For the first time in a while, we have some real hope for a decent full-color eReader in the near future. Sure, the NOOKcolor will be out soon, but nobody really cares that much. E Ink, maker of the current amazingly popular screens for the Kindle and nook, has announced a new display technology that they have dubbed Triton.
E Ink Triton is a color active matrix imaging film that manages to retain all of the benefits of their previous products(such as the monochrome E Ink Pearl screen found in the current generation of the Kindle) without limiting the display options when it comes to illustration. Users can expect to retain the direct sunlight readability, quick page turns, amazing battery life, and durability that they have come to expect and hopefully quite a bit more, depending on how companies like Amazon(NASDAQ:AMZN) manage to adapt the technology for improved user experience.
This comes with the usual cautions, of course, before people get too excited. Namely, this is not an LCD screen. This means that you cannot expect everything to work precisely the same way a standard computer monitor would. You will not be watching video on it, nor will there be a back-light. It is an amazing leap forward for eReading technology, not just another potential selling point for entries into the tablet race. Reflecting on that point, if this works well and is adopted for use in something like the Kindle, there will really no longer be any grounds for complaints about usability from people wanting anything short of a full-function tablet.
This advance bodes well for the future of eReading and will definitely tie in well to such things as the recent push by Amazon to get periodicals published on the Kindle platform. I know that we won’t be seeing a color Kindle by the end of this year, but now that it appears to be a practical inevitability, the possibilities are abundant.