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Old 10-29-2007, 10:36 AM   #16
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As long as it still takes stylus input -- I use that too much to trade it for any other feature, even lighting.
The light panel might have to be of a different material, to stand up to the wear, but I should think that a Wacom panel would work through plastic ... I just tested it through cardboard on my Tablet PC, and it works fine through that.
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Old 10-29-2007, 11:52 AM   #17
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I would imagine the light would come with an off switch if you don't want to waste battery life on it. Yes, we know paper books don't have lights. One of the great things about technology and innovation is that we can actually improve on the way things used to be.
Perhaps Watcha would prefer to go back to candles and lanterns. That is the way real paper books were lighted in the past. What do people want to remain in the past so much?
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Old 10-29-2007, 11:55 AM   #18
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Perhaps Watcha would prefer to go back to candles and lanterns. That is the way real paper books were lighted in the past. What do people want to remain in the past so much?
Hey you're in sunny Ca, what about the person who lives in the long near total dark of arctic winter?
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Old 10-29-2007, 12:45 PM   #19
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:16 PM   #20
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Old 10-29-2007, 03:55 PM   #21
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Here's an idea ala citing the power-consumption issue... If the developers are smart and actually think about applicable usage and longevity of the device, they would have the lighting portion of the device drawing power from an secondary source aside from the source driving the device. The benefits here would be that the device could continue operation for a much longer period after the lighting portion drains the battery (which would probably happen pretty darn quickly if used for extended periods even using LED's). They could even go further by making the display's battery user-replaceable, even if it is some proprietary battery, that way they can carry a spare.

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Old 10-29-2007, 05:25 PM   #22
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How quickly is quickly? I mean, the Ebookwise gets over twenty hours on a charge, and it's running both the LCD screen and the light (which, given this is 1999 tech, isn't likely LED). There's no reason eInk plus LED light shouldn't get forty or fifty hours of reading with a light.
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:46 AM   #23
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How quickly is quickly? I mean, the Ebookwise gets over twenty hours on a charge, and it's running both the LCD screen and the light (which, given this is 1999 tech, isn't likely LED). There's no reason eInk plus LED light shouldn't get forty or fifty hours of reading with a light.
I really don't know how ebookwise 1150 lighting technology works. My best guess is it could be using electroluminesence like in in indiglo watches. Except by increasing the voltage to the panel it increases the brightness making it look slightly offwhite at the brightest and a slightly greenish color on the lowest setting. Normally small handhelds or pdas generate a whinning sound when the backlight is on, but the ebookwise doesn't because the battery has enough voltage it does not need a converter, hence no sound.
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Old 10-30-2007, 02:41 AM   #24
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How about bioluminescence? Just feed your reader something.

When I was a kid I thought a torch (flashlight) was pretty cutting edge so I would hide under the blankets when I was supposed to be sleeping and keep reading by torchlight. The Hardy Boys, Biggles, Secret Seven, Famous Five and so on. Loved it.
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:28 AM   #25
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How about bioluminescence? Just feed your reader something.
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When I was a kid I thought a torch (flashlight) was pretty cutting edge so I would hide under the blankets when I was supposed to be sleeping and keep reading by torchlight. The Hardy Boys, Biggles, Secret Seven, Famous Five and so on. Loved it.
I did the same and am sure others here did, too. There was something special about doing something fun that was just slightly defiant.
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Old 10-31-2007, 12:46 PM   #26
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Old 11-04-2007, 04:03 PM   #27
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cmon guys, just hook up your current light when you are reading in the dark.


me, when im reading a book in bed, i use a 2 LED flashlight. Not too much light, so my girlfriend can sleep. with an ebook is just the same, ik reckon.

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Old 12-04-2007, 11:32 AM   #28
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Yeah, this is how I do it too. I go camping a lot so I have a little LED headlamp that I use for this, but any little light would do.

I guess it's a matter of taste--as long as the light could be switched off, and didn't add too much to the cost, weight or bulk, I wouldn't mind it, but it's not what I would buy a reader for.
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:39 AM   #29
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I like the lighting, I think, unless it's a battery hog. But I'm curious about what people think about the flexible displays: why would you want one and what would you do with it? If it's flexible, that implies it's unsupported and will be subject to being folded or kinked or otherwise mangled. Does someone have a good idea how such a thing would be practical and why it would be better than a rigid display? Just curious.
Well, personally I would like a reader that was like a sheet of regular 8 1/2 by 11 (A4?) paper, folded in half. When it's closed the screen and controls are protected from bumps and scratches, when it's open it can be read like a book, two pages at a time, or the user has the option of displaying two different things on the facing pages (to compare different accounts of the same event side-by-side, for instance, or look at an illustration while reading the text that explains it). And as a final option, it can be opened out flat and turned 90 degrees and it can display standard pdfs in the original size. A flexible display would fit into that kind of folding reader, without having to break the 8 1/2 by 11 option up at the "hinge."

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Old 12-04-2007, 11:55 AM   #30
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I'm not that excited because there already is a "Light Wedge" product. That concept seems really easy to integrate into an e-reader. It only needs a scratch-resistant top coating versus the stand-alone product available now. I do agree front lighting should be integrated and right now!
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