Google shows an E Ink Google Assistant Connect protoype

Google has unveiled a simple new 3D-printed Google Assistant device called Google Assistant Connect. Using a small E Ink display, this is Google's idea of how a smart gadget can combine communication, display and its own assistant software and service.

Google Assistant Connect (The Verge)

This seems to be just an early prototype, and we don't know if Google aims to actually produce such devices in the future or suggest this has hardware reference designs to third party developers.

New e-paper device: LDLC Nemeio E Ink Keyboard

France-based LDLC's Nemeio is a smart keyboard in which each key is a small E Ink display. All the keys are customizable with the bundled application, and the keyboard can change according to the running application or website.

LDLC Nemeio photo

LDLC's plan is to ship the Nemeio in the "summer of 2019" for $300-$500.

E Ink used to create dynamic CVV credit cards

Idemia developed a new credit card that has changing CVV codes, that can help reduce online credit card fraud. To enable the dynamic code, the credit cards use a small E Ink display that shows a new code every refresh cycle in an efficient process (a one-hour refresh rate has a four-year lifetime).

Idemia ''Motion-Code'' dynamic CVV E Ink credit card photo

US-based PNC Bank is now running a pilot project to test the new cards, which will run for 90 days. Upon the successful end of the trial, Idemia hopes to start offering the new credit cards to customers in early 2019. It is estimated that a "Motion-Code" credit card with the E Ink display will cost about $15 (compared to $2-4 for a regular chip-based card).

The best of 2018 - top ePaper stories

2018 is soon over - and it's nice to reflect back to the year we had experienced. The focus of the e-paper industry continues to shift from e-readers to signage and retail applications, even though the e-reader continues to be a successful and stable market.

Here are the top 10 stories posted on E-Ink-Info in 2018, ranked by popularity (i.e. how many people read the story):

  1. E Ink shows new e-paper products and prototypes at CES 2018 (Jan 10)
  2. PaperCast's E Ink display based systems deployed in Jerusalem Israel's bus stops in a new JTMT pilot (Jan 31)
  3. E Ink shows a prism-powered dress (Jan 12)
  4. Sydney Australia launches new E Ink powered bus stop displays (Mar 2)
  5. Ubiiq launches an LPWAN E Ink connected tag (Feb 17)
  6. Bodle secures over $8 Million in Series A funding (Jan 29)
  7. Will Lenovo's Yoga Book 2 (2018) include an E Ink touch display instead of a keyboard? (Jun 10)
  8. Aizuwakamatsu city in Japan launches an E Ink bus stop display pilot (Feb 19)
  9. CLEARink demonstrates its latest color e-paper displays at SID 2018 (Jun 6)
  10. US starts testing E Ink car license plates (Apr 25)

E Ink introduces its new JustWrite digital paper film

E Ink Holdings introduced a new digital paper film, branded as JustWrite, which aims to bring writing functionality "on every surface".

E Ink JustWrite photo

JustWrite combines an E Ink display with touch functionality - without the use of a TFT backplane. EIH says that JustWrite features almost no latency in pen writing - and so it closely resembles writing on paper, natural surfaces or marker boards. The film is produced via a roll to roll process and requires only a writing stylus and simple electronics to enable functionality.E Ink can produce JustWrite films up to 3-feet in width.

Ford awards Soofa with $50,000 to deploy its E Ink signs in Miram-Date, Florida

Ford launched a City Of Tomorrow challenge in Miami-Date County, Florida - with a goal to improve mobility in the city. One of the two winners was Soofa - with its solar-powered benches and information display signs. Sofa was awarded with $50,000 and will deploy its signs in up to three neighborhoods in the county.

MIT E Ink Soofa Sign photo

Soofa uses 32" E Ink displays (and a system developed by Visionect) to show bus and train arrival times, alternative modes of transportation available and also local events and activities.

A new guide to promising perovskite materials: The Perovskite Handbook

The E-Ink-Info team takes pleasure in recommending our new book - The Perovskite Handbook. This book gives a comprehensive introduction to perovskite materials, applications and industry. Perovskites offer a myriad of exciting properties and has great potential for the display industry.

The Perovskite Handbook

We believe that any display professional would find that perovskite materials are an area of focus that should not be ignored. The promising perovskite industry is currently at a tipping point and on the verge of mass adoption and commercialization and the first display-related perovskites are already reaching the market.