Pixel Qi closes down, its IP may find an owner though (Updated)

Jan 14, 2015

Update: turns out that Pixel Qi still exists, it's products are still being made by some makers (including CPT), and it's IP actually has been released to the public (under the DPL license). Read more here.

Back in 2010, Pixel Qi started producing its interesting dual-mode displays. This technology was promising as it allowed you to have a regular LCD display that can be switched to a black-and-white sunlight-readable power-efficient mode. Pixel Qi never managed to sell a lot of displays or find any serious device partner.

The company is now out of business. US-based Tripuso Display Solutions still produces Pixel-Qi displays under license, and may end up buying Pixel Qi's IP. In any case this is a sad end to an innovative technology that managed to attract an investment from 3M back in 2011.

E Ink Prism - animated large-area flexible E Ink panels

Jan 08, 2015

E Ink announced a new technology called Prism that uses new flexible E Ink materials to create animated walls/furniture that can respond to input. The idea is that a conference room door can change colors based on whether the room is occupied, or a wall can change color and be animated.

Those large-area (but still very power efficient) E Ink panels are probably very expensive, and currently E Ink will sell made-to-order installations for stores, lobbies, etc.

Lenovo Vibe Band VB10

The Lenovo Vibe Band VB10 is a fitness band that uses a curved E Ink display on a metal case (either black, gold or white). The 30 gram device keeps track of your calories, sleep quality, steps and travel distance - and can last for 7 days between charges. It also shows phone notifications.

The VB10 is set to launch in April, in china only for $89.

LookSee Eyecatcher

Looksee's Eyecatcher Bracelet is a smart wearable device that has a large curved E Ink display (150 PPI) that can show custom images and phone notifications. The display is always on, and the device should last for months on a single charge (it does not show time) - depending on the number of times you will change the display. If you update once every hour it will last for a year.

Looksee E Ink bracelet image

LookSee launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund the Eyecatcher, which costs $400.