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Old 08-16-2007, 11:34 AM   #1
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Video of full color E Ink display in action

Today I stumbled over this short YouTube clip demonstrating flexible and full color e-paper displays from E Ink. Before you get too excited: According to the person being interviewed, the technology is still at least three to five years away from us.

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Old 08-16-2007, 12:18 PM   #2
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Wow, the rolling B&W variation has a pretty impressive refresh rate too (not to mention that it rolls up). I wonder how far out that might be.
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:13 PM   #3
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About seventy years down the road as always. Waiting for them is sooo frustrating!
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:28 PM   #4
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Old 08-16-2007, 02:29 PM   #5
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3-4 years with this technology. But there are other concepts being researched by other companies too. I think the first gen color-reader would come out in 2 years from now.
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Old 08-16-2007, 02:50 PM   #6
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impressive .. but the technology needs 4 years .. and iRex will need 4 years as well ;=) ...
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Old 08-16-2007, 03:42 PM   #7
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Here's what the e-Ink rep says in the video: "In the research lab today, we've been able to make full-color video-rate displays. These have the same flexibility and daylight readability as the black and white displays. But, they won't be in the marketplace until about 3-5 years from now." [emphasis added]

The video of the full-color display showed it doing full-color animation in realtime with no noticable refresh or flicker. I had no idea that video-refresh-rate e-ink technology existed at all! Sure, we might get 1s refresh full-color displays in a year, but to think we'll have video refresh rates in only 3-5 years, that's pretty amazing.
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Old 08-16-2007, 03:55 PM   #8
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WOW. This is amazing. I have seen the color e-ink in action before, but not the video version.

This will be a major step in e-paper development. Cant wait to get my fingerson on one of those rollable color babies
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I'd bet the rolling thing is using segment addressing, it is still to see if someone wants to develop a flexible matrix addressed display.

It is amusing that they show the iLiad in landscape mode.

The H2, shown after the iLiad, was time ago a custom prototype by an engineer of e-ink labs, Holly Gates (so the H, I thought, even if somewhere it is labeled H2O), I am surprised to know he has updated his design to support colour. The original H2 was "a Gumstix SBC with 400MHz Xscale processor running a modified 2.6.7 Linux kernel" and run the display using the LCD port of the Xscale chip.

The reference to Harry Potter is a good one. I still think that they could put a simple slow display with a solar cell to case the "deluxe edition" of Harry Potter, next Xmas.
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Old 08-17-2007, 04:18 AM   #10
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Today I stumbled over this short YouTube clip demonstrating flexible and full color e-paper displays from E Ink.
This is from this year's SIGGRAPH conference. Some more info in this PCWorld blog article:

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The first I managed to get close to was a color EPD display (pictured, above), which looked quite appealing despite its low (11:1) contrast ratio. (Oddly enough, in the exhibition's low light it gave the images the organic appearance of aged paper.) Another demonstrated animated images on a paperlike e Ink display (below). Michael McCreary, e Ink's vice president of research and advanced development, told me that they had managed to use e Ink to display full-motion video, but I couldn't get back in time for a demonstration.
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Old 08-18-2007, 06:26 AM   #11
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Another short E Ink clip shot at SIGGRAPH:

http://www.vimeo.com/274793
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Yet another nice video made from the E Ink booth.

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Old 08-22-2007, 11:41 AM   #13
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I still like the ergonomics of the little colored one by Eink. RIGHT HANDED KNOBS!!!
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It was just held upsidedown

I would prefer a flipbar on both sides.
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