The best of 2017 - top ePaper stories

2017 is soon over - and this has been an interesting year for the e-paper industry. We continued to see the trend that began a few years ago - with the focus of the industry on signage and retail applications rather than e-readers, even though the e-reader market is stronger than expected.

Here are the top 10 stories posted on E-Ink-Info in 2017, ranked by popularity (i.e. how many people read the story):

  1. Dasung runs out of its 13.3" E Ink monitor, readying its next-gen Bluetooth powered one (Jan 21)
  2. E Ink demonstrates a foldable 10.2" e-paper prototype (Jun 16)
  3. Q&A with Sri Peruvemba, Visionect's new board member and E Ink veteran (Oct 18)
  4. Vienna's Airport Line install E Ink signage in all its shuttle bus stations (Nov 11)
  5. Samsung patents a mobile phone cover with an E Ink display (Jan 23)
  6. Visionect launches a new 13.3" digital E Ink sign (May 19)
  7. Japan Display developed a 400-600 PPI E Ink backplane (May 23)
  8. E Ink iPhone case makers PopSlate goes bankcrupt (Mar 19)
  9. E Ink and Dai Nippon to launch a new E Ink Prism based retail system (Mar 8)
  10. E Ink and Texen to bring battery-less displays based smart packaging (Jan 22)

Meet SRD: Bodle's e-paper display technology based on PCM materials

While E Ink is certainly the clear leader in the e-paper market, some companies are developing what they hope will become next-gen e-paper displays. Bodle, based in Oxford, UK, is developing a technology it calls SRD, based on research that started in Oxford University a few years ago.

Bodle SRD display mechanism

SRD, or Solid-State Reflective Displays, creates color using light interference inside an ultra-thin film. The film contains a phase-change material, the same one used in writable CD-R discs. When this material is switched between its amorphous and crystalline phases, the color is changed.

Royole RoWrite

Update: It turns out that the wordpad does not use a display at all, it only includes a touch sensor onto which you place regular paper that you write on.

The Royole RoWrite wordpad (RO-F930-A) is an E Ink (~10-inch) powered tablet that includes memory for about 40 notes, and it can transfer these to both iOS and Android devices (via Bluetooth). It seems that the display is 9.7" in size.

Royole RoWrite photo

The RoWrite will ship in China on December 22, for 799 yuan (about $120).