I think the most promising Note E-reader form factor, here I compare devices using the same awesome 10.3" flexible (plastics based) E Ink display at 1872x1404 at 226dpi, in thin and light 320-350gr form factors but with different E Ink implementations yet where the Onyx Note seems smoother in the way it manages note taking, page turning, navigating inside of its Android based UI. While the reMarkable seemed to "blink" more in its (Linux?) based UI and with the note taking also seemingly smoother on the Onyx Note at least based on the current firmware that I was able to test and based on how I was able to use the reMarkable. The Onyx Note is shipping shortly at $549 on Amazon (I think they said it's to start shipping between now and February) while the reMarkable is available at $599 on their website once the perfect Android apps for smart collaborative and productive work are available especially for the Onyx Note (I am not sure how the reMarkable manages evt collaboration work and productivity?), I believe this market segment could grow rapidly to be a very important new market segment. One where creative people will be able to read and work with ideas, with texts in a much more interesting and productive way.
At CES 2018, Onyx is launching Boox Note, the nicest E Ink device yet, thin and light (320gr) 10.3" 1872x1404 (227dpi) E Ink notepad e-reader to be shipping in February at $549 on Amazon (with a red limited edition for Valentine's Day) and the Onyx Boox Max2 is a 13.3" 2200x1650 (207dpi) E Ink notepad e-reader at 550gr in weight for sale now at $849 at Amazon.com (price to be $799) both run on a Quad-core ARM Processor, with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, very long battery life with a 4100mAh battery in both. The HDMI input is available on Max2 to use the 13.3" E Ink display as a Computer monitor. Both come with WACOM stylus note input with 2048 levels of touch input for annotations, note taking, idea scribbling, pdf document scribble overlays, with 11 ebook formats supported, eventually that can be used for collaboration and productivity. Both run Android and any Android apk that runs on Android 6 can be loaded and used on these devices which run with 2GB RAM and 32GB Flash storage with a MicroSD slot.
Interview at IDTechEx show USA 2017 with Joel Pollack, board member at CLEARink, formerly responsible for Amazon Kindle display design at Lab126, also formerly CEO of Clairvoyante (now part of Samsung) and Dr Bob Fleming, CTO for CLEARink. They just won the IDTechEx award for best technical development materials. CLEARink previously won the award at SID for this reflective display technology, it uses Total Internal Reflection (TIR) to create white pixels and electrophoresis to create black pixels using black particles in a solution. Here is a video that shows how the technology works. Also see my SID video interview of their CEO, at CLEARink is targeting eSchoolbooks and Wearables, their product is low power, sunlight readable like other ePaper technologies but they are making ePaper 2.0 which offers color and video in addition to the usual benefits of ePaper.
Filmed at SID’s Displayweek 2017, we got to see CLEARink’s monochrome, color and video displays. This was the first public demo of this technology which originated at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Company is aiming for applications which require all the benefits of ePaper along with mass producible color and full motion video. They have commenced trial manufacturing at a LCD fab and hope to derive benefits of a fully depreciated factory. I interviewed their vp of marketing, Sri who has been in the display industry for decades. I also posted my interview with CLEARink's CEO here.
After the previous videos that I recently filmed with Onyx showing their 1-month battery life E Ink ARM Powered laptop and their new upcoming amazing e-readers which you can see here. At Computex 2017, Onyx demonstrates some of their software features to come with their next generations of large E Ink display notepad reader devices, to come with new faster ARM chipsets (maybe the same new 64bit quad-core Marvell IAP140 ARM Processor which is also in the amazing new Sony DPT-RP1, I'm just guessing). Here their software for example can move and reduce the size of handwritten notes to fit more onto a page and nicely put it on lines for note taking. Onyx is aiming to bring their next generation amazing 10.3", 13.3" and 9.7" devices with also their new software. Onyx is trying to bring in some big educational customers trying to optimize the hardware and software of large E Ink notepads for the education market.
E Ink shows some of their latest awesome demos including a 10.2" Flexible Carta Mobius plastic flexible based e-reader device with 220ppi high resolution, an impressive color changing 2-pigment E Ink Prism dress, 42" active matrix E Ink for digital signage, Plastic Logic shows some of their plastics based flexible E Ink displays such as 10.7" with organic material flexible backplane, color E Ink, shelf labels, Visionect Joan conference room displays, Sony FES Watch U, Amazon Oasis, E Ink Smart Card updating through NFC. And the QuirkLogic Quilla 42" interactive whiteboard. Filmed at the SID Display Week.
Netronix shows some of their latest E Ink devices, including color E Ink, ePaper Bus Stop that can be solar powered, electronic shelf labels and the 13.3" Flexible Mobius e-reader and the 6.8" E Ink device with digitizer.
CLEARink Displays Chairman and CEO, Frank Christiaens and VP of Engineering, Scott Ferguson, won "Best of Show" at SID DisplayWeek 2017 in Los Angeles. CLEARink Displays works on the principle of Total Internal Reflection (TIR) which occurs on the top plane of the display, when light is reflected back creating white state images. The top plane also encompasses an electrophoretic (ePaper) mechanism where an applied voltage causes black particles to rise to the top and cover the bottom surface of the film and absorb light, thus creating the black state. The bottom plane is a TFT substrate similar to what is used in the LCD industry, the backplane allows for pixel formation. This technology has all the benefits of electronic paper including low power, sunlight readability, extremely thin and light and flexible plus the added benefit of lower cost color and video. The CLEARink demos are running video at 30frames/second, some of the demos were hybrid static text and dynamic video on the same page. The company said that they are targeting eSchoolbooks, Wearables, Mobile Devices etc but they can also make products for Electronic Shelf Labels/IoT as well as Signage displays. CLEARink is in trial production in a LCD fab and will have samples ready for the customer in the next few months with mass production in Q1 2018.
Onyx unveils the world's first 13.3" Flexible high-resolution E Ink Carta device, for the first time shown to the public, with an amazing 2200x1650 resolution, fast handwriting for annotations and notes, beautiful rendering of A4 documents, pdf, epub and any other formats compatible with e-readers on Android. This is just one of the whole range of E Ink Carta devices shown by Onyx, they also have 6" devices, 6.8", 9.7" and the 10.3" device and the 9.7" ONYX Typewriter that I also filmed in this other Onyx video, ONYX also shows that it will be possible to mirror or extend a laptop display (or any other HDMI source) onto an upcoming 13.3" ONYX device and also ONYX has an amazing 9.7" ultra-light device with capacitive buttons in the works featured at the end of this video.
Onyx Typewriter has up to 25 days battery life in use (up to 50+ days battery life in standby according to Onyx), it is the world's first E Ink Laptop. The screen can be perfect to type texts outdoors, during the day in the sunlight, in the park, on your boat, on your balcony, on the beach, to get some natural sunlight while doing work! Of course the E Ink Laptop cannot replace your existing laptop, this is why a smart UI is going to be required. Onyx Typewriter runs Android so a smart app/instance could potentially make this great.
Onyx 10.3" BOOX Buddy from Onyx (at 7min27sec in this video) is one of the most amazing E Ink devices that I have even seen, amazingly light, thin, the E Ink display is flexible! Flush with the bezels, has a digitizer annotations support and capacitive touch, extremely beautiful and check how quick the stylus input is, it feels nearly like writing with a pen on paper!
These new awesome Onyx devices are two of the coolest new devices in the world. Here are just two, but there is more (check my other Onyx video featuring Onyx BOOX Max Carta 13.3" 2200x1650 Flexible E Ink device here) could enter mass production and be released in the months to come, when they can be perfected for release. Hopefully the price for these will be affordable, that might depend on the popularity and demand for these special E Ink displays, as the highest cost of these devices is the E Ink display and E Ink prices their displays cheaply only if the volumes are going to be big enough.