Ubiquity or obsolescence: how is E Ink's success story going to end?
Looking back at last year, it looks like 2012 was a tipping point for the e-reader market. Kindles and the likes were overshadowed by new models of tablet computers, resulting in a shift in consumer spending towards the tablets. But e-readers are still hugely popular, not least because of their long battery life and their low price. Since the holiday season, the must-have new feature has been the frontlight that enables reading in the dark, such as in the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. But take a closer look at this new generation of e-readers and you will find something striking: all of them use the same E Ink Pearl display, a technology that was released more than two years ago.
On a roll: why E Ink is still the leader in e-paper
E-paper technologies are attempts to mimic paper, which can be described as a reflective surface, non-emissive and viewable from any angle.
IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2011 award winners
The annual printed electronics award winners were announced at the IDTechEx Awards Dinner in Santa Clara, California. The awards recognize outstanding progress in the development and commercialization of printed electronics, an industry that produces a huge amount of technical innovation which will be used in many products.
Opalux receives Technical Development Material Award
Opalux receives "Technical Development Material Award" at the 2011 Printed Electronics Conference for its Photonic Crystal Display Technology.
E-readers - Market prospects and technology developments
Electronic paper technology has found its main application in the development of e-book readers, a market that has bloomed in recent years with successful devices such as the Amazon Kindle and the Barns & Noble Nook.
There's more to life than OLEDs and electrophoretic displays...
At IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA in Santa Clara on the 30th of November and the 1st of December 2011, there will be a focus on technologies such as OLEDs and electrophoretic displays, with leading innovators such as Sumitomo, Panasonic and E Ink discussing their progress. But there's other display technologies emerging, at earlier stages of commercialization that promise performance enhancement, cost reduction and new possibilities. Two of these technologies, QD Vision's QLEDs and Opalux 's photonic crystal displays are described below.
Race for color video e-readers
The e-reader is a killer application involving printed electronics. Despite costing more than an i-Pod, the Amazon Kindle achieved 500,000 unit sales in its first year of trading last year and now we are talking of millions. The i-Pod, an iconic success, only achieved 300,000 unit sales in its first year of trading.
Battery charge indicators revolutionized by Toronto company
Opalux has invented a low-cost battery charge indicator that provides a constant reading of the charge and health of a battery.