We're very pleased to announce, finally, that the prototype for the Kapsule Lightstand has been completed. It's been a rather long road, but I think that the results are well worth it.
For those of you that haven't seen it before, the Kapsule is a pretty exciting addition to your Kindle Keyboard. It provides a nicely sculpted grip for long reading sessions. It has an integrated kickstand that works in either portrait or landscape mode, and fits nicely on airline seat-back trays.
But the very best feature is the light. It never needs batteries, happily using the one that's built into the Kindle. It uses less than half the juice of Amazon's lighted portfolio cover, and it just works better than any other Kindle light that we've come across (and we've tested quite a few). Lighting quality is even and natural, thanks to the high-quality Cree LED. And unlike other reading lights, the brightness never dims. We're using a highly efficient power-regulation IC that keeps the power constant and optimal for the LED. That also ensures that we the Kapsule won't drain your battery when not in use.
We think that Kindle users are going to love it, and we can't wait to get it into production.
There's a lot of interesting stuff inside the Kapsule. The lighting gooseneck mechanism has a clever switch that turns the light off at the end of its travel, in case you want to use it for the grip or the kickstand. One of the "pods" is spring loaded, to put the proper tension to ensure that the Kapsule never falls off. Unlike other designs, our clips are made of stainless so they'll never snap off like brass will.
We put a lot of time into evaluating the best possible LED for the Kapsule, and we found one made by Cree that's the optimal mix of efficiency, natural appearance and lighting coverage. It's suitable for both dim-light and total black-out conditions. Both pictures, below, are untouched and taken without flash to illustrate the even light that the Kapsule produces.
The Kapsule is compatible with the Amazon Kindle 3, also known as the Kindle Keyboard. It will not work with the Kindle 4 and the Kindle Touch, but we expect to have a model for those two quite shortly.