Makuake is the Japanese crowd funding website similar to Kickstarter, they have shipped the FES E Ink watch designed by a Sony department.
E Ink shows their latest displays for Smartwatches, Smartphones and more. Here are some of the solutions that they show in this video:
1. UHF Tag with Information display (Reference product from Hitachi Maxell)
2. 1.54” 200x200 EPD evaluation kit
3. 5.83” Spectra B/W/Yellow EPD evaluation kit
4. 5.83” Spectra B/W/Red EPD evaluation kit
5. 1.43” E Ink Mobius EPD
6. 1.1” E Ink Mobius round EPD
7. 4.7” EPD dual screen solution
8. 2.9” NFC eBadge solution – Battery less
9. Visionect – Joan 6” Conference Room Assistant (Reference product from Visionect)
10. 31.2” Monochrome Signage
11. 31.2” Color Signage
12. 13.3” Color Signage
At the IDTechEx show in Berlin, Sri Peruvemba, former CMO for E Ink, interviewed Dr Paul Apen, Chief Strategy Officer at E Ink. Paul had just completed a talk where he described E Ink’s work in signage and architectural applications.
E Ink shows Yotaphone 2 now mass produced Smartphone with curved flexible E Ink always-on back display, 32" 2560x1440 color and black and white E Ink Pearl by GDS for Digital Signage for train stations, bus stops, stores, waterproof and break-proof, E Ink as Electronic Shelf Tags having sold over 30 million units thus far in the past 2 years (100% growth yr/yr) thus potentially selling over 40 million units in 2015 alone if the growth continues at the same rate! Also able to make extremely bright red electronic shelf tags, they also have 4" and 6" Shelf tag displays. Contept E Ink displays hanging on a backpack, Vikaura smart photo frame (now on Kickstarter), clocks, conferencing room system connected to Outlook or Google Calendar and the E Ink Prism moving into Architecture can be laminated on walls, on tables, such as hotel lobbies, transportation centers, public spaces to create different experiences in tile formations, architects and designers can now contact E Ink to design these uses for E Ink in Architecture.
Felix Ho, CEO of Taiwanese based YFY Group, a diversified conglomerate company owning companies such as E Ink, creating electrophoretic displays, and Arizon, creating RFID inlays, describes in this video their interest in printed electronics. Ho gave a keynote presentation at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA event in Santa Clara, Ca on November 19-20 2014, the world’s largest event on printed, flexible and organic electronics with around 3000 attendees and 200 exhibitors. Before the event, Ho reported, "YFY believes printed electronics will connect and empower everyday objects in ways we never imagined. We have eagerly followed the field for almost 2 decades, and never has the space been more active and relevant than now. We are anxious to see the field's progress, and hope to draw inspiration from the participants at the industry's leading event from IDTechEx." For more information see www.IDTechEx.com
E Ink showing off some of the latest most awesome E Ink devices yet released and demonstrated on the market. Taking advantage of the low power high readable E Ink display technology. This includes E Ink Smartwatches, E Ink Carta E-readers, the Sony 13.3" flexible ultra-light E Ink Digital Paper and more.
Tour of the E Ink CES 2014 booth, featuring all the latest coolest E Ink devices on the market and prototypes. The E Ink device that I think is the "Best of CES" is the 13.3" Sony DPT-S1, the biggest and the lightest ultra-readable 13.3" touch device in the world (currently only released in limited few-thousand unit trials in Japan) uses the 13.3" 1200x1600 Mobius E Ink display with protective film instead of glass for it to be ultra-thin at 6.8mm and weigh only 358grams and to also offer a better stylus experience. Aloso featuring the latest E Ink for Smartwatches, thus keeping the display always on, which is important for a Smartwatch. Featuring new giant E Ink clocks to put on walls, E Ink signage displays, the latest E Ink e-readers on the market and more.
The new E Ink Carta technology delivers a 50% increase in contrast over Pearl E Ink, 20% less reflections, Carta technology is now in the newest Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 6" e-reader, and E Ink also shows the new Regal Wave Form technology which removes the need for full page refreshes allowing for faster refreshes for up to a hundred page turns when reading. E Ink also shows a smartwatch based on their flexible E Ink Mobius screen technology. E Ink Mobius screens are flexible and can be custom shaped enabling smaller new form factors. E Ink claims that the CST-1 watch is the thinnest watch in the world at .8mm thick. The E Ink watch amazingly gets a month of battery. Also here's an A4 sized Mobius display. Sony has there own Mobius display based product designed for education with touch and active digitizer capabilities. E Ink Mobius screens due to their flexibility are much more durable than glass LCDs. Mobius screens currently use E Ink Pearl technology but could in theory upgrade to E Ink Carta. E Ink also shows electronic replacements for paper signs which is useful in retail outlets. Electronic signs enable real time price updates enabling much more accurate pricing which makes consumers more confident in a retailer. The electronic signs can last 5 years on a battery and in theory could operate without batteries.
E Ink has improved the color with Triton2, showcasing the Ectaco Jetbook device (without front light), it's also possible to use front light with E Ink Triton2 adding more light to the system, which shows off the colors better.
E Ink expects to ship massive amounts of smartphone sized E Ink screens starting this year. The first type has E Ink as the main display. The second type has the E Ink as the secondary display on the back-side of the smartphone behind the LCD or AMOLED screen in the front.