World’s first color E-Paper by Fujitsu
Fujitsu has announced the latest version of its FLEPia an e-paper with an 8 inch (123.6 x 164.8mm) color display which was first announced by Fujitsu on April of 2007. The FLEPia then was available only to the corporate users with only 300 units shipped according to Fujitsu. The device was tested several times as an information terminal for places like restaurants. The latest version offers much improved brightness and contrast as well as faster page redraw speed. The new FLEPia has a 768 x 1024-pixel XGA resolution further the display color and page redraw time can be selected which ranges from 64 colors (1.8 seconds) for high-speed replacement of menu pages for example to 260,000 colors (8 seconds) for displaying images. The battery of FLEPia can run for 40 hours under the condition that a page is redrawn every minute in a 64 color mode which is equivalent to 2,400 pages. This viewer measure 158 x 240 x 12.5mm and it weighs 385g. As for functionality of this e-book the new FLEPia comes with Sharp’s BUNKO VIEWER and voyager Japan’s T-time. With a 4-Gbyte of SD memory card you will be able to store up to 5000 books on this device. The new FLEPia just like the previous model back in 2007 complies with Bluetooth 2.0 specification plus to USB 2.0 and 802.11g/b wireless connection. Through dialup using mobile phone users can access the internet as well. The new FLEPia is CE5.0 OS based which means you can use the standard Web browsers, mailers, PDF viewers and other office documents. The screen of FLEPia has a electromagnetic induction based touch panel but user can only touch its screen with a dedicated pen and not with their fingers. Fujitsu is planning to sell 50,000 units of FLEPia in 2009 and 2010. The sale should increase to 100,000 to 200,000 units with introduction of other sizes such as 6 and 12 inch models sometimes by 2011.
No matter what the specs for this viewer are, in order to insure its success in this overly crowed e-book market the company must establish a solid content distribution system like the Apple iPhone 3G. According to Fujitsu they will start their content delivery based on online newspaper business as the company is currently in discussion with a newspaper company. The price is another factor in success of this device where the current price is at 99,750 yen which is far more pricey than its competitors. In this front Fujitsu is planning to lower its price to somewhere between 4,000 to 5,000 yen.