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
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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″ 1200×1600 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.
Flexible screens are potentially going to become massively available during 2013 in new mass market ARM Powered devices. E Ink presents their latest flexible screen technologies, showing the shipping flexible E Ink device by Wexler and talking about what may come out next.
Sriram Peruvemba, E Ink CMO gives an overview of E Ink’s matrix and segmented display products at CES 2013.
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Here’s the YotaPhone, the first dual-mode Android phone that works on LCD and E Ink at the same time on each side of the phone. Yota has developed a few customizations and a new SDK to either just send screenshots of anything that’s on Android over to E Ink or to also enable interactivity on the E Ink side, such as flipping pages with their swipe gestures at the capacitive bottom that is on each side of the device. Expected delivery is to be between Q2 and Q3 2013, Yota Devices is a Russian company but the market for this dual mode E Ink and LCD phone can be worldwide.
Here is http://www.eink.com/ereader_tale.html‘s official latest comedy video showing why we should all consider buying an eink e-reader, at least the crazy cheap $69 Kindle if you haven’t already and let’s get to some serious e-reading going on again if you aren’t already.
I’m looking forward to spend more time outdoors with devices with sunlight readable screens, reading more of the awesome ebooks that I haven’t read yet. I fill those up with the best of project http://gutenberg.org for free, and still looking for Google to fix http://books.google.com
By the way, I’m still very much looking forward to official Google Android support on E Ink, synchronize the Chrome browser on my Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone so that I can always continue reading articles, emails, blog posts, Google+ circles on the WiFi connected and automatically synchronized E Ink e-reader comfortably without a backlight.
Do you ever use your backlit smartphones, tablets or laptops to read your ebooks? I wouldn’t recommend it, even turning down the brightness of the backlight doesn’t come close to the experience of using a backlight-free, frontlit device for any serious reading indoors and outdoors.