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Old 10-16-2009, 06:10 PM   #1
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Nice article on the Mirasol color display technology

If you haven't heard of Mirasol, it is a display technology developed by Qualcomm that uses the same principle used in nature to provide the color in a butterfly's wings.

The Marisol technology works like eInk in that once an image is displayed there is very little in terms of power that is needed to keep that image displayed. It is also a reflective technology, just like eInk. However, unlike eInk, Marisol provides colored images, where the color is very good and can be refreshed at speeds that easily support video.

Gizmodo has a nice video that showcases the technology, and I just came across this article by Popular Mechanics that explains how the technology works.
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How far is it from the market, though?
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:22 AM   #3
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it looks good
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Old 10-17-2009, 03:14 AM   #4
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It is certainly interesting. One correction on the scientific side of things is that although they like to quote how this works like butterfly wings, it really isn't the same thing. Butterfly wings consist of periodic structures (photonic crystals) that reflect a band of wavelengths in what is called the photonic bandgap. It is a collective interference effect, but it is different from thin-film interference, which is what the IMOD seems to be based on.
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Old 10-17-2009, 07:06 AM   #5
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The article at Popular Mechanics was interesting. Thanks for the information Daithi.
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How far is it from the market, though?
I have read that there may be devices out in Spring '10 (Northern Hemisphere).
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Old 10-17-2009, 07:18 AM   #7
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Looks pretty dang good. Though I'm a bit disappointed that the display is still so small.
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If I'm not mistaken, they already used this technology for the display on some off-brand mp3 player last year. Still, good to see that they're still working on it.
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If I'm not mistaken, they already used this technology for the display on some off-brand mp3 player last year. Still, good to see that they're still working on it.
To the best of my knowledge none of these existing devices have a full color version of the display.
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The article at Popular Mechanics was interesting. Thanks for the information Daithi.
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