Thursday, January 21, 2010
Superslim Skiff Reader features LG's 'metal foil' e-paper tech
Company reps say the Skiff Reader is the first consumer product to feature LG's "metal foil" technology, a next-generation e-paper display that's based on a thin, flexible sheet of stainless-steel foil. The new technology is less vulnerable to breakage than "the fragile glass that is the foundation of almost every electronic screen," the press release notes.
Other than dimensions and the fact that the e-reader will have built-in wireless 3G capabilities, as well Wi-Fi, details about the Skiff Reader are scant at the moment. While there was no word on availability or pricing, there was some talk about how the device's large screen would showcase print media in "compelling new ways."
"This is consistent with Skiff's focus on delivering enhanced reading experiences that engage consumers, publishers, and advertisers," said Gilbert Fuchsberg, president of Skiff, which has offices in New York and Palo Alto, Calif.
The release says a full touch screen enables users to intuitively navigate and engage with newspapers, magazines, books, and other digital content they purchase through the Skiff Store, as well as personal and work documents. According to Skiff, the device weighs just over 1 pound and offers more than a week of average use between charges.
After we test-drive the device at the show, we'll let you know our thoughts. We're most curious to learn how responsive the touch screen is, how sharp it looks, and whether the Skiff platform (yes, the company appears to selling its service as a platform) is more compelling than what Amazon or Barnes & Noble has to offer. (See Skiff's Web site for more info).