|02-11-2009, 03:36 AM||#1|
Muncher of ebooks
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Fürth, Germany
Device: Pocketbook 360
Fujitsu tries out color ebook
"Fujitsu's e-reader is based on "FLEPia" technology from Fujitsu Frontera that incorporates the color screen with a wireless data management system. And that screen is about as large as the average magazine page--making it far more suitable than the Amazon device for browsing magazine-style info or even e-newspapers. That's certainly why Mainichi Newspapers Co. Ltd. is involved in the trial of the e-papers currently underway in a Tokyo restaurant to see how the public accepts it.
The Termina Kinshicho Fujiya restaurant has a dedicated "BB Mobile Point" wireless LAN installed to serve content to the e-readers--this includes diverse stuff from newspapers to adverts to train timetables and weather reports.
Hardware-wise the e-reader is pretty sleek--it's got a narrow bezel which makes the Kindle 2's huge one look positively ugly, and still manages to be a relatively narrow 12mm deep. It also ditches the keyboard of the Kindle since it's got a touch-sensitive screen. Inside there's Wi-Fi and USB 2 for connectivity, an SD slot for memory expansion, stereo speakers, and the entire Windows CE5. And the device can go for 50 hours use on a single charge.
There seems to be just a single handicap to Fujitsu's device, and that is its price. That larger screen, with color e-ink, and the whole slender-packaged design must, of course, make it a more expensive gizmo than the Kindle. But its price is apparently a whopping $900 or thereabouts, versus the Kindle's $360. And that's so high it means the e-readers are probably only commercially viable as an asset in restaurants and other establishments like cafes. Perhaps Futjitsu can achieve economies if the trial is successful and the e-paper goes into mass production--but the price would really have to drop for it to work as a consumer product and compete with physical copy newspapers and magazines."
Here some tech specs (from http://www.golem.de/0902/65182.html ):
resolution: 768 x 1.024
battery capacity: 50 hours
OS: Win CE
youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVd6T...902/65182.html
Last edited by kaas; 02-11-2009 at 05:06 AM.
|02-11-2009, 03:44 AM||#2|
Now you lishen here...
Join Date: Jul 2007
Device: Sony PRS-650. Kobo Touch, Kindle Fire
Unless I have suffered a stroke, the technical specs appear to be in German, which as a monolingualist, I am unable to comprehend.
Is this an eInk device? If not, 50 hours is very impressive, and even at $900 I am interested!
|02-11-2009, 03:58 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: The Netherlands
Device: Cybook G3
Currently Reading: The Bonehunters (Steven Erikson)
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|02-11-2009, 04:03 AM||#4|
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Sin City
Device: Apple iPad (1st Gen) & iPod Touch (4th Gen)
Why do people keep describing this as eInk? It's a considerably different technology.
Anyways... the refresh rate is still an issue IMO. Even my PRS 500 with its first generation eInk screen drew quicker than this. And of course they're comparing it to the Kindle 2, which appears to have the fastest iteration of the technology yet.
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Last edited by Dylrob; 02-11-2009 at 04:06 AM.
|02-11-2009, 07:42 AM||#6|
Join Date: Dec 2008
Device: HTC Flyer; BBMini; Sony PRS650
My German is far from perfect, but I get the impression that writer doesn't know anything about e-ink devices...
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