Everyone dreams of an electronic display they can roll up and shove in their pocket—but now it's closer than ever. These flexible e-paper tablets are the stuff of dreams.
E-ink technology is easier on the eyes for reading, even if the devices it's currently deployed in feel nothing like a book or magazine. But AU Optronics gives us another tantalizing look at the future with a proof of concept ereader that's completely self-powered, while still as flexible as a piece of paper.
Researchers from Taiwan have developed an eco-friendly type of electronic paper. The rewritable i2R e-paper uses heat to store images, isn't backlit and does not consume electricity.
I think e-ink is one of those fantastic retro-future technologies that is so cool because it's so simple. But, inevitably, I'm going to want some color. Thankfully, Ricoh has just developed a new color e-paper screen that's better than ever.
Rotten milk must be the most disappointing thing in the world; unless you have another carton lurking in the back of your fridge. Small sensors could change your morning disappointment in the future, with information about the milk's quality.
Well, as disposable as RECYCLING that paper is, anyway. (You do recycle, right?) University researchers have found a way to turn paper into e-paper—that is, the same electronic screen in a Kindle.
A few months back Sony demonstrated their ultra-thin flexible OLED panel, which was thinner than a human hair, and could be wrapped around a pencil. While not as visually impressive, their flexible e-paper at least has a chance of launching.
Samsung may've ditched the e-paper production business, but South Korean neighbor LG has throw its weight behind producing that 19-inch flexible e-paper we heard about a few months back. A 9.7-inch color e-paper screen is also in the works.
E-Ink has served Kindle users well for the past few years, but there's no way it's the e-paper endgame. Especially when this new tech from Nemoptic is video, touchscreen, and backlight-friendly.
Good news all around for those of you considering a nook. An all-white, Wi-Fi only version, which leaked a bit early, goes on sale today for $150. That sounded pretty exciting...before the 3G version simultaneously dropped by $60.
Asus' Eee Tablet sounds incredible at first—from the company that invented the netbook, a tablet with a specially designed LCD that rivals the convenience of E-Ink tech without the lag. But are you still impressed after this clip?
From now until the end of June, all Nooks will come with a free $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. That's not quite 3 books, last time I checked B&N's prices (last week when I wanted to buy a book but it was $18 in their digital store and cheaper elsewhere).
Assuming the next generation Kindle and Nook stick with E Ink as their display provider, this video highlights what'll be new: Animation and nearly double the contrast ratio.
Developers at KLab have built an NES emulator for the Kindle. It's more awful than you could possibly imagine.
Kobo, who you know from their relationship with Borders, has revealed their own eBook reader. And for $150, it may be the first semi-premium option for those too thrifty to buy a Kindle or Nook.
TokyoFlash didn't invent the epaper/eink watch, but they are the first to present something truly different with the tech.
Don't expect to read a book on 'em, but Western Digital's latest My Passport Studio hard drives feature a customizable e-paper display that stays on even when the drive is unplugged.