Visionect Debuts a $2,600 Signage Development Kit w\13.3″ E-ink Screen

E-ink has long made screens for its partners to put in DIY kits and development kits, and now they have a partner who has decided to go large or go home.

Visionect and E-ink were in Las Vegas last week for the Digital Signage Expo 2015, where Visionect announced a couple new development kits, including one with a 13.3" screen:

Visionect Debuts a $2,600 Signage Development Kit w\13.3" E-ink Screen E-ink Tech

For those who aren't familiar with the name, Visionect first came across my desk early last year when I first came across Visionect's thin client product.

This company had developed a wireless monitor slash thin client solution based on a 6" E-ink screen. When paired with a remote computer of some kind, Visionect's device could be used to fill a variety of uses ranging from a digital menu to a wireless control unit for a boat's navigation/control system (the Nautipad Display from Weimar).

Visionect's earlier product was based on a 6" screen, but there was no reason that the tech couldn't be adapted to E-ink's larger screens (or smaller screens for that matter, which is why Visionect was at a digital signage trade show). Last week Visionect debuted their first two plus-sized development kits, one with a 9.7" E-ink screen and the other with a 13.3" screen.

Both units have wifi and cellular connectivity, but there's no mention of a touchscreen, thus limiting the interactivity possibilities.

Visionect Debuts a $2,600 Signage Development Kit w\13.3" E-ink Screen E-ink Tech

The 9.7" unit has a screen resolution of 825 x 1,200, while the 13.3" unit as a screen resolution of 1,200 x 1,600. The screens come mounted on a plexiglass frame along with a rechargeable LiPo battery and one of Visionect’s Panda DS board (which drives the signage).

The development kit is of course intended more to be a prototype than a finished product, so it is far less polished than Visionect's V Tablet system, which is based on a waterproof 6" screen unit. That smaller design is also available as a DIY kit, albeit at a much lower price.

Visionect is expecting that signage companies will develop new products based on Visionect's platform. Some possibilities include:

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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