We’re just a little over halfway through the week and it’s already been a big one in the eReader world. The big news is that E Ink has announced the development of Triton, their new color eInk platform.
Triton is capable of displaying up to 4,096 colors by means of an RBG filter over top of their already impressive 16-shade black and white eInk display system. Because it’s still a static display like the black and white models currently available, the addition of color does not impact the battery life; you can still expect devices using Triton technology to last for a good month or so of reading as Amazon’s Kindle 3 is said to achieve.
(I still haven’t gotten my Kindle 3 to run out of juice even after this long. Well, except the time I left the WiFi on for several straight days, anyway.)
Color isn’t a big priority for me in an eReader, but it is definitely something I’m curious about, especially because it does look pretty good so far. A bit unsaturated maybe, but we have very few images to go by; I’m looking forward to more peeks as they get this tech closer to adoption by manufacturers.
I should say adoption in the west, actually. That’s the other big news this week; Hanvon, a Chinese manfacturer, debuted a gorgeous Triton-based color touchscreen eInk reader at the FPD International 2010 trade show in Tokyo.
Color models won’t make a lot of difference if, like me, you mostly read novels, but magazines, newspapers and comics are all going to start looking a lot more attractive shortly, and the prospect of touchscreen as well? I’d love a reader with that ability.
So what say you readers? Are any of you on the fence about eReaders? How do you feel they compare to the likes of the iPad, the old (and new) Nook? Will color touchscreens change your opinion one way or the other? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so please share them in the comments.
E Ink’s Triton Press Release (pdf)