Hands-on with Qualcomm's Mirasol e-reader

An up-close look at screen technology that tries to marry the battery life and easy reading of E-Ink with the video and color of traditional displays.

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.--One of the technologies that always catches my eye is a screen technology called Mirasol, which aims to marry the best of e-reader and traditional liquid crystal displays.

Mirasol uses tiny mirrors, known as microelectronic machines, to create its display, which has the low power characteristics of E-Ink displays and the video-playing and color abilities of LCDs. Qualcomm isn't making devices itself, but said e-readers using Mirasol should be out early next year, if not by the end of this year.

I got a chance to see the demo up close, and shot a quick video (embedded below).

Qualcomm has been showing early versions of Mirasol for some time , adding both color and video playback in more recent demos.

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