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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 itemsĀ  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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fjtorres November 8, 2013 um 2:37 pm

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

Nate Hoffelder November 8, 2013 um 3:08 pm

Given the color quality and size I think the thing in the middle is a photo. But there might be a Kindle Fire along the bottom left edge.

John November 9, 2013 um 3:32 am

"Let’s throw something up on the wall and see what sticks."

Nate Hoffelder November 9, 2013 um 6:39 am

LOL. This is going to keep me giggling all day.

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