The History of the Kindle, in a Single Photo

Amazon has never been one to share the nitty gritty details about how the Kindles were developed, but today I have a treat for you. The Kindle team at Amazon shared a photo on Twitter and Facebook yesterday, and it shows a trophy wall of past Kindle prototypes. Check it out:

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No explanation was posted with the photo so there's no way to tell exactly these components are, but we can take a few guesses. The original Kindle, K2, and other prototypes on the right are fairly self explanatory, though i do wish I knew why the K3 is wired to a white board which is wired to a computer mouse.

In the center of the display are 3 f what looks to be wireless modules (3g or Wifi), and on the left are 4 development boards which may have been the very earliest prototypes. The rest of the items  I'm not sure about.

All in all, a very cool photo. If anyone at Lab126 cares to share more details, I am all ears.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

4 Comments on The History of the Kindle, in a Single Photo

  1. Think the color one is an early FIRE or a sneaky hint of things to come?

  2. “Let’s throw something up on the wall and see what sticks.”

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