E Ink creates 1.73-inch display for smartwatches, launches in Sonostar Smartwatch
E Ink, a manufacturer of monochrome displays, has announced it is creating a 1.73-inch e-paper screen for use with smartwatches. Offering 16 shades of greyscale, a resolution of 320x240, and low power requirements, Slashgear reports that the display will be surfacing in the Sonostar Smartwatch, due to be shown later this week at Computex.
Factory creating 15,000 Pebble watches per week
The Pebble smart watch will be shipping to backers on January 23rd. Company CEO Eric Migicovsky made the announcement at CES, adding that the e-paper timepiece will be shipping in batches, and is good news to Kickstarter backers that have waited for the wrist-based gadget, including through a number of production delays.
Pebble smartwatch gets huge boost on Kickstarter
The latest crowd-sourced funding phenomenon to come out of Kickstarter.com has raised $100 thousand in the first two hours after being listed on the crowd-sourcing website. The Pebble E-Paper smartwatch will offer users of both iPhones and Android devices smartwatch capabilities when paired over Bluetooth. Users will be able to receive incoming alerts that can be delivered audibly or through a silent vibration function.
Flex Lighting demos front light e-reader solution
Flex Lighting has demoed a new LED-based technology that aims to solve the problem of lighting for devices using either monochrome or color e-paper. Currently, most fans of e-readers either have to use room lighting, or clip-on lights to read at night. The Flex Lighting solution (see video) works by distributing LED light across a very thin guide layer laminated directly into the surface of an e-reader screen.
Qualcomm brings its Mirasol technology to life
Qualcomm has teamed with Kyobo Book Center to launch the world's first e-reader to use a Mirasol-based color e-paper display. After killing what would have been the first generation version of the device in June before its planned launch, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs has now made good on his promise to deliver a 5.7-inch Mirasol device. The Kyobo eReader, which also runs Android 2.3 has now gone on sale in South Korea for the equivalent of $310.
Device described as a 'smartpad'
Notion Ink has announced additional details regarding its upcoming tablet device, which is now referenced by the monicker Adam, according to The Hindu. The Android-based device features a three-mode Pixel Qi display filled with 1024x600 pixels and spanning 10.1 inches. The LCD offers the unique ability to run as a standard panel, a low-power trans-reflective display, or a sunlight-readable e-paper mode.
Samsung e-paper display
Earlier this week in Korea, Samsung demonstrated a working e-paper display, or more accurately, a color active matrix electrophoretic display (EPD) and the world's first to use carbon nanotubes. At 14.3 inches, it is among the largest e-paper displays in existence. Developed in conjunction with Unidym, which created the carbon nanotubes for the prototype, the display is energy-efficient and doesn't require backlighting while remaining highly visible under direct sunlight. As with other e-paper displays, images are retained on the screen without requiring energy to constantly refresh it.
Epson electronic paper
Seiko Epson is making strides in its continued development of electronic paper, having unveiled a 13.4-inch (A4-size) prototype at SID 2008 on Wednesday, its biggest to date. The new e-paper nearly doubles the size and resolution of the company's last effort, unveiled last November, at 3104x4128 resolution, with 385ppi density. The company believes its latest represents the final stage in its efforts to replace traditional papers with electronic equivalents.
New LG.Philips A4 e-paper
The joint company LG.Philips LCD says it has developed a new type of e-paper display, one which is claimed to be the best in its class. Although built in the standard A4 paper size, measuring 14.3 inches diagonally -- a format LG.Philips has already explored -- the new display is unusual in that it has a maximum resolution of 1280x800, slightly above the 720p HD ratio. It also has an abnormally high range of colors, extending to 16.7 million versus the frequently low-color or monochrome displays of e-book readers such as the Amazon Kindle.