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Mirasol Color E-Book Display Ready to Wow Readers

by Paul Strauss

The biggest issue with e-Reader displays like the ones on the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook is that while they’re really easy to read, they don’t support color. That’s all about to change, thanks to this new display tech from a little company called Mirasol. (Actually Mirasol is a little company owned by a much bigger company called Qualcomm.)


Mirasol has managed to create a display technology called IMOD (interferometric modulation), which produces an extremely low-power, highly reflective screen that can easily be read in direct sunlight. As a matter of fact, early claims are that battery life bests LCD and OLED by 8 to 15 times in real-world usage.


In addition to cranking out color images, Mirasol’s e-reader displays will be able to handle video at a refresh rate of up to 15 frames per second. While it’s not as fast at refreshing as an LCD or OLED display, battery life and readability for books should be way better – at least from the prototype photos I’ve seen.

There’s confirmed release date for the first Mirasol-based readers will hit the market, but Qualcomm has indicated that a first-gen device could arrive as early as the Fall of 2010. I can’t wait to get my hands on one and check it out up close and personal.

[via Xataka]

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Comments (7):

  1. LEDhead says:

    I’ve seen the development of this device over the last few years and it has progressed as the company has told analysts. Qcom is looking to license the technology, which I think has great potential. The trade off is resolution vs. color depth, which is probably the best trade off to have as color is a new thing on e-paper type devices. It actually works pretty well.

    • technabob says:

      Yeah, the way I figure it, reading a slightly muddy book isn’t much different from how the early attempts at color offset printing for the newspaper. I’m sure over time, they’ll improve it, but just the fact that you won’t have to charge this thing as frequently as say, an iPad, should give the tech a leg up in the e-Book market. I’ve tried reading books on my iPad, and I have to say, it’s not the same as reading on a Kindle or Nook.

  2. Daithi says:

    It’s too bad the screen is so small. I don’t think a color screen the size of a small paperback is going to go over all that well. They really should skip that size and go directly to something the size of a Kindle DX or iPad. If they release that little 5″ screen it is going to flop, and when they later release a 10″ screen the technology will already have the taint of a flop. I think the technology is really cool, but they are going to blow it by rushing to market with that 5″ screen.

    • technabob says:

      The 5.7 inch screen is just the prototype. I’m betting they’ll be making larger displays in the not-too-distant future.

    • LEDhead says:

      From what I’ve seen, they already have the larger screen. Should be out later this year. No price yet

  3. Mark says:

    This is a game changer. A lot of people are waiting for a color version of the e-ink because of the battery life and the ease of reading compared to LCD. If the screen resolution can get to 1024×768 on a 7inch screen under $300, then it will selling in the millions.

  4. Emmanuel says:

    It won’t be out before 2013

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