CST fails to develop ultra-thin flexible E Ink watch, project's fate uncertain

Jun 23, 2015

In 2013, CST introduced the CST-01 ultra-thin, flexible E Ink watch. The company later raised over $300,000 in a kickstarter campaign, offering each watch for $129.

Unfortunatly, CST faced production problems, and due to low component yields, and actual price of each watch climbed to $260. CST decided to change its manufacturor (Flextronics), but it is almost out of money.

Sonder keyboard

The Sonder Keyboard is a full keyboard in which all letter and numeric keys are small E Ink displays that can be customized. The keyboard supports Bluetooth and has front lighting.

The Sonder Keyboard was announced in June 2015, with a price tag of $299. The keyboard hasn't been released yet, but advanced pre-orders are available for $199. Sonder says the keyboard will ship by the end of 2016.

E Ink like panels to enable smart windows that dynamically change their opacity and color temperature

Jun 19, 2015

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati, in collaboration with Merck and HP are developing low-cost large films that can be used to create smart windows that can dynamically adapt for brightness, color temperatures and opacity.

The so-called electro-kinetic pixel technology is based on the electrophoretic principle - the same one used in E Ink panels. The researchers are developing a way to create large-sized sheets of those pixels at low cost.

Kindle Paperwhite (2015)

The Kindle Paperwhite 2015 is a new version of Amazon's popular paperwhite kindle e-reader. The new 2015 edition upgrades the display with a new 6" 300DPI E Ink Carta panel. The e-reader has front-light, Wi-Fi (3G optional) and 4GB of storage (free cloud storage for Amazon content).

The new Paperwhite will launch on June 30 2015, and will cost $119 (basic Wi-Fi edition, ad supported).

E Ink launches a new Spectra Yellow ePaper display

Jun 02, 2015

Two years ago, E Ink announced the Spectra e-paper panels that feature three pigments - black, white and red. Today the company announced an expansion of that product line to include the Spectra Yellow, which can show black, white or yellow colors.

The Spectra panels are aimed for electronic shelf label (ESL) retail applications. E Ink says that red and yellow are two of the most widely used colors relevant to in-store displays and signage. Spectra panels support both active-matrix and segmented format displays.