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Mirasol e-reader to get gaming functionality, controller

updated 03:10 pm EST, Thu November 19, 2009

Qualcomm mirasol e-reader doubles as game console

The recently highlighted Qualcomm Mirasol e-reader prototype may be the first to offer the capability to play action games, thanks to a gaming controller accessory revealed on Thursday. The mirasol display technology is capable of reproducing colors and can play back video and the company behind it is seeing a potential as a gaming platform for its device. The plug-in controller has two control sticks, like many popular gaming consoles.

Despite the existing hardware, both devices remain prototypes. The idea is appealing, as the Wi-Fi connection of the e-reader could allow for multiplayer gaming both local and online, while a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU could power the gaming platform. The prototype reader uses a 5.7-inch, 1024x768 color e-paper display.

The Qualcomm mirasol team also indicated it would also work on developing touchscreen tablet handheld devices and ultra portable computers. Timelines are not clear, however. [via SlashGear]








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