Researchers at Fujitsu have upped the ante in the very competitive E-reader market by releasing a group of color E-readers in their new FLEPia line. These E-readers incorporate Fujitsu’s ground breaking color e-paper and appear to be the very first in a new wave of colour E-readers. This offers Fujitsu the technical lead more than equivalent devices like the Kindle that are nevertheless stuck back in the black and white era. The announcement by Fujitsu comes on the heels of the release of the new Kindle 2. and it will be exciting to see how the people from Amazon react to the latest salvo in an ever competitive battle for practically nothing less than the future of printed media.
These new devices from Fujitsu are at present being tested as a point of sale (POS) terminal in the Termina Kinshicho Fujiya restaurant in Tokyo as an interactive menu. In addition to permitting diners to select their menu options by tapping its sexy touchscreen, the device also gives patrons access to train schedules, local climate, and other purchasing internet sites. It does this by way of its wireless LAN connection, all from the convenience of their table, and all in living color. The device is also thinner than several other E-readers like the Kindle and has a bigger screen as properly. Even though this is a modest test with only a few E-readers being utilized, it does represent a fantastic application for the technologies and could be an indication of things to come.
The E-readers from Fujitsu are being presented in two sizes and three colors: white pearl, pink pearl and silver. They are both a very slim 12 mm thick and have a clean and organized look. The larger of the two (A4) has a letter sized show and weighs about 480 grams. The slightly smaller (A5) version is letter sized and weighs just 320 grams. The show is an XGA high quality that supports 768 X 1024 and either eight or 4096 colors can be selected. Each of them sport an internal wireless LAN connection that enables them to connect to the regional network for communication and downloading of content. The units incorporate a 4GB SD flash memory card to supply for neighborhood storage of content and with the minimal storage specifications of most newspapers and magazines this should be sufficient space to maintain you entertained for very a while. For navigation the E-reader has a compliment of six buttons and a scroll key on the reduced portion of the device, positioned for easy access as effectively as a touchscreen display. The units also support a USB two. connection port as nicely as internal stereo speakers.
Fujitsu claims that a single charge of the battery will give you 50 hours of operation. This is achievable simply because of the way that e-paper performs. In contrast to a standard LCD show, e-paper only calls for power to initially draw the image. As soon as the image is displayed, there is no further energy needed to sustain it. This is 1 element that makes e-paper the best medium for ebooks since reading requires the display of a page of text that is static even though you are reading the web page, and then modifications prior to another long period of rest as you study the subsequent page. An additional nice function of the Fujitsu E-reader is that it incorporates a touchscreen display. This tends to make navigation much easier and allows for more interactive menus and programs than relying on a scroll key and navigation buttons alone. These two characteristics are what genuinely sets it apart from other existing E-readers and could prove to be the subsequent milestone for the Kindle to attain. Presently the retail on these new units is close to 3 occasions the expense of the new Kindle, but count on this to drop as much more FLEPia units are sold and production increases. For now, the FLEPia unit looks to be the king of the hill in the E-reader space, but anticipate other folks to challenge it soon.