Another new e-book platform

Three companies have joined forces on a new kind of e-book soon to debut in Japan. It has an intriguing innovation:

Unlike more familiar LCD displays, the screen can be read at almost any angle and in bright sunlight as it uses tiny charged beads to form letters and images.

It has 170 dots-per-inch screen resolution, and can reproduce grayscale images. Comes with a keyboard and runs on batteries. Still a bit to expensive to be practical, but that’s what they said about PCs in 1980.