Wired’s Gadget Lab blog has a feature on Qualcomm’s Mirasol display screen technology. From the writeup, the screen will work better for books, magazines, and other still-image purposes than video due to lower color saturation than viewers expect for video. However, it will be capable of 24 frames-per-second animation when it comes out.

The Mirasol’s big advantage over color LCD is that, like e-ink, it provides a low-energy “bistable” display, which can be read in all light conditions. It could allow later Kindles or other future e-book readers to give the iPad a run for its money.

Speaking of Kindle displays, Gizmodo reports that PVI (which now owns E-Ink), the company that makes Kindle displays, says it is working on color touchscreen displays. Given that Amazon just purchased a separate touchscreen company, this does not necessarily mean they will end up in the Kindle. However, since these screens are also used by all other e-ink-based readers, they could very well end up in a future Sony, Astak, etc.


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