This nice video from our friend Charbax shows a couple of interesting Hisense smartphones. The first is a A5, with its 5.8" HD+ display and low $100 price tag, and the second is the A6 which sports two displays - a 6.1" 2160×1080 AMOLED display on the front and a 5.6" touch E Ink Carta HD screen on the back.
E Ink Holdings announced that it developed e-paper displays driven by OTFT backplanes - aimed for wearable and smart clothing applications. EIH is developing the OFTF backplanes in collaboration with AU Optronics.
EIH says that OTFT can reduce production costs as it can be produced at low temperatures and perhaps even using printing technologies. OTFT can also enable highly flexible displays. EIH will demonstrate OTFT EPD displays late this week at Touch Taiwan 2019.
In July 2019, Dasung started shipping its third-generation E Ink secondary monitor, the Paperlike HD-FT. This e-paper monitor is based on a 13.3" 2200x1650 touch display with a front light. Dasung was kind enough to send us a unit for this review.
The Paperlike HD-FT is a surprisingly slick and lightweight monitor. It's like a large tablet or a large e-reader, but one that connects to your computer via a single cable that requires two connectors - USB for power and HDMI for data. The monitor than acts like a regular 2nd monitor.
In 2017 HP announced its IonTouch system which enables cheap and easy "paperless" printing on small E Ink Cards. Fast forward to 2019, and now E Ink announced a new technology called JustPrintIt, which is based (and licensed) on HP's IoNTouch.
The JustPrintIt system is a "rewritable, digital, electronics-free display medium" that E Ink hopes to get adopted in smart office, transportation, retail, healthcare and IoT applications. Possible usage cases include ID badges, gift cards, loyalty cards, packaging, healthcare and public transportation cards.
E Ink announced that Landmark Hospitals of Florida has launched e-paper based patient and room information displays.
The patient information display (PID) and the room information display (RID) was developed by DCI, a Foxconn Health Technology Business Group Company. The E Ink displays will replace handwritten whiteboards with low-power and highly-readable displays that pull essential information from the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to clinical staff and patients areas, ensuring accurate communication and information exchange.
Visionect announced that it updated its Joan E Ink meeting room signage displays with new software and a revamped product lineup.
Visionect currently offers two hardware platforms, based on 6" (Joan 6) and 13.3" (Joan 13) E Ink panels. Visionect also reveals that Joan was adopted by Cisco, Amazon and Virgin. You can find out more about the Joan platform here.
As always, E Ink Holdings had an impressive booth at SID Dispalyweek, the premier display industry event, here's a nice video the company released showing the many displays that were demonstrated at the trade show:
E Ink Holdings announced a strategic investment in Plastic Logic HK, a newly formed fabless flexible e-paper display developer and producer based on Plastic Logic's own OTFT driver technology.
Plastic Logic, originally spun out of Cambridge University, has years of experience with e-paper and OTFT technologies, and is currently owned by Russia's RusNano fund. Plastic Logic HK will work closely with E Ink and utilize EIH's supply chain and module facility to improve the cost structure of Plastic Logic's organic ePaper display modules.
E-paper passenger information systems developer Papercast announced enhancements to its range of solar powered e-paper displays. The main new feature is a higher refresh rate - which now can be up to 7.5 fps - which Papercast says significantly exceeds the limitations of other e-paper technology in this sector.
Papercast displays use the compayn's own proprietary e-paper driver board and heavyweight processing power, which enables the new fast refresh rate. Other recent enhancements include an ultra-low power battery operation mode when solar power is unavailable, text-to-speech support and more.