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]