CES: Bridgestone’s new screen tech was a major disappointment

CES: Bridgestone's new screen tech was a major disappointment Conferences & Trade shows Reviews One of the things I was looking forward to at CES was getting a chance to look at Bridgestone's QR-LPD screens. This is a type of color epaper technology that's been under development for quite a few years and is only just beginning to hit the market.

Vivitek is the distribution partner for the ereaders with the Bridgestone screen, and they were at CES this year.They brought both devices I'd heard about before: an 8.2" eReader and a 13.1" (e-Pad as they called it).

CES: Bridgestone's new screen tech was a major disappointment Conferences & Trade shows Reviews

There was a third example of Bridgestone's screen in the booth; it measured 4.1" and was designed to be shelf tags in a super market.

CES: Bridgestone's new screen tech was a major disappointment Conferences & Trade shows Reviews

I only have a video of the 8" ereader because the larger device just didn't do enough to justify shooting a video. It's targeted at the professional market and the demo software running on it was designed for real estate agents and couldn't actually do much.

The colors on the Bridgestone screen would best be described as washed out. Screen refresh was slow, and the ereader couldn't actually do much besides turn the page. (If you can't see the color in the photo or video, try watching again in HD.)

As you can see from the video, the screen refresh rate was slow. But I'm told that the software is still under development, so hopefully that will improve.

The 8.2" eReader is expected to be available soon in Taiwan and they don't know when the e-Pad will be released.

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  1. Dom's Blog » Blog Archive » Bridgestone shows off QR-LPD display, the future looks dim13 January, 2011

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  2. […] is the same screen that I saw at CES 2011, and it also has made a number of appearance in the past year. The most notable was at a digital […]

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  3. […] is both good and bad. The demo units on display at CES were under-equipped and had washed out screens, but the same screens showed fascinating potential […]

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  4. […] were supposed to have an e-reader out in July of last year? I wonder what happened to it. I saw a pre-production sample at CES, but I never heard if it was actually released. […]

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  5. […] While I don’t have specifics on the device she’ll be using, I suspect that it will look something like the one at right. That electronic tablet was developed by Tebaldo, a tech company that is investigating new opportunities created by epaper screens. The tablet is based on a Bridgestone screen similar to the ones which were on display at CES 2011. […]

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  6. […] of Delta was a couple months back. They had decided to junk their plans for the (crappy looking) 8″ and 13″ epaper tablets that I saw at CES 2011 because, well, they were crap. The display models at CES were slow to […]

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  7. […] on their screen tech.It’s been a while since I last covered them, so let me assure you that you shouldn’t regret never getting the chance to buy a screen like the one above. Bridgestone’s screen tech has […]

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  8. […] is both good and bad. The demo units on display at CES were under-equipped and had washed out screens, but the same screens showed fascinating potential […]

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