E-ink is Working on a Turnkey Solution for Secondary Smartphone Screens

1_rOne of the niftier features of E-ink is that it is so low-powered that you can wirelessly beam power to a screen whenever it needs to be updated.

Back in 2013 I showed a research project and a commercial prototype which used NFC or RF frequencies to power an E-ink screen. Now E-ink is developing a commercial solution built around a 2.9" screen, one which solves a perennial problem for powered smartphone cases.

On Friday E-ink announced "a 2.9" turnkey ePaper solution for smartphone protective case applications.

In other words, E-ink has developed the guts of a smartphone case design which is intended to compete with, and improve upon, products like the PopSlate and the InkCase. Those two cases were battery-powered and had to be several millimeters thick to fit the battery, but E-ink has found a way to improve upon the concept. The new design drops the battery in favor of an NFC chip which draws its power wireless from an NFC signal.

That means a thinner case (a real improvement), but E-ink hasn't said anything about the software. Both the PopSlate and the InkCase came up short in that department, and if E-ink (or their licensee partner) then the new smartphone case will be thinner but not terribly more useful.

via E-ink-Info

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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