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:
E Ink Holdings reported their results for Q4 2014, with NT$793 million ($25 million USD) in net profit. The company suffered from an operating loss of $951 million ($30 million USD), but had a net profit due to royalties from the high-res FFS LCD manufacturing technology (used for the first time in an Apple iPhone). Royalties amounted to $NT3.56 billion ($110 million USD) in 2014.
For the whole of 2014, E Ink's net profit dropped to $NT13 million ($420,000 USD) - down from $NT29 million ($930,000 USD) in 2013.
According to reports, Onyx is developing a 13.3" Android (4.4.4) e-reader for the consumer market, and hopefully it will cost less than Sony's 13.3" Digital Paper device which costs over $1,000. The reported target price is $750 - which makes it cheaper than Sony's reader, but still out of reach of most consumers.
According to the Good eReader, Onyx's reader will use the same 1200x1600 13.3" E Ink Mobius panel as used in Sony's reader (and Dasung's Paperlike monitors). They report that this display uses a plastic TFT - which, if true, probably means it is made by Plastic Logic.
Dragon Innovation launched a new crowdfunding campaign with an aim to raise $50,000 for the world's first E Ink shoe, the Volvorii Timeless. The high-heeled shoe has an embedded flexible E Ink display and a Bluetooth LE module (with battery wireless charging).
Dragon raised over $17,000, and they have 22 days to reach their $50,000 goal.
E Ink display info:
9.7" 1200 x 825 E Ink display
The Icarus eXceL (model number E1051BK) is a large 9.7" (1200 x 825) E Ink Android (4.0) powered e-reader that supports touch-input, handwriting, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Bookeen and solar innovator SunPartner are developing an e-reader with a built-in solar panel. SunPartner's technology (called Wysips - What You See is Photovoltaic Surface) enables a transparent solar panel to be embedded in the display. This means that the device will charge when light is present - even while reading and you do not have to turn it over.
Most mobile devices use too much power to be actually solar charged, but with an e-reader this may work very well. Bookeen aims to release the solar-powered e-reader in 2016.
Pebble Technology, the company behind the successful Pebble smartwatch, is now developing a new version called Pebble Time - that sports a color e-paper display. The company launched a kickstarter campaign with an aim to raise $500,000. It took them one hour to raise $1 million, and a few days later they already passed $8 million in funding.
The Pebble time uses a "color e-paper display" The original pebble used a 1.26" (144x168) monochrome memory LCD (transflective LCD made by Sharp). It's not clear what kind of displays will be used in the new Pebble, but as far as I know sharp do not produce a color memory LCD.
UK's retailer Sainsbury is trailing new E Ink shelf price labels at its Shoreditch Old Street Local store. Sainsbury hopes that the new digital labels will enable them to provide quicker and efficient digital pricing information. The trial's aim is to see how much paper and time is saved using the new labels.
Each unit is assigned to a certain product, and then prices and offers are updated automatically from central systems. The units use secure, encrypted software and are designed to resist cold temperatures in fridges and freezers. Some of the units will use E Ink's new Spectra panels that support white, black and red colors.