Amazon Developing a Dual-Display Kindle Tablet; E-Ink Back and Full-Color Front

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. dgstorm

    dgstorm Editor in Chief Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2010
    Messages:
    8,600
    Likes Received:
    2,302
    Trophy Points:
    378
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Ratings:
    +2,399
    [​IMG]

    Now here's novel idea that shows Amazon is thinking outside the box and providing value to its customers. Amazon just patented a dual-display tablet, with a screen on both sides. At first, you might think, why would I want that? If you delve deeper into the patent, you see a great reason why. One side of the tablet will have your traditional full-color display, while the other side uses Amazon's Kindle E-Ink/E-Reader style display. That's pretty clever, because it gives tablet users and people who love to read e-books the best of both worlds.

    For now, the technology doesn't quite exist yet that would allow you to have a full-color display that can also dual as a flat E-reader. The glossy touch screen simply is not conducive to the E-ink technology, but until some genius engineer figures out a way to merge the two technologies properly, this new patent from Amazon makes for a brilliant work-around. For now this is just a patent, but you can bet money that Amazon is already working on bringing this concept to market. We will keep an eye out and let you know as soon as we see anything concrete.

    Source: Kindle-FireForum via BGR
     
  2. BJPalmer85

    BJPalmer85 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Messages:
    260
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Louisville, KY
    Ratings:
    +6
    sign me up. I love my kindle and have always wanted a tablet. I hope they drop this before my kindle craps out. Ill be on this on day 1

    B
     
  3. FoxKat

    FoxKat DF Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    Messages:
    11,906
    Likes Received:
    2,637
    Trophy Points:
    678
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Ratings:
    +2,845
    Current Phone Model:
    Droid Turbo, and Nexus 6!
    There is already a low-power full-color (well muted...but still) display technology out there by Qualcomm called Mirasol (Iridescent Displays - Technology Review).

    0512-demo1_xfinal.jpg

    These are not either back-lit (like LCD or Passive LED) or direct radiating (such as OLED or Active Matrix LED), they are reflective, meaning they use the ambient light in the room or in direct sunlight to display. It seems this could merge with the "e-ink" technology to accomplish that goal.

    I am waiting for the real thing to come along, where the display looks exactly like printed paper or photographs, full color and vibrant. I am sure we'll see it in our lifetimes, if not within the next decade.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. Big Ry

    Big Ry Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2010
    Messages:
    1,313
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Blacksburg, VA
    Ratings:
    +10
    That things gonna need like a 10,000mAh battery

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
     
  5. tjk629

    tjk629 Silver Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2010
    Messages:
    3,035
    Likes Received:
    65
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Ratings:
    +65
    I feel really bad. I saw this, and thought it said Apple instead of Amazon. Blah, too much Apple this week. :blink:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  6. johnomaz

    johnomaz Silver Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2010
    Messages:
    2,714
    Likes Received:
    404
    Trophy Points:
    148
    Location:
    Central Valley, California
    Ratings:
    +442
    Current Phone Model:
    Nexus 6
    Great, now I have to buy my wife one of these. She loves her eInk Kindle and is the primary reason she doesn't want a tablet (though we bought a Transformer Prime and ended up selling it, it just say as she used her Kindle).
     
  7. johnomaz

    johnomaz Silver Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2010
    Messages:
    2,714
    Likes Received:
    404
    Trophy Points:
    148
    Location:
    Central Valley, California
    Ratings:
    +442
    Current Phone Model:
    Nexus 6
    Not really, one one screen is on at a time and eInk is VERY good on battery life. It only uses power to change the image dislayed and then no power at all.
     
  8. nikecar

    nikecar Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2011
    Messages:
    1,238
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Ratings:
    +19
    i'd be afraid of damagin the other side.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Bilgediver

    Bilgediver Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2010
    Messages:
    910
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    On Board a ship
    Ratings:
    +4
    Actually the pixel qi screen seemed similar

    Sent from My Droid RAZR MAXX with Tapatalk.
     
  10. FoxKat

    FoxKat DF Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    Messages:
    11,906
    Likes Received:
    2,637
    Trophy Points:
    678
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Ratings:
    +2,845
    Current Phone Model:
    Droid Turbo, and Nexus 6!
  11. Xplorer4x4

    Xplorer4x4 Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,004
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Evansville,IN
    Ratings:
    +4
    Dual Display should be Dual Sided in the title imo. Dual Display makes me think a set up like a Nintendo DS or that Pantech Tablet that came out awhile back that had 2 screens. Anyways, I am not sure I see a big market for this. Geeks may prefer the e-ink display for pure reading, but I think the casual user will find the typical LCD screens used for tablets are sufficient.
     
Search tags for this page

dual display watch color eink

,

kindle tablet and eink dual screen