Jaasta E Ink Keyboard

Jaasta's E Ink Keyboard uses keys with E Ink displays, so the image can change when you change a language, or use a certain software (for special short-cuts), etc. A dynamic keyboard is not a new idea - we've seen phones with small E Ink keyboards (such as the 2010 Samsung Zeal) and full keyboards with OLED displays. But this is the first full QWERTY keyboard with E Ink displays.

Jaasta plans to fund this project soon with a crowdfunding campaign. The price will be around $300.

Electro Osmosis developer IRX Innovation went bankrupt

There are reports that Dutch-based EPD developer IRX Innovations has gone bankrupt. This is sad news from one of the early EPD pioneers (the original company was established over 10 years ago as Irex Technologies by ex-Philips employees).

Irex first aimed to develop e-reader based on an E Ink display. Their first e-reader (the Iliad) shipped in 2006, and they launched several more models later on. Irex Innovation went bankrupt in 2010, but it was bought by IRX Innovation which also kept all employees. Irex developed a new EPD technology which they called Electro Osmosis which is similar to E Ink (electrophoresis) but the big difference is that the liquid that contains the charged particles also move inside the pixels in Electro Osmosis (in electrophoresis only the charged particles are moving). This enables much faster refresh rates.

YotaPhone 2

The YotaPhone 2 is a dual-screen Android device that has a 4.7" E Ink touch screen on the back. The front display is a 5" OLED display. Other features include a quad-core 2.2 Ghz CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and a 8mp camera.

The YotaPhone is shipping globally for around $400.