E Ink Holdings has unveiled a new 10.3" foldable ePaper display. The company is working on foldable displays for a long time, and according to the CEO, "the crease issue on foldable display is improving".
EPD solution provider Netronix announced that it has received major orders for E Ink name badges from a medical testing equipment company in the US, with shipments to start in Q3 2020.
Netronix also reports that interest in its e-Notebook products have increased, while demand for electronic baggage tags is much lower due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is also active with electronic shelf labels, large-area ePaper signage and e-readers (the company will ramp up its 6-inch color E Ink e-readers and name tags in Q3 2020).
Wireless charging developer Energous announced a partnership with E Ink Holdings to develop WattUp-enabled Electronic Paper Display (EPD) tags for IoT displays such as logistics tags, electronic shelf labels and retail signage.
The goal of this new collaboration is to embed Energous' technology inside the EPD display, which will create displays that can be charged wirelessly at distances up to 15 feet away.
Most people when they think about ePaper displays immediate think about E Ink. E Ink Holdings (EIH) has been very successful in bringing its ePaper displays to the market - and today these are prevalent in e-readers, electronic shelf labels, e-notebooks and many other applications. While EIH indeed has a clear leadership in the ePaper market, it is not alone.
But first of all, it is important to note that there are many display technologies that could be called ePaper displays. Most people would only consider truly bi-stable displays able to show dot-matrix images as ePaper displays, but some other technologies that are not truly bi-stable also exist and some consider these as ePaper displays as well - for example Memory LCDs. In addition some simpler displays technologies that are similar to ePaper in properties also exist. We will discuss both these technologies in this article.
E Ink Holdings announced that the University of Tartu in Estonia deployed E Ink display signage at its recently opened Delta Center. The project was led by Artec Design.
The University uses 13.3" e-paper displays to update daily lecture schedules and replaces currently used paper signage. The systems offer extremely low power requirements and wide readability.
This interesting video from IDTechEx's conference shows Toyobo's Xenomax polyimide film, used as substrates for flexible E Ink displays. Toyobo says that its films are used by E Ink in all 13.3" flexible e-paper displays:
E Ink Holdings announced a collaboration with Taiwan-based display maker Innolux to develop large-size color (ACeP) panels. Specially, EIH will produce ACeP E Ink displays and Innolux will produce display modules and promote them to the market.
The two companies will focus on IoT and Smart City applications. Some example of target applications include public transportation signage (including metro, railway, trains and buses), in-vehicle signage and retail signage.
Jeremie Rousseau, from France, suffers from a genetic disease called Syndome Triple-A, a rare autosomal recessive congenital disorder. There are several symptoms that result from this disorder - and one of these is alacrima - the inability to produce enough tears. Jeremie finds it very difficult to work with computer monitors - even after following his Doctor's advice to decrease the contrast and brightness of his LCD display.
Jeremie was looking for solutions that will enable him to work for longer times in front of a monitor, and he found a good solution with Dasung's Paperlike E Ink monitors. Jeremie finds that he can work for many hours in front of the E Ink monitors - used to read, write e-mails and read long PDF files.
WaveShare announced a new 4.2" 400x300 and 7.5" 800x480 NFC-powered E Ink devices. The idea is that these can be used as small monitors that do not require any batteries or power.
These devices can be updated via a smartphone that supports NFC (via the NFCTag application). Screen refresh rime is around 4-5 seconds. The price of the 4.2" model is $39.99 and the 7.5" model is $68.99. Waveshare says that not all smartphones will have a strong enough NFC to connect to the devices, but Waveshare offers a dedicated NFC board with a micro-SD card for $22. These devices also ship from Amazon.com, costing a bit more than directly via WaveShare.
The Greek islands of Santorini and Syros installed solar-powered E Ink bus stop signage displays, developed by Papercast and implemented by AMCO Inspired Technologies.
Both projects, initiated by the Greek government are part of a wider national strategy to develop intelligent transport systems to handle the increasing demand for travel with sustainable transportation. The greek islands hope to use this new technologies to optimise route planning and provide passengers with real-time trip related information.