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Old 08-17-2010, 10:32 AM   #1
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LG Display announced a prototype solar-powered e-book reader

Looks promising:

http://thefutureofthings.com/news/10...tml?addComment

Maybe this is old news or false but thought it may interest a few people.....at MR..
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:00 PM   #2
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Man, having a solar-powered e-reader would be neat! Looks as if this company is further along than the other that just showed a solar cell attached to an e-reader...

Here's hoping development keeps moving right along. Just thinking about being able to recharge a reader without electrical current = cool (no more fears of power outages).

Thanks for the article - very interesting to see how things are developing in the e-reader world.

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Old 08-17-2010, 02:27 PM   #3
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I had heard something about this a few months back. The idea makes so much sense for basic ereaders, it would be a shame if it was never implemented. Unfortunately, with the market increasingly moving towards devices like the Nook and Kindle, which while wonderful, use a lot more power, it seems unlikely that this device will gain traction before people decide that just a basic ebook reader is not enough -- even if the user never needs to worry about charging the device.

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Old 08-17-2010, 06:26 PM   #4
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If one comes out I will definitely buy one....well unless they are stuck in one-corner-button land like the Gen3 and Kobo.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:46 PM   #5
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The question is How long do I have to stand over an expensive ereader while it charges in the sun?

Do I set it down outside and hope it'll still be there 4 hours later?

Do you leave it under a lamp at home until it's charged?

I backpacked along a short stretch of the Appalachian Trail and read only a very little (paper back then). My vacations were only a week at a time, and most readers should be able to handle that.

So other than a long time in the woods I don't see much use for a built-in solar charger.
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:04 PM   #6
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So other than a long time in the woods I don't see much use for a built-in solar charger.
Desert island. Either pole (North or South). Life raft. Post-apocalypse.

I'm running dry pretty fast, here....
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If the solar cell puts out enough in normal room lighting to run the reader and give it a bit of a charge, they just might have something.
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:30 PM   #8
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Desert island. Either pole (North or South). Life raft. Post-apocalypse.

I'm running dry pretty fast, here....
Military in the field.

A market that has millions of potential customers worldwide.
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:31 AM   #9
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I hope they don't have the famous e-ink screen fading problem. A solar powered device that faded in the sun would be a special fail.
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:41 AM   #10
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Do they have a hydro powered one for the UK? I can't see this version selling in Manchester.
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:52 AM   #11
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Methane would be a good source, too.

"Better give me the jumbo burrito...I have a lot of reading to do this afternoon."
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They could make one like those wind-up torches, or a cycle keep-fit reader.
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Methane would be a good source, too.

"Better give me the jumbo burrito...I have a lot of reading to do this afternoon."
Omigosh, the visual that evoked is just...wrong! I don't even want to know how...uh...never mind!
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Btw, this is old news.
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Omigosh, the visual that evoked is just...wrong! I don't even want to know how...uh...never mind!
Definitely...load on the hot peppers...will make the climax more.....Enticing...Just remember the Ereader will have free noseplug included in the box........
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