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Old 03-07-2006, 01:02 PM   #1
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Rollup e-book readers to ship summer 2006

In a surprise bit of news out of PC Magazine, the rollup displays we have mentioned previously are apparently ready to roll out right on schedule.

According to the article, "The Readius appears to have the slickest design of any e-book reader yet—straight out of Minority Report. As shown, the flexible display folds up like a scroll; when you're not reading, it's as pocket-friendly as a pack of gum.

Sony will have the jump on Philips, though, as the two gadgets square off. Third-party designs of the Readius won't ship until the summer. If these two products don't herald the age of e-books, nothing will."

Could this new era in e-books really finally be here?

Related story: Rollable color OLED prototype display (where Brian first made the Minority Report connection!)

Via TeleRead. (Wonderful source of e-book news!)
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Old 03-07-2006, 01:38 PM   #2
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I cannot believe it. There we are, waiting for like what - three years? - for a decent e-book reader to come out, and now have companies who promise us all the goodies an e-book lover could dream of to come out this year? What the heck, I am not complaining, but what took them so long!!
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I cannot believe it. There we are, waiting for like what - three years? - for a decent e-book reader to come out, and now have companies who promise us all the goodies an e-book lover could dream of to come out this year? What the heck, I am not complaining, but what took them so long!!
... but even so, I wouldn't count my chickens until they hatch!
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Old 03-07-2006, 02:03 PM   #4
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Now, don't sound so optimistic, Bob!
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Old 03-07-2006, 04:33 PM   #5
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All the great display technology won't be worth a hill of beans without content to view on them. It's like having a 1080p high-def television with a high-def DVD player that down-converts the video to 480p, just because you don't have an hdmi connector.

The hardware looks great for Sony, but there's plenty of opportunity for them to bungle the software. The Philips looks interesting, but it's the same picture we saw months ago.
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to ship summer 2006?

i cant wait! this looks much better than Reader!

any specs available?

btw, what about screen protection? librie/reader has that leather cover.
but this one will have a small part exposed.
if i were to put this in my pocket....

edit: they do have a cover


but QVGA? 5"?
assuming that the screen dimension is 3"x4"
res would be only 80 ppi.

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hehe
this is interesting


and according to wall street journal, 7" display is under development.
this one certainly sounds better.

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What display technology is that supposed to be? The new vapor kind?
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No, its the "Too-Good-To-Be-True-And-Will-Cost-A-Bomb-Because-Of-marketing-sales-greed" kinda of display technology.

We've seen too many good technologies fail in products because the companies got greedy and price them wrongly. Please let this not be one of those.
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What display technology is that supposed to be? The new vapor kind?
I agree, it looks almost "too good to be true". But Polymer Vision has already demonstrated prototypes of this display, so I know it must exist.
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