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Ginnovation MaterCall

MaterCall is an innovating parking solution that uses NFC/QR and a small numeric e-Paper (E Ink) display to show driver phone numbers. The idea is that people can leave their phone number to the car owner via a simple application.

Ginnovation MaterCall photo

The MaterCall is launching for the Korean market, mostly targeting rental cars. It is available in 'card-type' or 'case type' which is a bit larger but more affordable. For more information click here.

Samsung patents a mobile phone cover with an E Ink display

Jan 23, 2017

Samsung filed a patent in Korea for a mobile phone cover that includes an E Ink display to show notifications. Some covers include a transparent part (or just a hole) through which you can see the display - and if it's an OLED, it makes sense because this uses very little power (only lit pixels draw power in an OLED display).

Samsung E Ink phone cover patent photo

This is just a patent application for now, but it will be interesting if Samsung actually produced such an accessory for one of its future or present smartphones.

HiSense A2

HiSense's A2 is a dual-screen smartphone that features a 5.5" FHD AMOLED screen on the front and a 5.2" 960x540 E Ink screen on the back side. Other features include Android 6.0, 1.4Ghz octa-core CPU, 3/4GB of RAM, 32/64 GB of storage, finger print sensor, a microSD slot and Dual-SIM.

HiSense A2 photo

The A2 was launched in January 2017, but HiSense did not yet reveal the release date or price of this new phone.

E Ink and Texen to bring battery-less displays based smart packaging

Jan 22, 2017

E Ink announced a new collaboration with Texen, a provider of product solutions for the luxury and beauty market, to bring personalized packaging solutions to cosmetic customers. The companies demonstrated a smart packaging design for customizable packaging displays for makeup compacts, perfume bottles and other cosmetic packaging.

Texen E Ink concept photo

The E Ink display is powered purely by near field communications (NFC) and can be updated by a smartphone that generates radio frequency signals carrying both the information and energy needed to update the display. E Ink and Texen are already taking customers orders for the new solution.

Dasung runs out of its 13.3" E Ink monitor, readying its next-gen Bluetooth powered one

Jan 21, 2017

Dasung launched the Paperlike - a 13.3" 1600x1200 USB E Ink monitor back in 2015, and it started shipping the displays last month (for $1,049) on Amazon. The company now reports that it is sold out completely - after shipping to customers from 50 countries in the past year.

Dasung Paperlike E Ink monitor photo

According to the GoodEReader, Dasung is unlikely to produce more such displays as it is readying on a next-generation 13.3" e-reader / monitor that will function as a secondary display via Bluetooth. The resolution of the new device will be 2200x1650 (207 PPI). Dasung says it will be powered by either Android or Windows 10. 

CLEARink and Merck sign a materials development agreement, aim to bring TOR displays to the market by the end of 2017

Jan 20, 2017

CLEARink announced that it signed a comprehensive materials development agreement with Merck with an aim to bring CLEARink's reflective display technology to the market by the end of 2017.

CLEARink logo

CLEARink displays are based on a specially designed reflector film that can vary its brightness by by modulating the total internal reflection of ambient light from film. The display sues a single electrically charged particle suspended in a liquid. The technology is called TIR (Total Internal Reflection) and the company believes that its manufacturing costs will be lower compared to other reflective display technologies. The displays offer full-color, low power (slightly above E Ink), outdoor readability, low cost and video support (low latency).

Sony shows a color E Ink FUS Watch prototype

Jan 08, 2017

Sony's FES Watch (and the 2nd-Gen FES Watch U) is covered with a flexible E Ink display so you can change the design of the watch and the write-band at will. At CES 2017 Sony is showing a next-generation FES Watch prototype that uses a color E Ink display as you can see below

Sony color FES prototype, CES-2017

Sony's new FES color Watch is just a prototype at this stage, the company did not reveal any commercialization plans yet...

POP-I E Ink backpack

POP-I's E Ink backpacks use an E Ink panel on the back. You can customize the image via an application on your phone (iOS or Android). There are several backpacks available, with a display size of either 4.7" or 10" (HD). The bags themselves are made from either canvas or leather.

POP-I E Ink backpacks photo

POP-I will ship those bags at the summer of 2017 for $99 to $399.

Bluemint Labs Bixi 2.0

Bluemint Labs Bixi adds gesture control to gadgets such as smartphones and the 2nd-Gen Bixi 2.0 device, unveiled in early 2017, adds an E Ink display to the original design - to show notifications or information such as the time or weather.

Bixi 2.0 photo

The Bixi 1.0 costs $99. The 2nd Gen Bixi 2.0 will ship towards the end of 2017.