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Old 05-08-2010, 03:21 PM   #1
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E Ink is Great for Those of Us With Eye Floaters

One of my most positive experiences of using an E Ink screen is not having those annoying eye floaters popping into my vision when reading on it. This happens all the time when I am looking at a LCD screen. The E Ink makes reading much more pleasurable than reading on my computer monitor. Just thought I'd share.
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Old 05-08-2010, 07:23 PM   #2
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Actually that is a good point. I have an annoying floater in my right eye that does not make an appearance whilst reading my Sony reader.
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Old 05-08-2010, 11:35 PM   #3
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Really! What's the reason for that, do you know?
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Old 05-08-2010, 11:42 PM   #4
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Really! What's the reason for that, do you know?
Lack of back lighting. Floaters are much more noticeable when you are looking indirectly/directly at a light source.
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Old 05-09-2010, 12:32 AM   #5
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Old 05-09-2010, 02:04 AM   #6
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One of my most positive experiences of using an E Ink screen is not having those annoying eye floaters popping into my vision when reading on it. This happens all the time when I am looking at a LCD screen. The E Ink makes reading much more pleasurable than reading on my computer monitor. Just thought I'd share.
You are absolutely right! Now that you mention it I definitely agree with you.
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Old 05-09-2010, 07:13 AM   #7
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Lack of back lighting. Floaters are much more noticeable when you are looking indirectly/directly at a light source.
Oh, makes sense.
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Old 05-09-2010, 10:14 AM   #8
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That would then also apply to the "E-Paper" non-backlit monochrome reflective LCD
of the Jetbook and Jetbook Lite.

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Old 05-09-2010, 10:43 AM   #9
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I never have floater problems with my LCD devices, perhaps because I keep the backlight low. (The view through a microscope eyepiece, on the other hand, reminds me of a bowl of soup. )
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Old 05-09-2010, 10:50 AM   #10
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Actually that is a good point.
It is indeed, and one I hadn't consciously considered -- but fits with my experience.
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Old 05-09-2010, 11:17 AM   #11
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(The view through a microscope eyepiece, on the other hand, reminds me of a bowl of soup. )
Poor you.
What are you doing that you have to see the bowl of soup all the time?
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Old 05-09-2010, 11:35 AM   #12
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Do floaters also appear less often when you read printed material compared to LCD? Compared to e-Ink?
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Old 05-09-2010, 12:10 PM   #13
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I never really thought about it, but you're right. I don't notice eye floaters when reading the Aluratek Libre.
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But isn't there a contrast between the letters and the screen they're on? Wouldn't that make floaters visible? You can't imagine how many times I've tried to swat my floaters away, thinking they were gnats. If I didn't have to do that anymore, it would be great.

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Poor you.
What are you doing that you have to see the bowl of soup all the time?
Alas, I'm a microbiologist. But fortunately we mostly rely on molecular methods to identify things these days, so I spend relatively little time staring at gross stringy floaters. Which reminds me of the James Thurber essay about his micro class (Instructor: "That's your eye! You're drawing the inside of your eye!")

Regarding LCD versus hard copy, I don't notice any difference. But my Zod has a very gray screen at its usual 40% brightness level.
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