E-Paper (E Ink) News, Resources & Information
E-Paper enables thin, efficient and flexible displays, suitable for e-readers and many other products. E-Ink-Info provides e-paper (motly E Ink) news and resources.
Recent E Ink news:
Kent displays, a leading Reflex LCD company launched several models of eWriters since 2010, which are now sold in around 30 countries around the world.
About the Sync 9.7 Boogie Board
The Sync 9.7 is a 9.7 inch electronic notebook launched in 2003, sporting the company's eWriting technology. It also has a microSD card slot (in addition to a built-in 2BG of on-board SD memory), USB and Bluetooth. It comes with its own stylus, micro USB charge cable and a 1-cell lithium-ion battery.
E Ink Holdings report good results for Q3 2014, with revenues reaching $132 million up 6.4% from last quarter (but down 14% from Q3 2013). The company says that EPD orders remained steady, with new orders coming in from Amazon, Kobo and Sony.
The company is still dependent on the e-reader market, but it is trying to enter new markets such as wearables, retail and more.
China-based GEAK launched a new watch called the GEAK Watch II, that uses two round displays - an LCD and an E Ink panel, on on top of the other. The transparent LCD sits on top of the E Ink. This enables a very efficient battery life - and GEAK says the battery will last for a week with light use or 3-4 days with "moderate" use.
Both displays are 1.36" in diameter (320x320 resolution, 254 PPI, apparently on both the E Ink and the LCD). The watch connects to your phone via Bluetooth and also includes several trackers (heart rate, air quality, step counter and more).
In January 2014, a company called Twelve24 (established by a former product manager at E Ink) launched their first product, a meter wide E Ink watch. Twelve24 is now launching a kickstarter campaign trying to raise $200,000. They already raised almost $50,000.
The Twelve24 ClockONE will cost $600, but for early backers on Kickstarter it starts at $400. The watch has a small Li-Ion button battery that will last for a year, and comes in five different colors. It will ship in May 2015.
The FES Watch is a new crowdfunding campaign in Japan that aims to develop a smartwatch that is covered with E Ink panels - not only for the watch face but also for the straps. This allows you to reach a high degree of customization while keeping power consumption low.
According to the company's plan, the FES Watch will ship in May 2015.
A couple of weeks ago we reported on the Plastc, a connected multi-card device that can store up to 20 debit, credit, identity or loyalty cards. You can pre-order Plastc now for $155, and today the company announced that it reached $5.2 million in presales already!
The Plastc uses a small touch E Ink display that shows card information, barcodes, QR codes, etc. The Plastc will ship in the summer of 2015 for $155.
E-reader maker Onyx is entering the Smartwatch market, and the company is showing a prototype watch with a 1.56" E Ink display. This watch has an always-on display (enabled by the fact that E Ink display do not consume power if the display is static). In the prototype there are 3 buttons and the display is not touch-enabled, but future version may include a touch display.
The Onyx watch will sync with your phone via Bluetooth and also include a fitness tracker. A GPS may be added to future versions. This device will not reach the market until 2015 "at the earliest".