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Budget Cool-er Reader with Color Touchscreen and 3G Planned for Early Next Year
#1  dmikov 09-14-2009, 09:36 AM
From Gismodo http://gizmodo.com/5358685/budget-cool+er-reader-with-color-touchscreen-and-3g-planned-for-early-next-year

Looks like cool-er picking up speed.
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#2  wallcraft 09-14-2009, 10:48 AM
I don't know where Gismodo got the color screen, touchscreen, and 3G from. The original article from electricpig says:
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We grilled Interead’s CEO Neil Jones about his plans, and he let slip that the company would have something big and something new on show at CES, the gigantic Las Vegas gadget expo held in January every year. ”We have some really sexy ideas that we’re going to talk about in January…(That will) set us well apart from the competition,” he told us.
So, they are going to introduce something at CES, most likely another Netronix-based device, and talk there about future plans.
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#3  jackau 09-14-2009, 10:59 AM
that will be either the Netronix EB600 grace with touch 3g or the Swiftie. The Swiftie has a 600 MHZ CPU, which is a lot faster. yet if this is on the under 200 USD range. It will be the Grace.

It is still the EB600 platform, not the ALL NEW EB900 range.

The NTX software has already added a search function that is likely to suit a touch screen more than a a D pad!

However, I question the need for touch screen on E readers. I do not know which one works out more expensive in production, but by user interface / screen glare / protection perspective, I am against a touch screen!





jack
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#4  dmikov 09-14-2009, 01:52 PM
Quote wallcraft
I don't know where Gismodo got the color screen, touchscreen, and 3G from. The original article from electricpig
Probably from the next paragraph of the article:

He said that would change with the “experience of colour” screens, but whether that’ll be possible on a Cool-er as soon as January remains to be seen
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#5  Abecedary 09-14-2009, 02:27 PM
Quote dmikov
Probably from the next paragraph of the article:

He said that would change with the “experience of colour” screens, but whether that’ll be possible on a Cool-er as soon as January remains to be seen
Which is interesting, because when I read that paragraph from the electricpig article, I came to pretty much the exact opposite conclusion that the guy from Gizmodo did. Guess we'll know in a few months.
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#6  brecklundin 09-14-2009, 02:39 PM
I too read it to mean simply mean they will be color readers as in the case is color...unless they are going with a 3Qi based device as several other brands appear to be doing.
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#7  Abecedary 09-14-2009, 02:51 PM
Quote brecklundin
I too read it to mean simply mean they will be color readers as in the case is color...unless they are going with a 3Qi based device as several other brands appear to be doing.
It's possible that I've missed something, but have any companies confirmed that they have 3Qi devices in the works? I know there's some speculation, but I don't think I've seen anything citing specific companies or specific devices yet.
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#8  brecklundin 09-14-2009, 02:57 PM
Quote Abecedary
It's possible that I've missed something, but have any companies confirmed that they have 3Qi devices in the works? I know there's some speculation, but I don't think I've seen anything citing specific companies or specific devices yet.
Astak has the "True" I seem to recall. And that means there will be several brands with the same device maybe with different firmware and/or some other hardware options.

EDIT: No that is not the name. The True is their BIG reader with the Flexible display (I think??)...but somewhere in that gawd awful huge Astak thread is where Bobbie mentions the PixelQi device and the negotiations, I think he got in hot water for talking about it though...nothing new there ...hehehehe...
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#9  sassanik 09-14-2009, 03:47 PM
Yeah I read Electropig's article and did not think that he was talking about a new color e-ink screen, rather saying that you would not want to read GQ or magazines on a Cool-er until the color e-ink screens come out.

Its good to hear there is more stuff in the works!


Amy
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