Amazon has been working on a glow in the dark device will before Barnes and Noble ever released their Glowlight e-reader earlier this month. Anonymous sources in the company told Reuters today that Amazon is working on an e-Reader with glow in the dark function that is set for a July release, and a new version of the Kindle Fire for the holiday season.
“I do see demand for a front-lit Kindle,” said Jennifer Colegrove, Vice President of Emerging Display Technologies at DisplaySearch, an NPD Group company, which monitors trends in the display sector. There is a trade-off, she said: “Front-lit will consume battery power and [it will] run out… quicker.”
Last year Amazon acquired a Seattle based company Oy Modilis that prides itself as a world leader in light-guide technology. The reason Amazon was a bit late to the game is because they tend to patent all of their technologies before a commercial release is possible. It normally takes six months to a year for patent applications to be approved and finalized, which is why their new device has taken so long to hit the market.
All signs are pointing to a July release using the same e-ink Pearl display that their previous models have used. It is also said to be six inches and feature a fully interactive touchscreen display.
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