One of the improvements that I’m always hearing people say they would like to have for the Kindle 3 is a color screen. Up until now the technology has not been there to provide a color screen with the e-ink display. That may change for the next generation of Kindle that comes out.
This new technology is from Qualcomm and is called Mirasol. The Mirasol technology comes from biomimetics which is a field of study that mimics natures processes and structures. The natural process that Qualcomm engineers use for Mirasol is the way that butterfly wings are made. It is a reflective technology called IMOD with MEMS structures at it’s core. It is highly reflective and uses very low power (you can go three weeks without charging) which means that the display screen can even be seen in direct sunlight. Along with full color, this new technology will also allow video playback with minimal use of batteries. This video explains the Mirasol technology:
The target time for getting the Mirasol technology into ebook readers is the end of 2010. The best part of this new technology is that they have hinted that it will be used for the next generation of Kindle.
This video shows Mirasol in action on an ereader and it looks very cool. If the Kindle 3 looks anything like this, I will definitely be getting one. I’ll just have to figure out what to do with my Kindle 2.