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E Ink snowboard with giant nose display surfaces at SID 2011

E Ink snowboard with giant nose display surfaces at SID 2011

The E Ink display is a very cool bit of tech. The displays are easy to read in direct sunlight and they need little power to operate. Over the years since the E Ink screen debut, they have found their way into all sorts of devices from eReaders to watches with lots of stuff in between. At SID 2011, a new use for an E Ink screen surfaced and it is a first. The large screen you see there is on the nose of a snowboard. I hope it's rugged.

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Sony shows off flexible color e-paper screen at SID 2011

Sony shows off flexible color e-paper screen at SID 2011

The e-paper screen has some great features that make it ideally suited to the world of eReaders. The tech uses little power allowing the reader to run longer and it is very easy to read outside in direct sunlight. The tech also has some clear limitations too. It's not capable of showing video and most of the screens are black and white only. There are some color offerings in the works from firms like Triton, but the colors are muted compared to an LCD.

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Apple, E Ink, ITRI and Samsung Top Field in SID 2011 Display Awards

Apple, E Ink, ITRI and Samsung Top Field in SID 2011 Display Awards

The Society for Information Display (SID) sent out their top Gold awards to the groups they felt deserved recognition in the area of global advancement of electronic display technology. Lots of words there adding up to SID being the authority on telling people which manufacturers are putting out the best displays. This year's Display of the Year awards are what the press release below notes as easily subtitled the “Up Close and Personal” awards. Big winners include Apple, E Ink, and Samsung. For what did they receive such great honors?

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E-ink is hard at work on some awesome display capabilities

E-ink is hard at work on some awesome display capabilities

E-ink is one of the companies that helped to pioneer some of the tech that is used in all sorts of digital reader screens today. The company has been hard at work on new technology that will change the way eReaders are used. The typical E-ink and eReader screen today is black and white with levels of gray thrown in making them not particularly good for magazines that rely on glossy color images. E-ink was working on a cool color screen back in November of 2010 that we talked about.

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Amazon Tablet using E Ink Hydis FFS display for 2H 2011 release?

Amazon Tablet using E Ink Hydis FFS display for 2H 2011 release?

The Amazon tablet rumors refuse to die, and now there are whisperings of another OEM and even some component orders to throw into the mixture. After rumors last month that Samsung would be producing the Amazon tablet for a potential late-Summer release, now DigiTimes' sources have waded in with word that Quanta Computer will be handling production, using Fringe Field Switching LCD displays sourced from epaper manufacturer E Ink.

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Apple hybrid e-paper/LCD display plans tipped in new patent application

Apple hybrid e-paper/LCD display plans tipped in new patent application

Talk of an e-paper based iPad has rumbled around since the reveal of the first-gen model, but so far Apple has proved unwilling to move beyond its multi-purpose IPS LCD display and consider either monochrome or color e-ink panels. According to a freshly published patent application by the company, however, they've at least given thought to the merits of electronic paper; in a submission titled "Systems and Methods for Switching Between an Electronic Paper Display and a Video Display" Apple describes a layered display sandwich which would combine traditional LCD and e-paper screens.

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