On April 22 the world celebrated Earth Day, and on April 23, many of us participated in World Book Night. A great way to continue the spirit of these events is by eReading. In support of that effort, E Ink has introduced a new ongoing campaign “Free eBook Fridays“.
In early March, Deutsche Telekom, together in partnership with major German publishers & booksellers, Bertelsmann Club, Thalia, Der Club, Hugendubel & Weltbild, announced the launch of a new eReader targeted for the German market. The tolino shine is available for sale online now, through one of the above bookstores, or T-Mobile.
Last week E Ink attended Digital Signage Expo (DSE) 2013 – our very first signage show!
Many of you may not realize this, but E Ink actually started off in signage, with our very first product in 2000 – a simple segmented large area sign.
What is arguably the biggest innovation in Smartphones since the introduction of the iPhone will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week. The YotaPhone, by Yota Devices, was a Best of CES 2013 award winner. The YotaPhone abandons the classic single LCD Smartphone design. At MWC, Yota will be introducing a revolutionary new smartphone with an E Ink ePaper display on the back of the phone. The extremely low power E Ink display enables the YotaPhone to deliver new functionality and extended battery life at the same time.
In January, Central Standard Timing launched a revolutionary new watch at the 2013 CES show. E Ink’s SURF display was an integral part of their vision and design process, and together we previewed the CST-01 during ShowStoppers and in press meetings, to overwhelmingly positive feedback.
Central Standard Timing made the CST-01 watch available on Kickstarter, with an initial goal of raising $200,000 within 45 days. Today is day 42 and the team has raised $907,050, and are pushing to hit $1 Million before they close off the campaign.
Last week E Ink participated in CES 2013 in Las Vegas. While we didn’t exhibit at the show, we attended ShowStoppers, a press event on Tuesday night, and met with reporters throughout Wednesday to offer a sneak peak at some new technologies and products coming up in the future.
Last week I posted about the new YotaPhone and how they are utilizing our new flexible, dynamic, active matrix display to offer a futuristic take on the smartphone; a dual screened phone with EPD on one side, and LCD on the other.
For E Ink, flexible, high resolution, active matrix displays are a new offering; however, product designers have been imagining the possibilities utilizing a flexible TFT for years. There have been several companies looking to launch products using these displays, but the Wexler FlexONE was the first eReader on the market using such technology.
Yesterday, December 12, our customer, Yota, announced a new phone coming in 2013 that features an E Ink display.
While E Ink has been included in cell phones before, with the Motofone F3, the Samsung Alias 2 and the Sony Ericsson Urbano Affare, the E Ink display had been a small supplemental display, or a keypad. The Yota product marks the first time E Ink will be a large secondary display on a smartphone.
Yet this phone is not significantly heavier or using significantly more power. How is this possible?
Our friends over at Worldreader are one of 25 nonprofits competing for a $1 million grant through the Chase American Giving Awards.
Voting is open from now until Tuesday, December 4. Your vote for Worldreader could help them win $1 million to be used to empower the future generations of Africa.
You can cast your vote here: http://vote4books.com/WR_Eink.
Worldreader’s Mission – taken from their website
- Worldreader is a US and European non-profit whose mission is to make digital books available to children in the developing world, so millions of people can improve their lives. As of October 2012, we’ve put over 229, 000 e-books – and the life-changing, power-creating ideas contained within them – into the hands of 1,000 children in sub-Saharan Africa. Those children now read more, read better, and are improving their communities.
Digital technology sharply lowers the cost and complexity of delivering books everywhere. As we make reading easier and less expensive, the the world will read more.