Here’s a 10 minute preview of the Alex eReader, a dual-screen color and eInk reader coming soon from Borders. It’s my favorite of the 30 or so I had a chance eReaders that I had a chance to see at CES2010. Lots of neat features…take a look. It’s a long video, but worth it.
Two videos of an incredible new text-to-speech device from Intel Health, the Intel Reader. A portable Text-to-Speech processor, it will take a photo of any text, OCR it, and then read it to you. It also saves each piece of this process, the photo, the text file, and the audio, and gives you access to it on your computer. I can see libraries of all types using these both internally for quick digitization, and for possible patron checkout.
Qualcomm had an engineering sample of their new low-power, video capable display technology called Mirasol at CES2010. It is heavily rumored that this will be the display for the next generation Amazon Kindle, and while the person I spoke with wouldn’t confirm that, they did confirm that there will be an eReader device for sale with this technology in the 4th Quarter of 2010. In person, this display was beautiful…great color, incredible resolution.
Technical specifications were hard to come by, as this is still in heavy development, but I got confirmation that the most recent version of Mirasol will do 65,000+ colors at 30 frames per second, all at a fraction of the power drain of LCD technology. I’m very excited, and will have more information on this technology later this year.