E Ink News
E Ink announced a new thin and lightweight EPD technology branded E Ink Fina. The Fina uses a very thin glass substrate that enables it to be lighter and thinner than previous E Ink displays. They weigh less than 50% compared to glass-based LCDs and are less than 50% thick. A 13.3" Fina display weighs about 60 grams.
E Ink also announced the first e-reader to use the Fina, the PocketBook CAD reader. This 13.3" device sports a 1Ghz dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a large 8000 mAh battery, Wi-Fi, 3G and it runs Android 4.0.4. It includes a Wacom digitizer for both touch and stylus input.
The YotaPhone with its dual LCD/EPD displays is now shipping in Europe. It costs 499 euros ($675), and Engadget managed to get their hands on one of these phones to post a short hands-on-review. Their conclusion is that even though they want more time to play with this device (and will post a more in-depth review soon), everything they've seen so far is extremely encouraging.
Beside the 4.3" LCD (720p) and 4.3" E Ink (360x640, capacitive touch), the YotaPhone sports a dual-core 1.7Ghz PU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
France-based Netatmo launched a new smart thermostat (simply called Thermostat) that utilizes an E Ink display to show the temperature and settings. The device can be controlled from a mobile phone (with support for both iOS and Android).
The device also learns the owner's habits over time and can adjust itself accordingly. The Thermostat is now available for $288.
Dixons, the UK's electronics retailer is trialing E Ink based electronic shelf-edge price labels in a Curreys and PC World store in Aylesbury. The Herberg Group is supporting Dixons with software.
Using the E Ink labels, Dixons can adjust details and prices of products from a central location. Dixons hopes that this will enable it to compete dynamically with internet retailers. The labels will also provide more information on the product which will help customers to make more informed choices. Later on Dixons will also enable smartphone interactions via QR codes and social media tools.
The UK's Technology Strategy Bard granted £1.1 million to several companies to work on a new all-in-one "Multipass" for railcards, bus tickets and boarding passes. They hope to start the first pilot in London and Glasgow in 2014. The full roll-out is planned for 2015.
The idea is to have a single card that will hold all your bus, rail, car parking and air-travel tickets in one place. The card will include an E Ink screen that will present scannable barcodes for operators.
Remember YotaPhone's smartphone with the two 4.3" displays, a 720x1280 LCD and a 640 × 360 E Ink? The company promised to ship the phone in November, and now it announced that it will ship in time for the holidays, but only next month. The phone will cost €500 in Europe.
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.
Two months ago we reported about Shenzhen Ocean Blue Technology's bid to raise $2,000 in order to build the world's first E Ink monitor - which is actually an E Ink (6" , 800x600) e-reader that doubles as a monitor using a stand and a computer connection that will sell for $99. That campaign was succesful and the company now embarks in their second crowdfunding project.
The RockthEink project aims to build an E Ink SDK that uses a Cortex A8 RK2918 1GHz CPU -Supporting both TFT/LCD panel and e-paper panels. RockthEink will support 7inch TFT/LCD and different E-INK panels like 6, 8, 9.7, 13.3 inch 16-grey level as well as 8" color E Ink (Triton). This time SZOBT are trying to raise $5,000. Each SDK board will cost $79.