E-ink Shows Off Smart Badges, 13.3″ Color Screens, and More (video)

e-ink badge smartScreen tech in the ereader market may have stalled after last year’s release of the Carta E-ink screen on the Kindle Voyage, but that doesn’t mean E-ink is standing still.

Charbax has posted a video of a recent booth tour where E-ink shows off its latest concepts. Watch carefully and you’ll see flexible smartwatch displays, a color 13.3″ E-ink screen, and an eBadge design that is powered by NFC.

There’s even a concept design for a dual-screen smartphone like the Yotaphone.

For the most part, what we see in the video are less products than they are potential products. I wouldn’t bet on seeing these devices hit the shelf any time soon, but this video does still give us a good idea on what E-ink could do if someone had the money.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. 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.


  1. Basem16 October, 2015

    I like Charbax; he has an eye for the potentials of different technologies and regularly promotes the idea of Chromebooks and the uses of e-ink (e-ink is an underused technology and can do so much more).

  2. George18 October, 2015

    The single-color panels are very interesting. They have nice, bold color while maintaining crisp black and white, unlike Triton. It’s a pity about the 10s refresh time though. If E-ink could get the refresh time down, the yellow panel would be a nice touch for highlighting a digital textbook.

    How is this tech different from Triton anyway? Does it use a different method to display color; or is it the same tech, but only having to show one color keeps the monochrome crisp?

    1. Nate Hoffelder18 October, 2015

      Triton uses a color filter on top of a black and white E-ink screen.

      The 3-color Spectra screens have black, white, and red/yellow colors in the screen itself. It’s based in part on the Sipix screen tech that E-ink bought in 2012.

      The Spectra screens are bright, but the downside of having three colors is that you can’t do gray, and the refresh rate is slow.

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