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Old 10-21-2009, 05:12 PM   #1
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External EPaper Monitor for EBook Reading?

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Does anyone know of any company that offers an external (preferably, USB) monitor that utilizes some form of electronic paper technology, whether it be EInk or a display similar to the Jetbook? Failing that, does anyone know of any non-backlit usb monitors using standard technology? I was thinking something along the lines of the old Palm screens, which allowed one to turn the back light off, but bigger and USB compatible. While not as portable as a standalone reader, I could definitely find a use for it in conjunction with my netbook. I would be able to use desktop-based EBook software which offers much more in the way of features than the portable readers do. And, given a long enough usb cord, I could even curl up on the couch with it. At the very least, it could be useful in reducing eye-fatigue from a back light, possibly increasing work place productivity. Any ideas, or is this just too niche of a product to be viable?

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Old 10-21-2009, 05:59 PM   #2
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I know of really few USB monitors. I wouldn't mind having one like you describe, just, small market.
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I had a good search on the internet for them, and I couldn't find a single eink external display device. It seems bizarre, I thought they would exist, so perhaps it's a very small niche product that only a few companies make.

I guess when people use an external device the new 24" LCDs are so very cheap and 'decent' to read from now that eink monitors would only take a tiny % of sales.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:16 PM   #4
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USB monitors are a small niche as is. I doubt anyone would mass produce what you describe.

I'm reluctant to suggest it, since you already have the former, but something to possibly consider is a netbook or tabletPC equipped with a 3Qi screen. None exist yet, though hopefully (*cross fingers and toes*) they should start to appear within the next few months.
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There is Ricavision thing, but doesn't look like it will be ever released.
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These don't fit your 'non-backlit' requirement, but I know of a couple USB monitors:

Mimo 710

All four Mimo models

These aren't useful for everything, like video, since the bandwidth of USB 2.0 (480Mbps) is only sufficient for transferring non-compressed video with a resolution of 640x480 and a frame rate of 60Hz. Compressed video (Flash, H.264, etc.) may not have a problem though.
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Does anyone know of any company that offers an external (preferably, USB) monitor that utilizes some form of electronic paper technology, whether it be EInk or a display similar to the Jetbook?
Thanks to NiLuJe's & hawhill, you can use a Kindle DX as an E Ink computer monitor: http://tinyapps.org/docs/e-ink-monitor.html
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I don't know about non-backlit monitorss, but many newer monitors support MHL, which is a USB video output standard for handehld devices.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_...efinition_Link

My new Samsung monitor at home supports this.
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