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The Foldable Readius Ereader Is Dead 42

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the cool-gadgets-you'll-never-own dept.
Nate the greatest writes "One of the stranger ereader/smartphone hybrid devices ever to grace the pages of a tech blog is now officially never dead. Polymer Vision, creator of the Readius ereader, has been shut down by its parent company. This company launched in 2004 with the goal of bring an ereader with a foldable 5" E-ink screen to market. They shipped an initial production run of about 100 thousand units before going bankrupt in 2009. Wistron bought the company out of receivership and has been paying to develop the screen tech. PV has made a number of prototypes over the past few years, but they never made it out of the lab. The closest we came to ever seeing one was a render of a smartphone design which could expand to the size of a tablet."
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The Foldable Readius Ereader Is Dead

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  • credivility? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 02, 2012 @11:25PM (#42165383)

    Sounds like vaporware. The article is from 2011, has no source and no comments.

  • WTF? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 02, 2012 @11:43PM (#42165445)

    The article from 2011 says that it was saved (and has the title "The Readius eReader Lives!"). The other link is to an old Slashdot story in 2007. A quick search of Google News pulls up no results. So what the hell?!?

  • by icebike (68054) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @11:58PM (#42165497)

    officially never dead.

    Just what does that mean?

  • While the article... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 02, 2012 @11:59PM (#42165499)
    ...is pretty crap, I work in a multi-tenant building that also houses Polymer Vision and it seems pretty quiet there indeed.
  • Did anyone look at this? Sources? I looked at the recent section and didn't see this.

    BUT the related submission below the story, which seems to have been submitted by the same person seems to have a link to a story, which has a link to a source.

    I'm guessing the submitter screwed up his first submission and resubmitted it, then Unknown Lamer screwed up and picked the wrong submission.

    • by game kid (805301)

      In the story as submitted [slashdot.org], the Link to Original Source is to the proper article, but that link was not used within the blurb, so I guess UL just didn't add it to the blurb either.

      Maybe the LtOS field should be removed, and submitters should be told to just link to TFA within the blurb and bold it or rel="mainarticle" it or whatever.

    • "They shipped an initial production run of about 100 thousand units" is a statement about products being delivered. It's not a statement that can be backed up by a link to an old Slashdot article that said something was going to ship later.

  • How is this news? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by zethreal (982453) on Monday December 03, 2012 @12:11AM (#42165561)
    1) The article is from mid 2011. 2) There is nothing in the article that says that it's dead. I want a news article posted on Slashdot. Let me make stuff up about it and post links to a year old article that says nothing that's in my summary. This is why I have been frequenting slashdot less and less... ( It used to be multiple times daily & is now maybe twice a week ).
  • I never read the summary
  • ...and nothing of value was lost.
  • The LG flexible screen is in the Russian Wexler flex one ereader.
  • Whatever one may think of the editing of the blurb, or the chances of a particular company bringing a particular product to market, the idea behind the device looks interesting because it's aimed at addressing two otherwise contradictory needs - how do you get a larger screen size combined with a smaller device? Because large screens are awkward... and small screens are awkward. Just differently awkward. I can't be the only person here who has spent a fair bit of time debating over better total resolution v

  • 100 thousand units

    If only there was some way of writing out such huge numbers using only numerical digits to make this easier to read!

  • They finally folded?

    Wasn't that the goal?

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