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...

New e-paper device: 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.

New e-paper device: 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.

New e-paper device: QuirkLogic Quilla

QuirkLogic's Quilla is a 42" smart whiteboard (the picture below shows three such whiteboards sude by side) that are based on touch-enabled E Ink displays. The system stores everything that you draw on the whiteboards. The displays are powered on batteries that can last for 16 hours on each charge.

QuirkLogic Quilla photo

QuirkLogic did not yet reveal the price or release plans of these smart whiteboards.