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The Highest Resolution eBook Reader Yet

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Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of ebook readers, since I already have a notebook that I carry around with me. With it I can do much more than just read books, newspapers and magazines--I can carry around my whole computing experience, for the most part.

But the the Skiff Reader, announced today by Skiff, LLC and Sprint is quite a departure from existing ebook readers.

First, the Skiff reader is large, measuring in at 11.5-inches for the screen itself. Second, Skiff claims that the unit is strong yet able to remain thin thanks to the use of what the company calls foil-display technology. Instead of using glass, the Skiff reader's screen surface is made from stainless steel foil. According the company, the screen is flexible and is able to withstand pressure that glass screens cannot endure.

A quote from the company:

The Skiff Reader is designed not just for sleekness but also for durability. It is the first consumer product to feature the next-generation of e-paper display – one based on a thin, flexible sheet of stainless-steel foil. This contrasts with the fragile glass that is the foundation of almost every electronic screen – and a primary source of vulnerability and breakage risk in the devices that incorporate them. Skiff has worked closely with LG Display (NYSE: LPL), one of the world's leading display manufacturers and the innovator of the foil-display technology, to optimize and implement this first-of-its-kind non-glass display uniquely for the Skiff Reader.

Lastly, and most importantly, the Skiff reader sports a screen resolution of 1600x1200, making it the highest resolution ebook reader yet. With that kind of resolution on a 11.5-inch display, images and text should look fantastic.

The Skiff will also come with built in WiFi and 3G capabilities. We will probably get to play with it at CES this week.

[Via Gizmodo, via Skiff]

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    chris13th , January 4, 2010 8:35 PM
    The High Resolution eBook Reader Yet?
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    chris13th , January 4, 2010 8:35 PM
    The High Resolution eBook Reader Yet?
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    pharge , January 4, 2010 8:59 PM
    hmm... it looks nice. ... but

    ...

    How much it is going to be?
    It seems to be touch controled... but does it suppoer multi-touch? Can we save notes and high light the text?
    What's going to be the source of eBooks? What formate is it going to support?
    Since it is ebook.. I assume its battery life will be long... but since it is flexable..I will assume the battery will be the Li-polymer (like the one used in iPod)...
    since it is flexable..... it we bend it... and break it.. will it covered by the warrenty?..lol
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    techseven , January 4, 2010 9:02 PM
    Is it too good to be true? It's so sleek and nice, everyone will "need it"....
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    Assmar , January 4, 2010 9:07 PM
    They meant "highest" but we still understood what they meant.

    I'm not sure I have enough arms/legs to be able to afford this product :( 
  • 2 Hide
    Anonymous , January 4, 2010 9:10 PM
    The worse article title yet?
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    Assmar , January 4, 2010 9:12 PM
    PostmanPatThe worse article title yet?

    Haha, your malapropism was intentional right? Moron...
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    UmeNNis , January 4, 2010 9:21 PM
    No E-Ink? :( 
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2010 9:49 PM
    Finally, something to hopefully replace the Kindle!

    Let's just hope that this plays out and is affordable.
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    kingssman , January 4, 2010 10:09 PM
    you can buy a lot of newspaper for $100
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    ethanolson , January 4, 2010 10:13 PM
    It's just the Bridgestone reader!
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    darkknight22 , January 4, 2010 11:35 PM
    how do you typo an effing TITLE?!?!
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    matt87_50 , January 4, 2010 11:45 PM
    holy crap! on a screen that small? lets think about this!
    the 20" widescreen I'm using at work has the smallest pixels I've seen on a screen. and this ereader has more pixels on 1/4 the size!

    that WOULD look fantastic!

    mind you, I'm not so sure that its res that is the biggest problem when it comes to making these things as easy on the eyes as paper
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    fflam , January 5, 2010 12:04 AM
    Quote:
    but since it is flexable..I will assume the battery will be the Li-polymer (like the one used in iPod)...
    since it is flexable..... it we bend it... and break it.. will it covered by the warrenty?..lol


    i don't think it is flexible. the top image is not the same device as shown below. first it is way thinner on top, and also there is a black border and a black "hand hold" indent on the bottom image. now I'm sure the scree it self is flexible, but i doubt the entire device is flexible.
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    Anonymous , January 5, 2010 12:48 AM
    Price?
    If it's e-ink technology,the price will be closer to $1000 than to $100!
    I guess it'll be around a $700 initial street price,going down after that.

    If it's reflective LCD technology, I expect a device like this to cost around 200-250 bucks street price.

    Battery life will be interesting, and also if they are going to provide the device with a flexible frame too!

    I'm not so for flexible devices, they are only good for not breaking when you have it packed in a book bag, but I wouldn't want a device like this to be too flexible like for instance silicone or so... I do hope it still retains some sort of stiffness, and that the stainless steel back won't feel too cold.

    Battery life, processor speed, page turn speed, file type recognition, and info on extra feats (like wifi, 3G, audio playback,etc..) are perhaps pretty interesting to know when the device comes out!
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    gilbertfh , January 5, 2010 5:14 AM
    My main question is: When will this sucker be out? It looks interesting and even if I don't purchase it I hope it isn't vaporware. Technology from leading edge products like this can go a long way toward advancing our quality of life and can easily be used in eductional and military applications.
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    danz1156 , January 5, 2010 7:57 AM
    But can it run Crysis?????!?!?
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    danz1156 , January 5, 2010 7:57 AM
    But can it run Crysis?????!?!?
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    Anonymous , January 5, 2010 12:59 PM
    Jeez people, a lot of these questions are answered by the link in the article
    http://www.skiff.com/skiff-reader_tech-specs.html
    Magnesium Body (so non flexible casing), 4GB RAM, wifi, 3G, SD card slot, e-paper display etc. and pictures of the device.
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    gwolfman , January 5, 2010 1:34 PM
    fflami don't think it is flexible. the top image is not the same device as shown below. first it is way thinner on top, and also there is a black border and a black "hand hold" indent on the bottom image. now I'm sure the scree it self is flexible, but i doubt the entire device is flexible.

    The screen is flexible but put into a strong casing to make it more rugged. The flexibility comes into play if, for example, something is dropped on or hits the display surface within the casing.
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    hellraiser06 , January 5, 2010 1:58 PM
    OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    Crysis' so called joke on an ebook reader topic..........!!!!!
    Really???
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