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Old 08-30-2010, 09:10 AM   #1
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LG planning super e-readers that will make the Kindle look like a toy

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By the end of 2010, we are also expecting to commence mass-production of 19-inch flexible e-papers and 9.7-inch color e-papers.
Taking that statement at face value, it appears that LG has perfected color and flexible e-paper (even if it hasn't put them in the same product). While we've had our hopes about bendy e-readers dashed before, it just doesn't make sense to create an e-paper product with a 19-inch screen where the gadget itself isn't flexible. And even though a color e-reader would probably mean recharging a lot more often than a Kindle, we'll take it over the tiring backlight of the iPad, at least for extended reading.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:05 AM   #4
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It makes one wonder what the market will be for a 19" screen. It's too big for a hand-held reading device, but too small for things like advertising screens, unless used in some sort of "array".
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It makes one wonder what the market will be for a 19" screen. It's too big for a hand-held reading device, but too small for things like advertising screens, unless used in some sort of "array".
Remember that folded newspaper demo? http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010...ts-excited.php
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Yawn. Wake me up when they're available in the shops.
I don't think they will ever be available. These articles aren't meant to herald new devices - they're only published to keep our hopes up so we won't give up and go to the dark side (iPad, or any other LCD reading device) .
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In my experience, moving parts break. I don't think I'll be buying the first generation of any bendy readers!
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It makes one wonder what the market will be for a 19" screen. It's too big for a hand-held reading device, but too small for things like advertising screens, unless used in some sort of "array".
Comics, fashion magazines, other image-heavy material that displays best in larger formats.

Not that I believe that there is anything right around the corner that is good enough yet.
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But the 19" screens they're talking about here are black and white aren't they? Fashion magazines and other image-heavy material in black and white only? Can't see it myself - or indeed colour e-ink by the end of the year.

I suppose there could be a highly specialised market for 19" e-ink monitors for those folks who can't look at an LCD screen without their eyes bleeding, but my guess is that market would be pretty small...

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But the 19" screens they're talking about here are black and white aren't they? Fashion magazines and other image-heavy material in black and white only? Can't see it myself - or indeed colour e-ink by the end of the year.
Lazy me - I didn't check further what it was about No, such a screen would need to be colour.
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It makes one wonder what the market will be for a 19" screen. It's too big for a hand-held reading device, but too small for things like advertising screens, unless used in some sort of "array".
I'm assuming it's for business use like hospitals and schools. Though I'm wondering when they will have it in color.
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I suppose there could be a highly specialised market for 19" e-ink monitors for those folks who can't look at an LCD screen without their eyes bleeding, but my guess is that market would be pretty small...
Very low power consumption is a plus. In an organisation that has many computers, it could provide a sizeable energy saving. Add in the potential for less eyes strain for operators, and it might be very attractive.

I'm not too sure many organisations would take a backward step in re-adopting monochrome displays though.
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Looks like a rehash of the Skiff ad-campaign materials. Probably the same hands modeling the device...
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Very low power consumption is a plus...
Sure, though I'd suggest that a 19" e-ink screen that refreshes fast enough for it to be usable in a general-purpose computing (as opposed to 'read a whole page of text then refresh...') wouldn't be much better energy-wise than, say, those ultra-low power monitors that someone showed off recently (LG? Samsung?) that were powered by USB. And they were colour.

Obviously though, until something actually ships this is all speculation.<shrug>

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