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 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.

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