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Recent e-Paper News

Printed Electrochromics boldly goes where no display has gone before


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Example use-case for printed electrochromics, Ynvisible
Fig.1 Example use case for printed electrochromics: a shock detector smart label with an interactive printed interface.

Expanding Need for Simple Electronic Display Functionality

Rapid advances in the miniaturization and reduction of costs in computing, electronic sensing, and communications have allowed the integration of “smart” electronic functionality into almost everything. ”Intelligence” is now embedded into a wide range of everyday objects, and spread throughout our working and living environments. Much of this intelligence, data collection and transfer is hidden from the human senses, requiring little or no human involvement. But as the number of human daily touch points and interactions with smart devices grows, so too does the importance of user experience design and the role of displays.

EIH expects a small increase in revenues this quarter as demand for e-readers and ESLs increase

E Ink Holdings say that demand for e-readers and electronic shelf labels improved in the last quarter, and the company expects a small growth in revenues. EIH says that Coronavirus outbreak is having only a minor impact on its operations.

In fact, EIH already said earlier this month that remote work and school projects are increasing demand for e-notebooks, and now the company says that the outbreak also increases demand for e-readers, ESLs and medical devices, especially in China. The company does see a slowdown in actual installations of ESLs projects in Europe and US where cities are in lockdown.

Ynvisible and NXN launches new electrochromic ink colors for Ynvisible's displays

Ynvisible announced a new partnership with Electrochromic Polymers developer NxtGen Nano. The two companies will work together to incorporate NXN's color Electrochromic Polymers (ECP) inks in Ynvisible's systems and manufacturing services. This will enable Ynvisible to offer a new range of color displays.

Ynvisible NXN color printed electrochromics displays photo

The two companies announced that they already sold a prototype multi-color project to a Fortune 500 medical and diagnostics devices company. NXN and Ynvisible have earlier experience in working together and sold several commercial color electrochromic prototype devices to several premium consumer brand product companies.

How Dasung's E Ink monitor assists a Syndome Triple-A patient

Jeremie Rousseau, from France, suffers from a genetic disease called Syndome Triple-A, a rare autosomal recessive congenital disorder. There are several symptoms that result from this disorder - and one of these is alacrima - the inability to produce enough tears. Jeremie finds it very difficult to work with computer monitors - even after following his Doctor's advice to decrease the contrast and brightness of his LCD display.

Jeremie was looking for solutions that will enable him to work for longer times in front of a monitor, and he found a good solution with Dasung's Paperlike E Ink monitors. Jeremie finds that he can work for many hours in front of the E Ink monitors - used to read, write e-mails and read long PDF files.

Waveshare announces a 4.2" and 7.5" NFC-powered E Ink devices

WaveShare announced a new 4.2" 400x300 and 7.5" 800x480 NFC-powered E Ink devices. The idea is that these can be used as small monitors that do not require any batteries or power.

These devices can be updated via a smartphone that supports NFC (via the NFCTag application). Screen refresh rime is around 4-5 seconds. The price of the 4.2" model is $39.99 and the 7.5" model is $68.99. Waveshare says that not all smartphones will have a strong enough NFC to connect to the devices, but Waveshare offers a dedicated NFC board with a micro-SD card for $22. These devices also ship from Amazon.com, costing a bit more than directly via WaveShare.

New e-paper device: SQFMI Watchy

SQFMI's is an open source (hardware and software) smartwatch that features a small 200x200 E Ink display and a low-power dual-core chipset (ESP32-S) - the watch should last for about 2 weeks on a single charge.

SQFMI Watchy photo

You can download all the documentation for Watchy on Github to produce your own device, or buy an assembled one for $55 (it will soon be available through SQFMI's web store).

Santorini and Syros installs E Ink bus station signage technologies

The Greek islands of Santorini and Syros installed solar-powered E Ink bus stop signage displays, developed by Papercast and implemented by AMCO Inspired Technologies.

Santorini E Ink bus station signage, papercast

Both projects, initiated by the Greek government are part of a wider national strategy to develop intelligent transport systems to handle the increasing demand for travel with sustainable transportation. The greek islands hope to use this new technologies to optimise route planning and provide passengers with real-time trip related information.