There’s good news and bad news about Mirasol

I’m just back from the CES On The Hill event this evening and I have good news, bad news, and fan-fricking-tastic news about about Mirasol. I think I’ll lead with the good news.

How do you light a reflective screen?  I’d go with a clip on light, myself, but the only real way to integrate a light source would be to embed a front light. That’s what Qualcomm did with their new Mirasol demo. And this is indeed their new demo; it’s the first time it’s been shown off.

I wish I were going to SID Display Week next week; they promised to have one with an ambient light sensor. This one had a pair of buttons on the back to increase and decrease the brightness.

The bad news is that the finished products won’t hit the market until fall. Yep, it’s delayed again, darnit.

And the really great news is that Qualcomm offered to fly me to Taiwan next time that they have a sponsored trip. (I can feel the waves of  jealousy from here.) I’m definitely going to take them up on it; there’s no way I could afford it otherwise.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Julie10 May, 2011

    Nate, that is indeed fan-fricking-tastic! Very cool.

  2. Mike Cane10 May, 2011

    Make sure to disclose the free trip if it happens.

    Delayed until fall. Hm, Amazon or B&N?

    1. Nate Hoffelder10 May, 2011

      I don’t think B&N are a partner.

      At the very least, Mirasol probably won’t make an appearance at the 24 May launch.

      1. Mike Cane11 May, 2011

        B&N = NookColor II for fall. “Everything you loved about the NookColor, but now even more.”

        But I think Amazon. Don’t think Mirasol has that hi-res a screen.

  3. yuzutea10 May, 2011

    Included light IS very nice. I wonder how this compares to Pixel Qi’s screen.

  4. Kevin Montgomery10 May, 2011

    Delayed until fall for screen production or for a customer to get a reader to market? Nate, did you get any sense of when in fall?

    1. Nate Hoffelder10 May, 2011

      The fall date is for the device hitting the market.

  5. igorsk10 May, 2011

    Who wants to bet we won’t see devices in fall? Well, unless you count late November/December as “fall”.

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