The Books in Browsers Conference Kicks Off Today, and You Can Watch it Online

booksinbrowserslogo_xl[1]If you have a chance to knock off work early today and tomorrow, there's a conference you might want to catch. The fifth annual Books in Browsers  conference is being held today, and the sessions are also being streamed online.

Described as "a small summit for the new generation of internet publishing companies, focusing on developers and designers who are building and launching tools for online storytelling, expression, and art", Books in Browsers tends to spend more time on the theoretical than the practical, which sets it apart from your average digital publishing conference. Continue reading

Qualcomm Announces New Mirasol Screen Tech at Display Week 2014

qualcomm mirasol display week 2014Qualcomm unveiled its next-generation version Mirasol display at SID Display Week 2014 last week. The new screen tech is called SMI (single mirror IMOD), and if/when it hits production it promises to offer richer color than Qualcomm's existing Mirasol screen tech.

IMOD, or Interferometric modulator display, is a type of reflective display that creates color not by shining light through a pixel but by manipulating a micro-cavity in the display. Changing the shape of the cavity makes different colors appear. Continue reading

E-ink Booth Tour at Computex 2014

27a[1]Due to unfortunate timing, E-ink ended up having to have a booth at two different trade shows last week. I reported on one booth at SID Display Week, and here is Charbax's report from E-ink's booth at Computex 2014.

As you can see in the video, E-ink shows off a number of interesting gadgets at Computex (more in fact than they showed at Display Week) including a couple Hello Kitty gadgets, Sony's 13.3" writing slate, the PocketBook CoverReader with an integrated E-ink display, and the Fujitsu Navit. Continue reading

A Brief Hands On With Printless Plans’ 21″ eReader

zephyr 2When Printless Plans announced the Zephyr last November I was pretty sure I would never see it. Today I was proven wrong.

I caught up with Jonathan Meyers and Jared Lyles of Printless Plans today at Display Week 2014, and while they couldn't answer my questions about price or release date they did have a prototype for me to play with.

It is huge. Continue reading

PlasticLogic Debuts New Flexible AMOLED Prototype at Display Week 2014

image003PlasticLogic has been teasing me since January with hints of their new flexible AMOLED screen tech, and today I finally got to see it in person.

PlasticLogic had their new prototype on display today. Like the previous demo units, it uses a color filter on top of a flexible grayscale screen, but unlike the earlier units this one was capable of 256 shades of gray and was capable of full 30fps video. Continue reading