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Old 01-22-2007, 09:12 AM   #1
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Nemoptic says our e-paper is better than others

Color us skeptics on this one, but a French company named Nemoptic claims to have developed an electronic paper superior to that of E Ink or other electrophoretic technologies. Just what we expect from e-paper, their bistable nematic technology (also dubbed BiNem) requires power only when you change the content of the screen. In addition, the company says it's offering a better contrast ratio ("up to 15:1" versus "4:1") and a faster refresh rate than E Ink. Well, perhaps they did not update their webpage recently, but from the information I could gather, the current generation of E Ink displays has an 8:1 contrast ratio. Probably one great advantage, if true, is that you can use standard LCD production lines to manufacture BiNem display panels.

Last week, Nemoptic CTO Jacques Angele was interviewed by a French newssite, and he said that his company was about to enter the e-book market with the Sylen reader (see photo). While I don't know anything about this reader, I found on their website (here and here (PDF)) that back in 2003, there was another reader supposedly launched with BiNem technology in partnership with Taiwanese Picvue. Do you know more?
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Is it just the American in me or does everytime the French come out with something they think it's better then everyone else's?

Just to be anti-French for a sec, maybe they can do better? After all they had a lot of practice making white backgrounds.

BTW: Hadrian is cool, feedbooks was a great idea.
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Well they are still trying to build a Google clone, only better. Time will tell

Regarding the BiNem display... I think it's good that we see more and more competitors of E Ink announcing their displays. Competition is good for the business, and at the end we, the customers, will only gain through it
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Competition is good for the business, and at the end we, the customers, will only gain through it
Well, I guess that depends how much you invest in Connect purchases.
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Old 01-22-2007, 11:10 AM   #5
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Last week, Nemoptic CTO Jacques Angele was interviewed by a French newssite, and he said that his company was about to enter the e-book market with the Sylen reader (see photo). While I don't know anything about this reader, I found on their website (here and here (PDF)) that back in 2003, there was another reader supposedly launched with BiNem technology in partnership with Taiwanese Picvue. Do you know more?
Yup, I do Found this video demonstrating a prototype of the Sylen: http://www.jbouteiller.net/Le-SYLEN-...ideo_a254.html
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Well, I guess that depends how much you invest in Connect purchases.
That's right I guess
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Old 01-22-2007, 11:13 AM   #7
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Totally Gallic! As usual they appear not looking further than their noses!

The design is too thick and looks cheap. I would'nt want having to carry it around. It looks more like a game player and the bezel around it is too thick.

The page bar is on the left. Why are all companies doing this? Don't they read paper? Everyone turns pages with the right hand! Does anyone know someone with both arms who turns pages with the left hand?
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It seems that they work in partnership with Bookeen (among others).

See this link for a project description (French only, sorry).
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It seems that they work in partnership with Bookeen (among others).
... who again works with Baen to produce an e-book reader for them
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Nemoptic can save their breath until they come out with color e-paper.
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Is it just the American in me or does everytime the French come out with something they think it's better then everyone else's?
They sure can be an arrogant bunch. That's why we call them the Americans of Europe.

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They do tend to display a lot of gaul, don't they?
As my old college prof often said, "A pun is the lowest form of humor, even if you did think of it first."
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