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Comment Re:I used Pixel Qi (Score 1) 191

If you use capacitive, wacom or some other touch screen technologies that don't reduce visibility of the screen, then the touch screen is going to be just as visible as if it wasn't a touch screen. The Sony touch screen e-ink uses a resistive touch screen, which ads some glare and blurry layer on top of the screen. Anyways, Pixel Qi works with any touch screen technologies.

Comment 3G module = $50 extra (Score 1) 191

There's probably going to be an option to get an unlocked 3G module with SIM card reader, but it'll currently cost you at least $50 extra. But it'd be unlocked and you could use any SIM card you want from a telecom that allows any device on their network and provides SIM cards for that. In Europe you can get SIM cards for free and only have to pay starting 5€ per month for data services on it, especially for the few hundreds of megabytes per months which are probably enough for downloading e-books and doing basic web browsing.

Comment Pixel Qi is being mass manufactured (Score 2, Interesting) 191

The Pixel Qi screen is designed to cost about the same as a regular LCD screen, especially once mass produced by the millions. And Pixel Qi is confirming that their technology is not being mass produced by LCD manufacturers without them having had to change anything in the LCD factories, thus as soon as the orders for millions of these screens comes in, I think you could find a 10" Pixel Qi with a Bill of Material below $60 including the capacitive touch screen.

Comment Pixel Qi LCD = e-ink (Score 1) 191

Check out the Pixel Qi LCD screen technology, provide e-ink quality ereading and very low power consumption when turning off the backlight, and you can turn on the backlight to get the full color qualities of regular LCD screens as well when you want to browse the Internet or watch some movies. All on the same screen: http://armdevices.net/2010/01/08/charbax-tests-pixel-qi-at-ces-2010/

Comment Chicken and the Egg (Score 1) 191

It's a bit like the Chicken and the Egg problem. You can't really use laptops to read textbooks. Once students all have low power readable tablets at $99, the affordable if not totally free access to all books and all textbooks is an obvious development. Even if the publishers will want to keep prices of digital versions of textbooks high, students will very easily be able to pirate them. This will force a new business model to monetize the work of authors. Such as one that is already used with libraries. Borrowing books from the library is free while authors are compensated directly accordingly with the popularity of their work through some sorts of taxes. Authors whos books are in libraries are compensated by how many times people borrows their books, which could be even more precisely counted using e-readers by counting the actual exact use and popularity of each ebook page.

Comment I used Pixel Qi (Score 4, Interesting) 191

It's as good as e-ink for reading. Check my video: http://armdevices.net/2010/01/08/charbax-tests-pixel-qi-at-ces-2010/ I tested it only for a few minutes though, I didn't actually read much on it, just had time to check it out outdoors and indoors at Computex 2009 and at CES 2010 as I was filming those Pixel Qi videos. It's very very readable and the whole 10" screen currently uses less than 500 milliwatts which means potentially reaching 50 hours battery runtime using an ARM processor to turn e-book pages on a 3-cell netbook-sized battery.
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Submission + - Archos opens up Linux Tablets to developers (archos.com) 1

Charbax writes: On the one side you have the closed iPad for $499-$829, on the other you have dozens of awesome open ARM Powered Linux Tablets coming to the market from MSI, Asus, ICD, Notion Ink, HP, Dell and others, most are based on Android and are likely to foster competition that can provide cheaper and better Tablets than Apple. Archos is the only manufacturer with powerful Android Tablets on the market since October 2009, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (8GB) is now available for $249 in Radio Shack and (16GB) for $279 in Best Buy. Today, Archos is releasing the Special Edition Firmware that adds an Ångström Linux as a dual-boot for their latest Archos 5 Internet Tablet generation so that developers can start developing powerful Linux solutions for the Archos Linux tablets and not only do Android stuff.

Comment Re:Not a $100 laptop (Score 1) 220

isupply.com usually makes Bill Of Material calculations on all these devices. They and other such industry analysts websites can inform on the component costs. Smart phones like iphone and Android phones are usually below $150 in Bill of Materials (+/- $30 depending on the screen quality and quality of other few components used) and it's usually below $10 in manufacturing costs.

Comment Re:OLPC? (Score 1) 220

OLPC are working on something like this, and ARM Powered OLPC laptop, it is called the XO 1.75, it will likely be based on the Marvell Armada 610 or 510 processor, thus faster than this, and run 50 hours on a battery with the latest 100mw Pixel Qi screen, check my videos of that processor at CES 2010: http://armdevices.net/2010/01/18/marvell-slim-desktop-solution-ebox-based-on-the-marvell-armada-510-processor/ also running Chromium OS: http://armdevices.net/2010/01/14/marvell-runs-chromium-os-on-the-armada-510/

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