A Second Look at ClearInk’s Color Reflective Displays (video)

Readers have been asking for more reader stories and fewer author stories. Here's a video that Charbax shot late last month, but only crossed my desk this morning

ClearInk is a screen tech startup that won best in show at SID Display Week this year for a reflective color display that some are incorrectly describing as epaper. Their tech uses a color filter over an electrophoretic display. (This display uses tech that is similar to E-ink's screens, but still different.)

The above video was shot at IDTechEx USA 2017.

The video below is from SID Display Week. It is the second of two videos Charbax shot in the ClearInk booth in May.

This is pretty nifty tech - for a demo in a booth.

If you listen carefully, you will hear that the screens are playing 30 frames per second, but only showing 8 colors. That is rather basic compared to the average tablet, which can play video for hours and hours and show millions of colors.

ClearInk thinks there is a market for these screens in educational devices, but that market is already being served by cheap tablet, Chromebooks, and expensive iPads.

It's not clear how ClearInk's tech will improve on existing offerings, which is why it has about as much chance as previous reflective screen tech like Mirasol, Pixtronix, and Liquavista.

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Nate Hoffelder

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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.

3 Comments

  1. Javi9 December, 2017

    The color that this technology offers is pathetic. Nothing to do with what they show in their advertising… https://i.ytimg.com/vi/9aEYT79-vuo/hqdefault.jpg or https://liliputing-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/clearink.jpg
    I like Liquavista https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LrFkbxiyq-c/UP66VF0l0GI/AAAAAAAAA5Q/wJr4wu1UOvE/s1600/0f7f302d50fd90f7.jpg this quality of color is more than enough
    This https://the-digital-reader.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/jdi-low-power-LCD-screen-2.png I also like.

    I don’t understand what big screen ereader (Remarkable, Sony DPT..) in B&W having these screens. I suppose it will be a cost problem.

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  2. Lesnikus11 December, 2017

    Another dead technology? No color e-ink has reached the end users.

    The video shown is really impressive. I wish them good luck. I hope that Dasung will take their technology and make big fast screens for PC. For me, speed (30 frames per second) is more important than color. If the technology reaches real products, it will be great. But I very much doubt …

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  3. Mirko Adam21 January, 2018

    Liquavista does not look like paper. Video looks great even in the sun but for reading it is far beyond e-ink. CLEARink seems to meet paper quality and acceptable video experince much better. What we have seen so far were just prototypes with just 8 colors, 106 ppi and no frontlight. Later the screen will have at least 216 ppi, 4096 colors and frontlight, so that it will look much, much better. All hopes on CLEARink.

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