3D color longterm stable liquid crystal displays on way?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

A research team from the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has announced a technological development that could deliver “optically rewritable 3D liquid crystal displays” that do “not need any power to hold the image [...]

The Inventor of E Ink Technology Nominated for European Inventor Award

By Dan Eldridge
April 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

I won’t pretend to be familiar with the European Inventor Award myself, but according to the European Patent Office, “it pays tribute to the men and women whose quest for new ideas drives technological progress and economic growth, shapes society and improves our daily lives.” [...]

Thanks to Michigan researchers, e-readers and tablets are about to become much more colorful

By Dan Eldridge
February 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

According to a February 6 article that appeared on, a website for “chief information officers and other IT leaders,” researchers at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor “have found a way to make colors more vivid on an e-reader screen, which could lead to the creation [...]

New low-refresh screen may remove eyestrain from LCD

By libertyc
November 7, 2012 // 4 Comments

The LCD vs e-ink eyestrain debates have been going on for some time, but one factor in the difference is the refresh rate. E-ink sits still like paper once it’s set. It doesn’t refresh until you turn the page. LCD, on the other hand, refreshes dozens of times per second, whether it’s on a TV, [...]

Is Amazon planning a two-faced Android tablet?

By libertyc
July 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

I’m not sure if I buy this, but Dave Zatz of “Zatz Not Funny” is reporting a rumor that suggests Amazon’s upcoming Android tablet could have a very interesting, idiosyncratic screen display format. According to a friend of Zatz’s who was seated on a flight next to someone who claimed to [...]

Amazon’s Android Tablet(s) later this year – more on the likely display

By libertyc
May 16, 2011 // 0 Comments

The images at the left are from the HYDIS website’s “Outdoor Readability” pagefor examples of their AFFS technology’s display qualities as compared with Trans-reflective TN and and Conventional TN outdoors. AFFS is HYDIS’ signature TFT-LCD technology [...]

Patent application suggests Apple is developing a dual-mode LCD/e-ink display

By libertyc
April 8, 2011 // 1 Comment

A recently-discovered Apple patent application offers an intriguing look at a possible future for the iPad (and perhaps iPhone/iPod touch as well). AppleInsider reports that Apple is looking at placing a translucent e-ink display between the LCD display and the touch-sensitive interface layer [...]

Pandigital Novel takes second place in e-reader sales for 3Q2010

By libertyc
January 21, 2011 // 3 Comments

Mashable has an article (citing an IDC study) about the 17 million iPad units shipped in 2010, but it also focuses on the number of e-book readers that were sold. In the e-book field, they peg the Kindle selling 1.14 million units in the third quarter of 2010, but instead of Barnes & Noble the [...]

Nook Color gets 4 1/2 stars from Mobile Tech Review

By libertyc
November 30, 2010 // 3 Comments

That’s 4 1/2 out of 5 in the review by Editor-in-Chief Lisa Gade. The Nook Color is a wonderful surprise. As a long time E-Ink bookworm, I didn’t expect much from Barnes & Noble’s LCD reader. But B&N has turned out one of the hottest consumer electronics items of 2010 [...]

CNet: LCD vs. e-ink: The eyestrain debate. Thoughts on the NookColor. PCW Top 5 Tech

By libertyc
November 1, 2010 // 5 Comments

 CNet’s David Carnoy weighed in on the debate over whether or not e-book reading on LCD screen causes more eyestrain than when reading on an e-Ink screen.  For him, it doesn’t matter, but he apparently understands that for other humans it can be a problem though he prefers to think [...]

Mirasol displays delayed until 2011

By libertyc
October 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

Om Malik reports on GigaOm that Mirasol’s low-power, sunlight-readable displays, previously scheduled for launch in 2010, are now expected to come to market in early 2011. Gizmodo notes that this is also about when the new displays from Pixel Qi are going to come out. It will be interesting to [...]

Reading ebooks: LCD vs. eInk

By libertyc
September 21, 2010 // 4 Comments

There is always a lot of discussion about which screen is better for reading ebooks: and LCD screen, which is often less expensive, or eInk-type screens, which are often more expensive. Interestingly, the arguments often revolve around eyestrain, but I’m not so sure that is the real separator. [...]

Pixel Qi developing 7-inch screens

By libertyc
September 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

Mary Lou Jepson has posted on Pixel Qi’s blog about a number of new developments coming soon—most notably, the development of a new 7” Pixel Qi screen for tablets and e-readers. In addition to posting some user comments about how easy to use the 10” Pixel Qi DIY netbook conversion kits are, [...]

The New York Times on the current state of color e-book technology; color Kindle in early 2011?

By libertyc
September 13, 2010 // 6 Comments

The New York Times looked at the current state of color e-reader technology on Sunday, with an article discussing the current potential solutions (LCD, e-ink, Mirasol) and the ways in which they are currently or could soon be put to use. Meanwhile, Kindle Review suggests that a new color Kindle [...]

iPad Quick Notes: Screen shortage, smuggling, universities

By libertyc
July 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

LG, one of the companies that makes the LCD touchscreens for the iPad, reported on Thursday that it was having trouble keeping up with Apple’s demand. LG’s CEO, Kwon Young-Soo suggested that Apple might have to delay the launch of its iPad in some countries due to issues of screen supply. [...]

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