According E-Book Russia
(as translated by Babelfish), Hitachi has announced availability of a new black
e-paper display. It is available to wholesalers in lots of 10 or more, and is apparently not cheap. Specifically, the translation says "from 4000000 Jaehns (near i 35000 for the complete set)" but it's not clear to me what that is in US$.
Is there really a difference between the previous white displays and this one? It's hard to tell from the translation. Maybe someone who speaks Russian can help us out here. But it does seem to be a new monochrome A4 sized display, and oddly enough it is apparently done in cooperation with Bridgestone corporation! The name in the translation is also odd -- "Albirey," but that does match previous news
, where there is some additional text to be compared for discerning readers looking for more information. It has a wireless module, the monitor is standalone, and there is internal memory for storing information.
For now, it's just good to know that the Phillips spinoffs have some competition, and every new e-paper technology is a good thing. If only they were available in products!