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Old 09-29-2007, 12:21 PM   #1
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why doesn't this have a frontlight by default yet?

why doesn't the third version of a product use a frontlight like seen so much elsewhere? is it expensive? impossible? or is it plain marketing?

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Old 09-29-2007, 01:45 PM   #2
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wh y doesn t the third version of a product use a frontlight like seen so much elsewhere? is it expensive? impossible? or is it plain marketing?

I can think of several reasons. First, if they try to implement a LightWedge style of frontlight, they'd have to license the tech from LightWedge. Second, if they don't use that tech, they'll have to invent their type - and that means whoever comes up with it can make all the others either have to come up with their *own* unique idea or pay a hefty licensing fee to that manufacturer.

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Can such a lighting system be used with the larger surface area of the 800x600 readers without an obscene drain on the battery? I would imagine they would have to pump up the light output since the center of the screen would be much further away on a bigger device.
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Can such a lighting system be used with the larger surface area of the 800x600 readers without an obscene drain on the battery? I would imagine they would have to pump up the light output since the center of the screen would be much further away on a bigger device.

Which is why I believe an after-market LightWedge-like add-on would be a better idea - or add a separate switch on the reader to *TURN OFF* a built-in front-light.

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well, obviously it would need its own switch. It would be silly to keep it on at all times.
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well, obviously it would need its own switch. It would be silly to keep it on at all times.
Maybe to the likes of you and me... But I've seen some *STRANGE* concept designs! I wouldn't put it past a manufacturer to 'forget' that *minor* detail.

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i thin k it should be made so that when its sunny the light goes *ON* and when its really dark (but only when its *REALLY* dark), the light stays out. but that's in terms of a concept model only ofcoarse.
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i thin k it should be made so that when its sunny the light goes *ON* and when its really dark (but only when its *REALLY* dark), the light stays out. but that's in terms of a concept model only ofcoarse.
Isn't that backwards?
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i thin k it should be made so that when its sunny the light goes *ON* and when its really dark (but only when its *REALLY* dark), the light stays out. but that's in terms of a concept model only ofcoarse.
That is *SOOooo* Funny! That will be the model marketed to our vampire customers!

Yes, those of us who are 'mere mortals' will, by default, buy the other version.

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Old 09-30-2007, 04:04 AM   #11
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i thin k it should be made so that when its sunny the light goes *ON* and when its really dark (but only when its *REALLY* dark), the light stays out. but that's in terms of a concept model only ofcoarse.
Let me guess... aren't you a Microsoft engineer?
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<rant> I vote NEVER put a light on any eink device EVER.
I'm tired of this bleeding argument. I mean seriously we've been reading books that *ahem* don't have a light source for centuries.
I mean for FSM's sake, if you are one of the very small minority that need to read in the dark with out turning on another light source, please go out and buy a bloody lightwedge or torch.</rant>
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THJahar,

While I don't much care about the lighting issue, it is obviously rather important to some. Yes, we've been reading printed books for 555 years now without built-in lighting. Then again, we've also been reading on some form of paper as well. By your logic, there's no need for an E-Ink device either. Progress isn't a bad thing. I think lighting will be a very nice feature for 3rd generation reader-sized devices.
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I'm tired of this bleeding argument.
That's the reason I don't much read the threads on DRM anymore (or the threads that have turned into such discussions). Others want to have them, let 'em, I just don't read 'em.
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<rant> I vote NEVER put a light on any eink device EVER.
I'm tired of this bleeding argument. I mean seriously we've been reading books that *ahem* don't have a light source for centuries.
I mean for FSM's sake, if you are one of the very small minority that need to read in the dark with out turning on another light source, please go out and buy a bloody lightwedge or torch.</rant>
Give that man a medal!
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