ink and Epson working on a 300ppi e-ink screen!

Good news everyone! There just might be a gust of wind left in the sails of e-Ink tech:

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E Ink will be in charge of producing the sharp-looking 9.68-inch 2,400 x 1,650 display panel, whereas Epson will take care of the high-speed display controller platform to go with E Ink's part.
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No availability has been announced just yet, ...
Engadget is covering the event, hopefuly they'll have some more info in the next day or two.
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Old 05-17-2011, 04:33 AM   #2
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This will help further Amazons thrust for world dominata--ugh--producing a great e-reader.

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Old 05-17-2011, 07:06 AM   #4
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E-Ink is far from dead. It just can't command high prices, anymore. After a 3 month experiment of reading on high quality LCD's only I finally pulled my trusted Irex out again. And it does feel like relief for my eyes to look at an e-ink screen again. So in the end convenience lost out for me.

For books it is e-ink for me from now on, when I have the choice (sometimes I only have my phone with me). For the newspapers connectivity is a problem, so a computer/tablet is still the better way. Besides, speed is much more important.
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:15 AM   #5
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:22 AM   #6
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Good to see technology advance but I don't know that the average person is screaming for more dpi from eInk. Personally I've moved on from an eInk device because I find it too limiting. I want color, video, and better interaction with the screen but I don't want to carry multiple devices. EInk is certainly very cool for very specific applications but it's also quite limiting.
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Good to see technology advance but I don't know that the average person is screaming for more dpi from eInk. Personally I've moved on from an eInk device because I find it too limiting. I want color, video, and better interaction with the screen but I don't want to carry multiple devices. EInk is certainly very cool for very specific applications but it's also quite limiting.
I'd like a few more DPI's. Some of the books are still scanned as PDF image files unfortunately, they need all the help they can get in DPI realm. I suppose I'm not average then, good to know
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Good to see technology advance but I don't know that the average person is screaming for more dpi from eInk. Personally I've moved on from an eInk device because I find it too limiting. I want color, video, and better interaction with the screen but I don't want to carry multiple devices. EInk is certainly very cool for very specific applications but it's also quite limiting.
We all make our own choices, and yours is a valid one.
I am on the other side of the user spectrum to yourself (in total agreement with Hans's post before).
I love reading, I love quality. E-ink screens (especially Perl) deliver that experience for me. I won't watch movies on it, or play video games, or browse the internet. I just want to read. And for this, I'm happy to pay.
Higher resolution and better contrast can only be a good thing IMO.

I only hope there's enough of us out there to keep the E-Ink industry going as a sustainable business.

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Old 05-17-2011, 11:39 AM   #9
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Considering the size of the screen, I'd say that it would be a great thing for those of us who are interested in reading pdf files without zooming in.
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:35 PM   #10
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WTF - want to have one, only bigger (14").

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Old 05-17-2011, 01:35 PM   #11
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WTF - want to have one, only bigger (14").
Yes, please.

I'd even settle for slightly lower dpi in order to have a larger size. I want it for sheet music, and reading from a distance of about 3 to 5 feet, the lower dpi wouldn't matter so much.

That said, this is awesome news. Just saw the Engadget post myself and stopped by here to see if someone had posted it yet. I'd certainly buy this Epson today if it were available.
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Old 05-17-2011, 02:20 PM   #12
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Good to see technology advance but I don't know that the average person is screaming for more dpi from eInk.
I know I'm not-- I think by the time it has reached 200dpi (as with the 5 inch screens) for greyscale, cramming in more pixels has already hit the law of diminishing returns. The only way higher dpi interests me is a base for sticking a red/green/blue/clear color filter grid on top of for a color display.
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I just want to read. And for this, I'm happy to pay.
Higher resolution and better contrast can only be a good thing IMO.
I agree if all you want to do is read text then eInk is a great choice. For reading text though is better res than the current Kindle going to make much difference? Text on it looks pretty darn good already. If you have a bad scan then it's the scan not the display that is the issue. My point is that better res and contrast are fine but they are not really addressing the shortcomings of eInk and I'm not sure that it will really have much impact. I've never heard a Kindle owner say "gee if only the text were crisper" for example. What real world impact will these improvements provide?
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I agree if all you want to do is read text then eInk is a great choice. For reading text though is better res than the current Kindle going to make much difference?
A little bit, yes.

They're still working on color eInk, and epapers are likely to have a lead in terms of power consumption for a long, long time.

That said, as usual I don't see much reason to proclaim eInk as "dead," nor to get terribly excited about this until it's actually shipping.
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