The best of 2017 - top ePaper stories

2017 is soon over - and this has been an interesting year for the e-paper industry. We continued to see the trend that began a few years ago - with the focus of the industry on signage and retail applications rather than e-readers, even though the e-reader market is stronger than expected.

Here are the top 10 stories posted on E-Ink-Info in 2017, ranked by popularity (i.e. how many people read the story):

  1. Dasung runs out of its 13.3" E Ink monitor, readying its next-gen Bluetooth powered one (Jan 21)
  2. E Ink demonstrates a foldable 10.2" e-paper prototype (Jun 16)
  3. Q&A with Sri Peruvemba, Visionect's new board member and E Ink veteran (Oct 18)
  4. Vienna's Airport Line install E Ink signage in all its shuttle bus stations (Nov 11)
  5. Samsung patents a mobile phone cover with an E Ink display (Jan 23)
  6. Visionect launches a new 13.3" digital E Ink sign (May 19)
  7. Japan Display developed a 400-600 PPI E Ink backplane (May 23)
  8. E Ink iPhone case makers PopSlate goes bankcrupt (Mar 19)
  9. E Ink and Dai Nippon to launch a new E Ink Prism based retail system (Mar 8)
  10. E Ink and Texen to bring battery-less displays based smart packaging (Jan 22)

Meet SRD: Bodle's e-paper display technology based on PCM materials

While E Ink is certainly the clear leader in the e-paper market, some companies are developing what they hope will become next-gen e-paper displays. Bodle, based in Oxford, UK, is developing a technology it calls SRD, based on research that started in Oxford University a few years ago.

Bodle SRD display mechanism

SRD, or Solid-State Reflective Displays, creates color using light interference inside an ultra-thin film. The film contains a phase-change material, the same one used in writable CD-R discs. When this material is switched between its amorphous and crystalline phases, the color is changed.

EIH sales rise 7.8% in Q3 to reach $158 million

E Ink Holdings (EIH) reported its financial results for Q3 2017, with revenues of $158.8 million (up 7.8% from Q3 2016 and 29.8% from Q2 2017) and a net profit of of $38.8 million.

Bookeen Saga photo

E Ink says that these excellent results were due to a sharp increase in e-reader and e-paper notebook sales and improvements in operation efficiency and production yields. E-reader and notebook sales accounted for 70% of EIH's revenues.

Vienna's Airport Line install E Ink signage in all its shuttle bus stations

The Vienna Airport line shuttle installed outdoor E Ink signage in its stations in Vienna to show real-time passenger information to guide travelers to the airport. The project includes signage for all the shuttle bus stations (over 25).

Vienna Airport Line E Ink sign

The two main stations use a large double-sided 32" 2560 x 1440 E Ink displays (shown below), while the rest of the stations show a 15" E Ink display (shown above).

New e-paper device: Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight 3

Barnes and Noble's Nook GlowLight 3 is an E Ink powered e-reader that supports an advanced front lighting system that can switch from a daylight "cool" white light to a warm "yellowish" one suitable for nighttime. The display is a 6" 300 DPI E Ink panel.

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight 3 photo

The GlowLight 3 is now ready for pre-order for $119.99.

Visionect offers a 10% end-of-the-year discount on the JOAN E Ink display

Visionect is celebrating the end of 2017 and the company is offering a 6" discount on its JOAN family of E Ink signage displays - the 6" JOAN Manager, 6" JOAN Executive and 13" JOAN Board. Visionect also offers free shipping. To enjoy this discount, use the coupon code HELLO2018 when you checkout.

End of the 2018 JOAN offer

The JOAN signage solutions are installation-free battery-powered wireless E Ink conference room management signage solutions. Visionect says that since the launch of the JOAN series last year it has signed on over 1,600 customers in North America alone with thousands of devices deployed worldwide.