E Ink power efficient displays offer significant value to product designers, not only for eReaders, but also for mobile devices. Using an E Ink display as a primary or secondary display can extend battery life and support always on information.
Smartphone adoption rates have steadily increased in recent years, and that adoption has changed our habits as cell phone users. A recent IDC study stated that 79% of all Smartphone users check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up, and 63% of Smartphone users keep their phones with them for all but 1 hour of their waking day. Smartphones have become an essential tool in our lives. Apps help us manage our daily tasks; book or check flights, manage our exercise plan or access files from the cloud. As our need to stay connected grows, and our reliance on the convenience of our Smartphones and their tools grows, battery life becomes ever more important.
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.
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.
You can find a full listing of our press coverage on our website, but we wanted to share a few video articles from video blogger Charbax, who spent nearly an hour with our CMO, Sri Peruvemba.
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?