In short: For years, E Ink has been attempting to create higher colour electrophoretic (e-paper) shows that depend on ambient gentle somewhat than a backlight to provide a picture. Now it is getting nearer to that dream with a brand new show that may replace quick sufficient for stylus enter, so it will be fascinating to see if corporations like Amazon and Kobo will use it in future e-readers.
This week, E Ink quietly launched its next-generation colour ePaper show which is sort of a major improve over earlier choices. By far, crucial of the modifications is the improved refresh occasions for updating the contents of the show — one thing that has restricted the proliferation of e-paper shows in a wide range of gadgets the place they may present higher battery life and a viewing expertise that is much less taxing on the eyes.
The brand new E Ink show is known as Gallery 3, and it helps three colour modes. To realize the perfect colour gamut, the replace time is 1,500 ms. There’s additionally a normal colour mode that cuts the replace time all the way down to 750-1,000 ms, in addition to a quick colour mode that reduces that to as little as 500 ms. For reference, the first-generation Gallery show had a colour mode the place you needed to wait round ten seconds for the display content material to be up to date.
Curiously, the brand new e-paper show achieves this whereas doubling the decision from 150 pixels per inch (ppi) to 300 ppi. The total-color mode help over 50,000 colours, which is a lot better than the 4,096 achieved by E Ink’s Triton shows discovered on gadgets just like the Boox Nova3 Color and PocketBook Color. And better of all, it may be utilized in gadgets with novel type elements reminiscent of foldables and rollables.
E Ink says its Gallery 3 show additionally helps stylus enter with an replace time of round 30 ms for black and white in addition to some colours. So far, the corporate has offered over 130 million e-paper shows. It hopes this new show will enable corporations to make use of e-paper in additional gadgets the place LCD or OLED panels have sometimes been used resulting from their excessive refresh charges and superior colour copy.