Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Jan 2015 20:51 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

The PaperLike uses a 13.3-inch E Ink Fina screen that has a resolution of 1600 x 1200 (150 ppi). Fina is E Ink's glass-based display and is different from what's on the 13.3" Sony DPT-S1 PDF Reader, which has a flexible plastic-based screen.

The interesting thing about the PaperLike is that it uses so little energy that it doesn't even need to be plugged into its own power source. It connects to a laptop or desktop computer simply with a USB cable, and it gets enough power through the USB to refresh the screen.

This looks quite interesting in a cool-to-have sort of way. Too bad the price isn't exactly in the cool-to-have category.

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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Mon 26th Jan 2015 21:13 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

E-paper is a great technology, completely underused because of dumb adherence to current trends.

If Amazon wanted an iPhone-killer, they should have released an e-ink only phone with a two week long battery life and a really simple user experience (none of this Android everything-and-the-kitchen-sink experience).

Personally I'd love an e-paper phone that just did phone calls, calendar and other such PDA stuff.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Jedd on Tue 27th Jan 2015 00:15 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Jedd Member since:
2005-07-06

I completely agree with you on both of your points. ;) I especially would love to see an e-paper phone that has a long battery life and does PDA functions; that would be VERY awesome.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by lispykid on Tue 27th Jan 2015 08:14 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
lispykid Member since:
2009-02-02

Like a Palm V with e-ink. I'd buy it!

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Jedd on Tue 27th Jan 2015 09:30 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Jedd Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes! exactly PALM-like! I'd buy one for every member of my family, especially if the price was low. (Hec, it should be low, e-paper is supposed to be cheap).

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by REM2000 on Tue 27th Jan 2015 08:16 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

i completely agree and have been saying this for ages, we would have a phone screen that would be incredibly sharp and clear whilst having the ability to view the screen in direct sunlight, this is what the fire phone should have been.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by No it isnt on Tue 27th Jan 2015 11:56 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Yes, but people who buy iPhones also want to do Twitter, Facebook and chat (not to mention video and games), and e-ink is simply too slow to be useful for anything slightly interactive. An e-ink phone wouldn't be an iPhone killer, it wouldn't even be a popular consumer product.

Of course, you can already buy the YotaPhone, but 50 hours from an e-ink screen isn't all that impressive: http://www.theweek.co.uk/technology/61701/yotaphone-2-review-the-e-...

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Tue 27th Jan 2015 20:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Apologies, clarity of that statement slipped -- unlike The Batman, in order to kill the iPhone, one must not become the iPhone. There is a large market who don't want complicated phones, nor do they want to charge them every day.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by jpkx1984 on Tue 27th Jan 2015 21:47 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
jpkx1984 Member since:
2015-01-06

E-ink does not prevent FB, chat etc. E-ink needs a dedicated UI. Client applications will have to ditch animations (sliding, scrolling) which are not essential to using these services. On smartphone one uses application anyway. It is true such UI won't be iPhoney but... I see little point in creating yet another iP clone in already saturated market. Such a device would be great outdoors. I tried to mount my phone on the bike and ended up with... an extra cable to a power bank (as it won't last on the battery until the end of a typical ride) and poor readibility in direct sunlight (full backlight). Such a phone would be also useful during longer voyages as a replacement for e-book reader. I am sure many people will prefer better reading experience to better FB scrolling. One more thing: for some users smartphone UIs are flashy mess, too confusing.

Edited 2015-01-27 22:01 UTC

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