Amazon's Secret Lab For Prototype Gadgets Revealed

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News Posted: Wed, Aug 11 2010 8:11 AM
We've known from earlier reports that Amazon currently has a number of color options in the lab for what could end up being a color Kindle, but the company is steadfast is saying that such a device is still a very, very long ways out. The original Kindle was Amazon's first foray into the hardware realm, and things have definitely turned out great for them. It's a hot selling device, it has a huge amount of mind share, and it has placed Amazon atop the heap in the e-reader game.

So if Amazon can do it once, why can't they do it again with something else? We aren't the only people asking that question, and now a report from The New York Times suggests that some of those asking that question are actually employees of Amazon. A so-called Lab 126 is rumored to be working on other hardware that's not the Kindle, along with some aspects that are Kindle-related. For example, Lab 126 is where engineers are working to master a touch-enabled Kindle or a color version, but the rumor has it that Amazon could be hiring to "build other gadgets [for] prototyping in its secret labs."

Even more convincing, a number of sources confirmed that Lab 126 has been "looking into building other gadgets that it could sell to consumers," with one saying that these new products would be "a means to an end." Basically, Amazon could be worked on products that would enable simpler purchasing of content via Amazon's digital distribution network. Rumors have it that Amazon even considered making a music player and cell phone, but decided against it citing huge competition. Will Amazon be the next great gadget maker? It's hard to believe so, but with the success of the Kindle, we guess anything is possible.
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fat78 replied on Wed, Aug 11 2010 10:01 AM

its a conspiracy there trying to hold out on us from getting the good stuff. lol

would be cool if they got a good quality color e ink. see next gen kindles with some much cooler features

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Aug 13 2010 3:08 PM

Someone just needs to make a high end LED or better display tablet/reader color device which does not cause the eye fatigue of LCD. Or at least that is what it seems to me. I always hear people talking about eye fatigue when in long term LCD usage. I personally have never experienced this, as for today I have been on this laptop since 8AM (it is now 3:10 PM). My eyes are fine, but I have the TV playing and have been on and off the phone all day, working on a new contract, and some financial matters as well as doing things around the house with my daughter all day to. They say multi-tasking is bad for you to, I never seem to operate any other way nor suffer the negatives there either.

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a750gixr replied on Sun, Aug 15 2010 12:35 AM

What would be better is if they made a reader that would work across the board with other companies formats for E-Books.

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