E Ink Holdings posts first operating profit in five years

E Ink Holdings reported its financial results for 2016, with the first operating profit in five years. The company was still profitable, due to royalty earnings, but now its operations are profitable too - in 2016 operating income was NT$61 million ($2 million USD).

The company's chairman says that the improvement stems from a better product mix, enhanced productivity - and the company's new asset-light policy and divestment from unprofitable business. E Ink quite the LCD market to focus on its e-paper technologies. New sales drivers are e-paper displays, electronic shelf labels and electronic signages. Demand from e-reader remains stable and E Ink actually expects annual growth in that market.

E Ink iPhone case makers PopSlate goes bankcrupt

E Ink iPhone case developer PopSlate announced that the company has entered into the legal process for dissolution of the company, and current customers that ordered its PopSlate 2 case will not get their products or be issued a refund

PopSlate 2 photo

In early 2016 PopSlate raised $1.1 million in a crowd funding campaign to develop the PopSlate 2 - which was supposed to offer a 4.7" 800x450 E Ink display for the back of your phone.

E Ink and Dai Nippon to launch a new E Ink Prism based retail system

In March 2016 Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) announced a strategic partnership with E Ink to co-develop and co-market products that use E Ink displays - mainly targeting the retail market and also security cards and smartcards.

DNP and E Ink booth at RetailTech Japan 2016

E Ink Holdings now says that the two companies will launch a point-of-purchase (POP) interactive advertising display next month. The POP solution will be based on E Ink's Prism color-variable e-paper technology. The system can "sense consumers' shopping behavior" and display responsive colors and patterns "in line with the sensed behavior". The idea is that such a display will make products more visible and attractive to consumers.

Oaxis InkCase IVY

The Oaxis InkCase IVY is a smart iPhone 7 case that offers a 2.13" E Ink display that can display the time, notifications, to-do lists and calendar reminders. It can also be customized to show an image so to enhance the style of your iPhone case. The IVY can last up to two months between charges, and protects your phone using BubblePro drop protection tech.

Oaxis Inkcase IVY photo

The IVY will ship soon and is ready for pre-order at $49 for the black and white version and $52 for the wood finish model (these prices are lower than the price after launch).