Panasonic showcased a prototype of an ebook reader that can view pictures in full color at the exhibition being held in Tokyo.
The prototype is equipped with a 5.6-inch TFT LCD XGA panel with resolution of
approximately 210 ppi.
Panasonic previously released the ebook reader dubbed 'Sigma Book' which has
two 7.2-inch memory-type monochrome LCD XGA panels. By integrating these two
panels, the prototype successfully became smaller and lighter: its size and
weight are equivalent to those of an A6 paperback. It uses a Li-ion secondary
battery while the previous model uses two U3 batteries. Considering the
commercialization, the company aims to extend the battery life to six to seven
hours for one charge. The product release is scheduled in July 2006.
The company also plans to adopt the video reproduction function for the new
reader, although what encoding method should be employed is now under
consideration. With a video reproduction function, users can enjoy such
contents that is only available on ebooks, for example, picture books in which
the pictures are moving.
The ebook reader is capable of reproducing voice and music as well, so the
company also intends to distribute the recitation books with both the text and
voice data included. The new reader supports JPEG still images, which its
previous model does not. The contents stored in the memory card are read and
written via a USB port (equipped just one port with each body).