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.
This is awesome. Check out this sunlight readable Android phone with a 1-week battery life (not 1-month as said in the video). It's E Ink! E Ink Android smartphone prototype! As you can see in my half-hour long interview with E Ink at IFA last month, E Ink is preparing their smartphone-sized plastics based unbreakable screens to be used on the back of smartphones. Here's an awesome-looking sub-100gr (maybe it's only 70 grams! I'm getting a weight confirmation imminently, check back) E Ink smartphone. Check it out, the UI is usable on this E Ink phone even though the Android UI used is optimized for LCD, it doesn't take much for Google and others to re-optimize Android for E Ink use! Something to do with requiring the least possible UI refreshes to add/change on-screen info. The battery life is roughly ONE WEEK not one month as is said at the end of the video. I guess it depends how much you refresh infos, load data and make phone calls with it, though the screen basically always stays on, potentially always displaying relevant info all the time. It's running on an ARM Cortex-A5 processor, maybe the Qualcomm MSM7227A, to be confirmed.
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Sriram Peruvemba of E Ink shows the latest demonstrations for the use of E Ink on devices and signage around the world. The backs of smartphones and tablets can now be an E Ink screen. Basically, consider having your favorite data always displayed on the back of your smartphone, imagine being able to read e-books and any other text comfortably on the back side of your smartphone or tablet.
The idea is to use E Ink screens to show the lock status of cabinet locks.
Here's the press release:
Hsinchu, Taiwan — August 3, 2012 – E Ink® Holdings, "E Ink" (8069.TW), the global leader in electronic paper and LCD technologies, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to buy shares of SiPix Technology, Inc. (STI) and its wholly owned subsidiary SiPix Imaging, Inc. (SII), the maker of electronic paper displays. Established in 1999, SiPix, based in California and Taiwan, makes micro‐cup technology based electrophoretic displays.
The combined company will offer a vast portfolio of ePaper products that will allow it to expand its existing markets and diversify into newer applications. E Ink's ePaper offers the best digital reading experience. It is easier on the eyes, consumes a fraction of the power compared to traditional displays. It is readable in sunlight, lightweight, rugged and field proven with over 50 million ePaper displays being used worldwide.
"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 for our ePaper displays."
"In the recent past, we enabled an entire eReader market with our electronic paper," said Felix Ho, Vice Chairman of E Ink Holdings. "Today, E Ink's products are finding homes in a number of new applications which can be better served with the inclusion of SiPix's products, technologies and intellectual property to our portfolio."
This purchase shows E Ink's strong commitment to electronic paper displays. In the past 15 years, E Ink has made substantial investments in inventing, designing, manufacturing and marketing ePaper displays to create new markets.
E Ink and SiPix's customers will now have a wider portfolio of products and technologies to choose from with a larger global network of offices to support customers in different geographies. With this purchase, E Ink will have the widest offerings of ePaper technologies, a larger set of products and a stronger patent portfolio.
E Ink currently enjoys over 90%+ share in the eReader market with customers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookeen, Ectaco, Hanvon, iRiver, Kobo, Sony, Wexler and others. E Ink also makes ePaper displays for Signage, Electronic Shelf Labels, Battery and Memory Indicators, Wrist Watches, Credit Cards, Mobile Phones and a variety of other applications. Its customers include Epson, Pervasive Displays, Motorola, Lexar, Citizen, Seiko, Toppan, Invue, Eton, Motion Display, Neolux and many others.
E Ink has reached an agreement to buy 82.7% of SiPix's (STI) shares and is seeking to buy up to 100%, which is valued at approximately NT$1.5 billion. After customary regulatory approvals, the final closing is likely to be during Q4, 2012.