Ynvisible signs a license agreement with Sweden's RISE institutes, to expand its product offering

Electrochromics display developer Ynvisible announced that it has entered into a non-exclusive licensing agreement with Sweden's RISE research institutes. Ynvisible will have access to RISE's printed electrochromic displays IP which will enable Ynvisible to complement and expand its product offering.

Ynvisible aims to adopt RISE's technology into its high-volume production capability in Sweden. The new technologies will enable Ynvisible to offer displays that directly compete traditional segmented displays such as LCDs.

Ynvisible raises $1 million, acquires electrochromic display developer rdot

Ynvisible announced that it has acquired the electrochromic display developer rdot, for $123,000 plus time-limited performance remuneration. rdot's two employees will join Ynvisible's team. Ynvisible says that it will adopt rdot's display prototyping business and transfer the technology to its high volume industrial production facility.

Ynvisible also announced that it will be closing a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of $1.5 million CAD (around $1.08 million USD).

ePaper displays in 2020 - a market snapshot

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.

Amazon Kindle Kids Edition photo

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.

Printed Electrochromics boldly goes where no display has gone before


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Example use-case for printed electrochromics, Ynvisible
Fig.1 Example use case for printed electrochromics: a shock detector smart label with an interactive printed interface.

Expanding Need for Simple Electronic Display Functionality

Rapid advances in the miniaturization and reduction of costs in computing, electronic sensing, and communications have allowed the integration of “smart” electronic functionality into almost everything. ”Intelligence” is now embedded into a wide range of everyday objects, and spread throughout our working and living environments. Much of this intelligence, data collection and transfer is hidden from the human senses, requiring little or no human involvement. But as the number of human daily touch points and interactions with smart devices grows, so too does the importance of user experience design and the role of displays.

Ynvisible and NXN launches new electrochromic ink colors for Ynvisible's displays

Ynvisible announced a new partnership with Electrochromic Polymers developer NxtGen Nano. The two companies will work together to incorporate NXN's color Electrochromic Polymers (ECP) inks in Ynvisible's systems and manufacturing services. This will enable Ynvisible to offer a new range of color displays.

Ynvisible NXN color printed electrochromics displays photo

The two companies announced that they already sold a prototype multi-color project to a Fortune 500 medical and diagnostics devices company. NXN and Ynvisible have earlier experience in working together and sold several commercial color electrochromic prototype devices to several premium consumer brand product companies.

Merry Christmas with Ynvisible's flexible electrochromic displays

Ynvisible sent us this nice Christmas card, that shows off the company's flexible transparent electrochromic displays. Ynvisible's displays are produced using a simple printing method, which allows them to be quite cost effective.

Ynvisible was established in Portugal in 2010, and in 2011 the company started producing sample products (we tested one in August 2012). In September 2018, the company has gone through a reverse take-over, and the Canadian headquartered Ynvisible Interactive Inc. has inaugurated its new production line near Lisbon.

Ynvisible to acquire Sweden-based Consensum, a printed electronics contract manufacturer

Ynvisible was established in Portugal in 2010 to develop flexible transparent electrochromic displays produced using a simple printing method. In 2011 the company started producing sample products (we tested one in August 2012).In September 2018, the company has gone through a reverse take-over, and the now Canadian headquartered Ynvisible Interactive Inc. has inaugurated its new production line near Lisbon.

ynvisible electrochromic display structure

Ynvisible now announced that it is set to acquire Sweden-based Consensum Production AB, a contract manufacturer of printed electronics and hybrid systems. The Consensum team has accumulated over a decade of experience in roll-to-roll printing of different electronic components, including displays. The company operates a full-scale roll-to-roll production line and processes required for manufacture, converting and testing of printed electronics components and systems.

ynvisible ramps up its in-house display production as the company aims to see its displays in the IOT market by 2019

ynvisible was established in Portugal in 2010 to develop flexible transparent electrochromic displays produced using a simple printing method. In 2011 the company started producing sample products (we tested one in August 2012). Fast forward to September 2018, the company has gone through a reverse take-over, and the now Canadian headquartered Ynvisible Interactive Inc. has inaugurated its new production line near Lisbon, and we had an interesting discussion with the company's CEO, Jani-Mikael Kuusisto who updates us on the company's technology and business.

ynvisible is focusing on developing the inks that are used to print these relatively simple displays for use in everyday consumer goods and printable surfaces. The electrochromic displays are cost-effective and highly energy-efficient. The company used to have a capacity to produce a few thousands of displays each month, but the new production facility can produce hundreds of thousands of displays each month.

rdot demonstrates its printed flexible e-paper displays at SID 2018

Sweden-based rdot demonstrated its flexible printed electrochromic display prototypes at SID Displayweek 2018. These are simple displays that are produced using screen printing technology. rdot says that its displays will be ultra-low cost when commercialized.

rdot's displays are monochrome segmented (passive-matrix ones are under development) e-paper displays that are non-volatile (but only up to around 15 minutes, these are not long-term). The displays can be be produced in any color.

Q&A with Sri Peruvemba, Visionect's new board member and E Ink veteran

Sri Peruvemba sketchVisionect recently appointed Sri Pervuemba to its board of directory. Sri is a long time display veteran and was E Ink's chief marketing manager for over 10 years. Sri is also a good friend and has been supporting E-Ink-Info from its launch. Sri was kind enough to answer a few questions we had regarding the e-paper market and Visionect's technology and platform.

But first, an official bio: Sri Peruvemba is the CEO of Marketer International. His 25 years of experience in the electronics industry include marketing LCD, CRT, TFEL, OLED, LED, Plasma and ePaper displays into the consumer, mobile, industrial, medical, signage and TV markets. He earned a BSEE, a MBA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. He was previously CMO for E Ink and also held senior level positions at Sharp Corp, TFS Inc., Planar Systems and Suntronic Technology. Peruvemba currently serves as Director on the Board of Visionect Inc., as well as on the board of the Society for Information Display(SID).