Printed electronics may soon bear the legend “Made in UK” if PETEC (the Printable Electronics Technology Center) has its way. Formed from a group of printable and plastic electronics experts, together with manufacturing facilities, PETEC is offering companies a route to quickly bring products to market without first needing to invest in expensive infrastructure. One company already involved, PolyPhotonix, is looking to commercially produce OLED lighting.
Brother Industries in Japan has today released a 9.7-inch E-paper document viewer with 1200x825 pixel resolution display and viewing area much larger than the size of Amazon’s Kindle 2. But unlike the Kindle sequel, the Brother’s SV-100B E-paper is tailored to business class users with equivalent paper size of A5.
We could soon be seeing broad commercial availability of both flexible e-paper and color e-paper displays, if rumors regarding manufacturer Prime View International (PVI) pan out. Industry sources are suggesting that PVI are preparing to mass produce flexible electrophoretic displays (EPDs), which use a TFT backplane with an electrophoretic frontplane based on E Ink technology, and will follow that up with color displays using the same processes.
We're used to seeing e-paper in sub-10-inch squares, slapped onto the front of an Amazon Kindle or Sony Reader, but over in Japan they're experimenting with using the technology to give Tokyo residents large-scale disaster warnings and evacuation advice. Two installations were fitted, the first measuring 1 x 3.2m in a Post Office window, while the smaller second panel, at 60 x 40cm, was added to a bus-stop.
Take one E Ink AM300 prototyping kit, combine it with a build of Mozilla's new Fennec mobile browser, and this is what you get: a touchscreen demo of web surfing on an e-ink device. It's the work of Jaya Kumar, who loaded Fennec into the AM300's Linux-based Gumstix controller and, with only a little modification, has a usable browser.
Check out demo videos of the e-ink Fennec setup after the cut
It seems like e-paper technology is popping up all over the place these days. In fact, Samsung just showed off their own version of the tech and it certainly is different, that's for sure.