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1/12/2010 03:00 PM EST
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rick merritt
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rick merritt   8/29/2013 8:02:46 PM
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I'm still waiting for one. Gave away my Chromecast Monday because my TV is one of the last models in the world with no HDMI port!

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Nirav Desai   1/14/2010 8:46:53 AM
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Hi Rick. The Foleo comes close to what I am suggesting. We could have a netbook sized self powered keyboard to go with the self powered display and it will make it all the more attractive. The MEMs stylus could be used with the smartphone alone or with the display as a better substitute for a mouse. As your article points out, the critics didn't like the Foleo because it was large, underpowered and too expensive. None of these problems exist with the smartphones today. If we look at the Nexus One, it has a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 4 Gb flash memory which costs $175 and sells for $217. An additional standalone 10" display should cost around $50 and coupled with a keyboard, could sell for around $100. Now, netbooks costs typically $200-300 and if I already have a $200 smartphone which is as powerful as a netbook, I would rather spend $100 on an additional Foleo style display-keyboard combo than a $200 netbook. So I think today there is a huge potential market for Foleo style display - keyboard combos to go with Nexus One Style Smart Phones.

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Nirav Desai   1/14/2010 8:46:53 AM
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Hi Rick. The Foleo comes close to what I am suggesting. We could have a netbook sized self powered keyboard to go with the self powered display and it will make it all the more attractive. The MEMs stylus could be used with the smartphone alone or with the display as a better substitute for a mouse. As your article points out, the critics didn't like the Foleo because it was large, underpowered and too expensive. None of these problems exist with the smartphones today. If we look at the Nexus One, it has a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 4 Gb flash memory which costs $175 and sells for $217. An additional standalone 10" display should cost around $50 and coupled with a keyboard, could sell for around $100. Now, netbooks costs typically $200-300 and if I already have a $200 smartphone which is as powerful as a netbook, I would rather spend $100 on an additional Foleo style display-keyboard combo than a $200 netbook. So I think today there is a huge potential market for Foleo style display - keyboard combos to go with Nexus One Style Smart Phones.

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rick merritt   1/14/2010 12:29:28 AM
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Hey Nirav: I love your idea for a MEMS stylus! Jeff Hawkins tried and failed in a big way to do the smartphone companion product you mention. See http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml;?articleID=201804047 And we need to tell "The Atlantic" that Philips pulled its autostereoscopic tech from the market last year because it won't be ready for prime time until we get 4x higher res displays. See http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml;?articleID=216500606

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rick merritt   1/14/2010 12:29:28 AM
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Hey Nirav: I love your idea for a MEMS stylus! Jeff Hawkins tried and failed in a big way to do the smartphone companion product you mention. See http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml;?articleID=201804047 And we need to tell "The Atlantic" that Philips pulled its autostereoscopic tech from the market last year because it won't be ready for prime time until we get 4x higher res displays. See http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml;?articleID=216500606

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TRSHANER   1/13/2010 6:32:30 PM
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Thanks Nirav! Now if Mirasol can get the price down for a 10" or larger display, then the "Ulimate Geek E-Reader" may almost be a reality. Gotta love electronics technology! I've been in it for over 40-years, from vacuum tubes to 32nM silicon...and not bored yet!

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TRSHANER   1/13/2010 6:32:30 PM
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Thanks Nirav! Now if Mirasol can get the price down for a 10" or larger display, then the "Ulimate Geek E-Reader" may almost be a reality. Gotta love electronics technology! I've been in it for over 40-years, from vacuum tubes to 32nM silicon...and not bored yet!

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Nirav Desai   1/13/2010 5:46:27 PM
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Hi TRSHANER. The technology that you need with a color capable screen without backlit LCD is here. The Qualcomm MEMs based Mirasol displays do just what you need. They are targeting these for the regular sized E-Book readers. Here's a link: http://www.mirasoldisplays.com/index-mirasol-display-technology.php

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Nirav Desai   1/13/2010 5:46:27 PM
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Hi TRSHANER. The technology that you need with a color capable screen without backlit LCD is here. The Qualcomm MEMs based Mirasol displays do just what you need. They are targeting these for the regular sized E-Book readers. Here's a link: http://www.mirasoldisplays.com/index-mirasol-display-technology.php

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TRSHANER   1/13/2010 2:32:07 PM
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Your opinion that E-Books are the "Edsel" of mobile computing completely ignores the fact that the Amazon Kindle E-Book is already very successful. Yes, there will be better E-Book readers. Will Apple's E-Book introduction sweep the market and kill-off all competing products....No way! I do agree with you that "Tablet PCs" will never take off, which just reinforces the need for devices like E-Book readers. Like most people employed in the technology industry, I access a HUGE amount of information on paper, the Web and other electronic media. My biggest problem is with PAPER.......it just keeps piling up: Magazines, Catalogs, and endless pages printed out and stapled together on PAPER! Sure I have much of this "stuff" on my laptop, but somehow it never feels the same as reading it on PAPER! E-Book readers address this issue with their monochrome non-backlit displays, which is much easier on the eyes. Problem is that they currently lack the features required for easy reading of "technical documents." This includes a larger screen size with color capability, but please not that nasty backlit LCD on my laptop! There is also a need for better organizing, cataloging and storing documents both on and off the device, as well as search and lookup criteria for the information within those documents. Apple's introduction into the E-Book market may address all of these requirements, but the larger screen model required for easier reading of "technical" documents will be priced way too high for most people's budget. It's only a mater of time before someone comes out with the "Ultimate Geek E-Reader" at an affordable price! My 2 worth!

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