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Let's be honest here; we have become slaves to our smartphones. What once was used to make calls and send text messages has morphed into a do-it-all device that can satisfy nearly every whim at a moment's notice. It's why when you go out in public, you often see people staring incessantly at their smartphones instead of enjoying the what's going on around them (including other people). The new Light Phone 2 is being billed as a phone that gives you the basics (i.e. phone calls and SMS messaging), but adds in a few other features to make the device a bit more livable in our fast-paced world. The Light Phone 2 improves upon its predecessor with an e-ink display on front of the device. With this... Read more...
There may come a time when a generation of users views paper-based Post-It notes as relics of a bygone era, and it could happen sooner than you think. Microsoft has already taken a step in that direction by developing a protytpe ultra-lower power display that combines an e-ink screen with photovoltaic energy harvesting and Bluetooth LE wireless technology. The end result is a Post-It sized display that can be deployed in a number of different places. Depending on the amount of ambient lighting, it can be updated every 1 to 25 minutes by communicating with a PC or smartphone. A user might find that handy for displaying outdoor weather conditions, stock quotes, or other dynamic data sets that are... Read more...
Late last week, we brought you news that Pebble is set to launch its next generation smartwatch on Tuesday. Perhaps the most interesting bit of information (other than the fact that the smartwatch is supposed to be thinner and a bit wider) is that the device will feature a color e-ink display. As is typically the case with new tech products, Tuesday’s big reveal was leaked early — and it was leaked this morning by none other than Pebble itself. A mockup image of the smartwatch is still hosted on Pebble’s website, and shows a sleeker device displaying flight information on a yellow background. Just how “colorful” this new e-ink display will be is unknown at this time, but it’s definitely a nice... Read more...
It was nearly three years ago that Pebble commanded an unbelievable $10 million through its Kickstarter campaign, and it was then that we knew this company would have a bright future. Now, despite the company still being in relative infancy, it is managing to get the world curious about its next release, and it accomplishes it in a most classic way: with a countdown. Featured front and center on its official website, Pebble has a countdown that leads us to 10:00AM on Tuesday. As seen in the screengrab below, there's not much in way of a hint at what to expect. But wait - isn't that screen a light blue color? Whereas every single other watch on Pebble's site is white or black? That couldn't be... Read more...
The YotaPhone from Russia’s Yota Devices presents an intriguing take on the smartphone by offering a dual-screen device wherein one side is a typical 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen and the other is an electronic paper display with e-Ink. The Android-based handset is going on sale today in Russia, Austria, France, Spain, and Germany, and it will also be available in twenty CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), European, and Middle East markets by the end of Q1 2014. Notably absent from that list is the Americas. So it goes. The YotaPhone concept offers a new way to view notifications by showing them on the eInk side of the unit all the time. This solves that cloying need to constantly “wake... Read more...
Barnes & Noble was expected to launch a new ereader in October, and the company managed to slip its new 6-inch Nook GlowLight in just under the wire. Launched in time for the holiday sales push, the ereader is designed to compete with the Kindle Paperwhite and offers a soft, built-in reading light. The flyweight device is just 6.2 ounces and has a 6-inch 1024x758 E Ink display and an 800MHz processor, built-in WiFi, and a battery that purports to last 8 weeks on a charge. B&N claims that it can hold up to 2,000 books, and you can get free cloud storage, too. B&N is undercutting Amazon on price, too; the Nook GlowLight is $119 ad-free, whereas the Kindle Paperwhite is $119 with ads... Read more...
Sony and E Ink have collaborated on a brilliant digital paper 13.3-inch notepad tablet that’s designed as an A4 size equivalent. The flexible-display device uses E Ink Mobius technology, and Sony’s part appears to be primarily on the mass production side. DigInfo.Tv shot a demo video of the tablet in action, and the device is impressive. Unlike the tablets we usually see, which boast colorful graphics and glass displays and are designed for multimedia, this one is perfect for note-taking at universities, law firms, and the like. The responsiveness to pen input looks decent, although ideally it would be a little faster still, but the lightweight (358g) and thin (6.8mm) device features... Read more...
Like many electronic devices, the majority of today's smartphones aren't made to survive abuse. With new display technologies that are currently in development however, smartphones of the future may be more durable. These new display technologies enable flexible displays that can be rolled, dropped, squished, and stepped on without damage. Although the dream of having a smartphone that can withstand such abuse may seem far-off, flexible display technology has been in development for a while now. We've seen prototypes at gadget shows, heard and seen demonstrations on various sites, and dreamed of the day when we can have our own flexible smartphone. New rumors suggest our dream may not be too... Read more...
The e-paper universe has largely been dominated by once giant force: E Ink. But there was another player, too. That would be SiPix Technology, and its wholly owned subsidiary SiPix Imaging. The company was founded in 1999, but soon, it won't be operating on its own any longer. E Ink has just agreed to buy shares of SiPix, enhancing its e-paper portfolio and making its stance in the market even stronger. "E Ink is committed to growing the ePaper market and the purchase of SiPix shares is part of our long term growth strategy," said Scott Liu, Chairman of E Ink Holdings. "Our goal is 'E Ink On Every Smart Surface' and we are continuing to make investments in technologies that will open new markets... Read more...
Will your next Kindle be bendable? Maybe! AUO has recently showcased a new electronic ink screen that you can actually bend. Yes, bend. It's a 6" Rollable Organic TFT E-paper sheet, made pliable with high efficiency parts and plastic materials (PEN). Users can place the E-paper in their briefcases or purses without worry of damage. In addition, with its optimized charging circuit design, AUO's 6" Unplugged Flexible E-paper offers considerable power-savings, and its eco-friendly design allows it to be charged through solar power or indoor lighting with no plug in necessary. AUO also presents 4" Flexible AMOLED with Low Temperature Processed Metal Oxide TFT as backplane driver. It is only 0.3mm... Read more...
Display technologies have stalled. There, we said it. A few years ago, we were seriously seeing tons of innovation with display technologies -- everything from color e-ink to Mirasol. But hardly any of those technologies ever grew into a product that could be shipped to consumers, and thus, we're left with normal B&W e-paper and LCDs, with a few OLED display sprinkled in for good measure. But we aren't giving up hope. Researchers from Queens University have introduced a new flexible, e-ink display at the Computer Human Interaction conference, and it's one that they believe could one day replace smartphones. That's a bold claim, for sure, but the Paper Phone truly is something else. The device... Read more...
Color e-ink. It's a fairly tale, of sorts. It's a technology that we know exists, and we know that many companies are working on making it into something that can be produced commercially. But today, the only e-paper that exists in the consumer realm is the black/white kind that's found on the NOOK and Kindle. For well over five years, certain companies have attempted to produce a backlight-free color version of the e-ink displays that are used today on e-readers, but it's obviously a difficult task. It's always hard to have your cake and it too (so to speak), and color e-ink is a dramatic case of exactly that. But Hewlett-Packard, a company that isn't often associated with cutting-edge display... Read more...
Many could argue that the last thing the world needs is another e-book reader, but we aren't yet in that camp. Amazon's Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook could use the competition, and Acer is a solid name in the industry with what appears to be a solid idea of how they plan to change it up (with "it" being the e-reader market). The company has recently announced their 6" LumiRead, which is half-typical e-reader, and half-all new. The entire devices measures only a few millimeters thick, and it's outfitted with 2GB of memory for storing books and other materials. Of course, it uses a no-backlight e-ink display (rather than an LCD, like many of the cheaper e-readers that are emerging these... Read more...
The future of electronic paper (e-paper) is looking brighter. Fujitsu has enhanced its color e-paper so that it now features the world's highest-level of color image quality. By redesigning the panel structure and image re-write methods of the company's previous-version of color e-paper, Fujitsu has improved the contrast ratio of its color e-paper by threefold. The new color e-paper has a 7:1 contrast ratio, offers brighter color, and has an image re-write speed that is twice as fast as Fujitsu's previous color e-paper with the ability to re-write a high-resolution image (1,024 x 768 XGA) in 0.7 seconds. With faster image re-write speeds, you'll see smoother image transitions and better color... Read more...
Another bookstore is jumping on the eBook craze. Borders online recently announced plans to offer the Kobo eReader. The eReader is currently available for pre-order at www.borders.com/koboereader. It will ship in time for Father's Day. The new Kobo eReader is an affordable eInk device that will come preloaded with the Borders eBook app and 100 classic books. The eReader can store up to 1,000 eBooks. Customers will be able to access over a million titles including many of today's best sellers through USB or wirelessly through Bluetooth. “The Kobo eReader is the eReader for everyone and is now available in the U.S. – launching at Borders,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “At... Read more...
Few people will argue that Apple's iPad has put a serious kink in the plans of ereader companies, and devices such as Amazon's Kindle now have to re-think how they'll market themselves. The iPad can easily last ten hours, and it supports illustrations and far richer text than any current e-ink display; now, ereaders are at a big disadvantage. But electronic ink still has a big advantage--it requires far less power than LCDs, so if battery life is of the utmost concern, there's still no beating it. But most people would probably give e-ink another look if it could manage color, and if it could refresh faster. A Dutch company by the name of Liquavista is working hard on developing just that. The... Read more...
Samsung's new eReader will soon be available in the U.S. The Samsung eReader was initially previewed at CES in January. From the eReader, users can access content, write notes directly on the page, highlight content, and share notes with friends. The Samsung eReader offers Wi-Fi connectivity, advanced handwriting capabilities, and access to over one million electronic titles. Samsung partnered with Barnes & Noble to provide the eCommerce storefront for the Samsung eReader. Thanks to the partnership, users will be able to access Barnes & Noble’s digital library of more than one million eBooks, eMagazines, and eNewspapers. Many bestsellers are available for $9.99. Samsung's eReader also... Read more...
It's too early to tell if this is the Eee Reader that was hinted about last autumn, but there's little doubt that Asus will be joining the quickly growing e-reader market in the near future. Amazon has started something that is showing no signs of slowing, with Plastic Logic, Spring Design and a host of other companies announcing their intentions to attempt to oust the Kindle as the go-to reader on the market. Reportedly, Asus will be introducing the DR-570 by the end of 2010, but it won't be just another one in the crowd. In fact, it just might be a game-changer. The reader will supposedly have a 6" screen, but rather than using e-ink like every other reader out there, this one will utilize... Read more...
Each and every time that we think the e-ink and e-reader market has reached its temporary peak, we're reminded yet again exactly what "temporary" means. LG Display, a giant in the monitor and HDTV arena, has just signed a cross-licensing agreement with Taiwan's Prime View International Co., and it'll be buying up $30.5 million worth of that company's bonds. Why? In order to "tap into the fast-growing electronic paper market."Surprised? You shouldn't be.  The display market has been squeezed for years, and with thinning profit margins in the LCD monitor and television segments, there's no better place to be than a blossoming market in which competition is still scant and consumers are willing... Read more...
LCDs may be neat, plasmas may be entertaining and projectors may be awe-inspiring, but e-ink is the future. With the e-book reader revolution fully upon us, there's little doubt that e-ink manufacturers will be pumping out mind-blowing new modifications to improve upon the greyscale versions that we're used to.Liquavista is aiming to be one of the first to break the mold, and if the video posted below is any indication, this company may have something special in store for future-generation readers from Sony, Plastic Logic and Amazon. The LiquavistaBright technology is faster, brighter and more responsive than existing e-ink technologies, enabling users to see their doodles quicker, turn pages... Read more...
Astak launched a new 5-inch Pocket PRO eBook reader that should provide Amazon’s Kindle with some good competition. This new reader supports over 20 open file formats and also features Adobe firmware that adds support for Digital Rights Management PDF files. Thanks to the Adobe firmware, users can read both public-domain titles as well as copy-protected PDF documents on the Pocket PRO. At the end of July, Astak announced they had acquired permission from Adobe Systems to install the Adobe Digital Editions firmware on their 5-inch and 6-inch devices. To date, Astak is only the second company to have obtained this firmware besides Sony. This firmware lets users purchase and read copyright-protected... Read more...
We're a little rusty on our "old sayings," but we're pretty sure one of them goes: "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." With seemingly everyone jumping into the E-reader game these days, we guess it was just a matter of time before the consumer electronics giant known as Samsung jumped into the ring. Following the likes of Amazon, Plastic Logic and BeBook, Samsung Electronics has now announced an E-Book Reader of its own over in South Korea. Initially, at least, the reader will be sold exclusively in the company's home nation, with content provided by a local bookstore chain. The SNE-50K will be priced at around 339,000 won in South Korea, which equates to right around $270 in US dollars. The device... Read more...