E-Paper News, Resources & Information
e-Paper displays, used in e-readers, signage and retail applications, are extremely efficient and readable. E-Ink-Info brings daily news and industry services
Recent E Ink news:
Sony launched its own crowd funding platform helped to find and finance Sony employees projects. The platform is called First Flight, and two of the first three projects use E Ink displays.
One of the E Ink projects is Sony's FES E Ink watch, that already attempted crowd funding back in 2014. The second project is the HUIS E Ink remote controller - and this one already managed to raise over $72,000 (well past its $40,000 target).
Unfortunatly, CST faced production problems, and due to low component yields, and actual price of each watch climbed to $260. CST decided to change its manufacturor (Flextronics), but it is almost out of money.
The Sonder Keyboard is a full keyboard in which all letter and numeric keys are small E Ink displays that can be customized. The keyboard support Bluetooth and has front lighting.
The Sonder Keyboard will cost $299, but early pre-orders pay only $199.
E Ink like panels to enable smart windows that dynamically change their opacity and color temperature
Researchers from the University of Cincinnati, in collaboration with Merck and HP are developing low-cost large films that can be used to create smart windows that can dynamically adapt for brightness, color temperatures and opacity.
The so-called electro-kinetic pixel technology is based on the electrophoretic principle - the same one used in E Ink panels. The researchers are developing a way to create large-sized sheets of those pixels at low cost.
The Kindle Paperwhite 2015 is a new version of Amazon's popular paperwhite kindle e-reader. The new 2015 edition upgrades the display with a new 6" 300DPI E Ink Carta panel. The e-reader has front-light, Wi-Fi (3G optional) and 4GB of storage (free cloud storage for Amazon content).
The new Paperwhite will launch on June 30 2015, and will cost $119 (basic Wi-Fi edition, ad supported).
Two years ago, E Ink announced the Spectra e-paper panels that feature three pigments - black, white and red. Today the company announced an expansion of that product line to include the Spectra Yellow, which can show black, white or yellow colors.
The Spectra panels are aimed for electronic shelf label (ESL) retail applications. E Ink says that red and yellow are two of the most widely used colors relevant to in-store displays and signage. Spectra panels support both active-matrix and segmented format displays.
A YotaDevice executive in the US says that the company is developing their next-generation device (the YotaPhone 3?) that will replace the YotaPhone 2, which is only now being launched in the US. The new device will be faster, thinner and will include a sharper display and a 'better E ink display'. The Russia-based company is also developing the YotaPhone 2c which will be a cheaper alternative to the YotaPhone 2.
The YotaPhone 2 sports a 5" OLED display, a 4.7" E Ink touch screen on the back, a quad-core 2.2 Ghz CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and a 8mp camera.