Is it true? Can the days of turning pages soon be coming to an end? The answer is both yes and no, well sort of. This week Royal Phillips Electronics and Sony Corporation released the first consumer application of E Ink. Yep, you read correctly. Those who like to follow such technology, myself included, have been hearing about this development for years. It looks as though it’s finally becoming a reality. The electronic paper display module in Sony’s new e-Book reader, LIBRI, is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in late April. According to the press release “this first ever Philips’ display utilizes E Ink’s revolutionary electronic ink technology which offers a truly paper-like reading experience with contrast that is the same as newsprint.”
Here is more from the companies’ press release. “The Electronic Paper Display is reflective and can be easily read in bright sunlight or dimly lit environments while being able to be seen at virtually any angle – just like paper. Its black and white ink-on-paper look, combined with a resolution in excess of most portable devices at approximately 170 pixels per inch (PPI), gives an appearance similar to that of the most widely read material on the planet – newspaper. Because the display uses power only when an image is changed, a user can read more than 10,000 pages before the four AAA Alkaline batteries need to be replaced. The unique technology also results in a compact and lightweight form factor allowing it to be ideal for highly portable applications. Sony’s e-Book reader LIBRI, the first device to utilize Philips’ display solution for enhanced reading, is similar in size and design to a paperback book. LIBRI allows users to download published content, such as books or comic strips from the Internet, and enjoy it anywhere at any time. LIBRI can store up to 500 downloaded books.” Read more about it at: http://www.eink.com/news/releases/pr70.html.