E-Paper (E Ink) News, Resources & Information
E-Paper enables thin, efficient and flexible displays, suitable for e-reader and many other products. Our site is dedicated to different e-paper technologies (the leading one today is E Ink). For news and information on E-Readers, please visit our sister-site E-Reader-Info.com.
Recent E Ink news:
E-Paper News - Page 2
PocketBook to use Plastic Logic's 4.8" flexible E Ink panels in the next-gen smartphone e-book cover CoverReader
PocketBook's CoverReader is a smart cover for mobile phones that adds an e-reader functionality via a 4.8" E Ink display. It integrates with the Android OS to allow you to easily view books and information on the E Ink panel. The first model will ship for Samsung's Galaxy S4 soon, and the company plans to develop more versions for more Samsung, HTC and Sony phones.
PocketBook also announced that they will use Plastic Logic's flexible 4.8" E Ink displays in the next-gen CoverBook. The current generation CoverBook uses a glass base panel. PocketBook says that the Plastic Logic's flexible EPD 4.8" display will be manufactured in Plastic Logic's Dresden facility. This new display has a range of benefits - such screens are flexible, shatterproof, ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight, power saving and daylight readable.
Remember YotaPhone's smartphone with the two 4.3" displays, a 720x1280 LCD and a 640 × 360 E Ink? According to reports, the company is finally getting ready to ship their groundbreaking phone in November 2013. It will cost €500 in Europe at launch.
The YotaPhone will have a dual-core 1.7Ghz PU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It is an exciting phone, but today several companies offer smartphone covers with E Ink panels on them which may be a better solution for most people.
PopSLATE to use Plastic Logic's flexible E Ink displays in their iPhone 5/5S 4" E Ink second screen display
Towards the end of 2012 we posted about PopSLATE, a IndieGogoproject that raised $219,000 to develop an iPhone 5 cover with an E Ink display. Today Plastic Logic announced that popSLATE will use their technology to their new iPhone 5 and 5S always on 4" second screen display.
Plastic Logic's displays are based on E Ink are are flexible and shatterproof. They use the company's unique plastic OTFT backplanes.
Qualcomm unveiled a very interesting smartwatch called Toq that uses a small full-touch Mirasol display. This is an Android-companion device (for 4.0.3 devices and higher) that hopefully will be released later this year. It features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and has a wireless charging dock that also doubles as a case for the optional bluetooth headset.
E Ink introduced a new monochrome panel technology called Carta. The Carta offers 50% better contrast and a 20% improvement in reflectance a(more whiteness). Amazon's recently announced new Paperwhite e-reader uses Carta displays.
E Ink display info:
Large (about 5") E Ink
Alcatel's One Touch Hero is a large (6") smartphone (or phablet) with a Full-HD LCD, Android 4.2, a 1.5Ghz CPU and 13 mp camera. The phone has some interesting accessories - a cover with a LED screen and a pico projector stand. And a cover with a large E Ink display. We don't have any details on this E Ink, it looks about 5" or 6" in size and will enable reading books and newspapers.
The One Touch Hero will launch in October 2013.
E Ink reported their quarterly results - sales dropped 46% compared to last year, and the company's net loss was $33.6 million. E Ink expects e-reader sales in 2013 to be between 10 to 15 million (the same as in 2012).
In 2011, around 30 million e-readers were sold. Back then analysts expected the market to grow (IDTechEx's "conservative" estimate was that it will grow to 60 million units in 2015) as nobody expected the tablet market to take over reading from e-readers. I still think one of the biggest problems in the e-reader market is that e-readers didn't really change in past years. Even the old Kindles offer a great reading experience and there isn't any compelling reason to upgrade. That's actually very good for everyone (Us consumers, Amazon who makes money from books and not e-readers, and mother earth) - except E Ink themselves, of course.