E Ink has officially announced their color e-paper display, E Ink Triton, as used in the Hanvon color ereader shown yesterday. Hardware details for the Triton display are sparse, but it's known to support 16 levels of greyscale along with "thousands" of colors via a filter layer on top.
Hanvon look likely to be the first company to launch a color ereader based on an e-paper display rather than an LCD. According to the New York Times, the Chinese company will unveil its so-far unnamed ereader device at the FPD International 2010 tradeshow in Tokyo, complete with a 9.68-inch color e-paper screen from industry heavyweight E Ink.
E Ink had previously promised that their color e-paper screens should be available by the end of 2010, though the Hanvon model will miss that launch window. Instead it's expected to arrive in China in March 2011 - we're guessing it'll be brought to CES 2011 in January with great fanfare as well - with a reasonably hefty price-tag of $440, though that will also include WiFi and 3G connectivity for downloading content while mobile.
Further details about the flexible epaper display Sony demonstrated at their recent dealer convention have emerged, and there's good news and bad. According to The Digital Reader's sources at the company, the monochrome panel wasn't an in-house creation but in fact loaned to them by E Ink (who supply Sony with the displays for their current Reader range). Unfortunately, Sony claims to have no solid plans at present to actually use the E Ink screen in a commercial device.
There are plenty of design concepts out there, but it's not all that often that they get pulled out of the concept stage and put firmly into the retail market. When it comes to the Seiko-branded E Ink "active matrix" watch, it looks like good things do happen to those who wait. It's been confirmed that the watch is heading to retail shelves later this year.
As expected, Sony has updated its Reader ereader range, taking advantage of E Ink's latest Pearl display technology and putting touchscreens on each model. The new Sony PRS-350 Pocket Edition, PRS-650 Touch Edition and PRS-950 Daily Edition each have 2GB of onboard storage, and range from 5-inches, 6-inches and 7-inches respectively; however Sony has only given the Daily Edition wireless.
E Ink, based out of Taiwan, has just revealed that they have built two new e-paper devices, which are currently being subjected to their individual tests, courtesy of their potential buyers. The two devices should be released into the market some time later this year, or at the latest early next year. All of this was unveiled from the company's chairman, Scott Liu. The main draw of the pair of gadgets, is the capacitive or electromagnetic touchscreens.
Just over a month ago, we told you that Clearwire had their sights set on installing WiMAX modems into a bunch of Intel Core-based notebooks, which would then subsequently be sold through Best Buy some time by the holiday shopping season. Even as the report hit the 'net, there were still plenty of questions. Primarily, was this a one time thing, or would a new deal come from the situation? It looks like we have our answer, as Best Buy and Clear have just made it possible for the two to work closely together to bring 4G service to people.
E Ink has announced its next generation of ereader display, Pearl, and while the press release doesn't spell it out in so many words, the claim that the contrast is around 50-percent greater than the previous generation leads us to suspect this is the screen technology in the new Amazon Kindle DX. According to E Ink - formerly known as PVI -Pearl is now the whitest reflective display in the industry and even more like regular printed paper.
PVI's color E Ink project sounds like it's speeding up, with company chairman Scott Liu saying products using the displays are now expected to be on sale by the end of 2010, rather than sometime in Q1 2011 as previously expected. The color E Ink panels are currently sampling to manufacturers - Amazon and B&N were both tipped as having seen them - but no definitive partnerships have been made public. However, it looks unlikely that an imminent Kindle refresh will include the color display; Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently announced that such a device was "a long way out".
E Ink have carved quite a niche for themselves providing displays for the majority of big name ereaders - they supply Amazon and Barnes & Noble, among others - and have been showing off some of the tech they reckon will hold off rival panels like LCD, Pixel Qi and mirasol. The Red Ferret Journal grabbed some eyes-on time with the new prototypes, including a monochrome panel with twice the contrast of current-gen e-ink screens.