E-Ink Displays get makeover – Flexible, Fast, Tough
No one disputes that E-Ink devices such as Kindle, iPad and others offer convenience and access to thousands of printed titles. The main criticisms, really, center on how fast they change the page, and how easy they are to read. Those features and more are likely to greatly improve with the next generation of E-Ink displays planned for next year.
E-Ink’s Vice President of Marketing, Sriram Peruvemba recently demonstrated some new E-Ink products that are likely to strengthen the e-book market. Current monochrome E-Ink display screens offer a contrast ration of 6:1. E-Ink’s newer versions will offer 10:1 or 12:1. This results in a dramatic visual difference and will make long-term reading a far more enjoyable experience than it is now.
The flexibility and durability of E-Ink products will also improve. Since a recent report indicates that 20% of all textbooks will be digital by 2014, durability will be an ever-increasing selling point for any type of e-display. E-Ink demonstrated a display that withstood punching. It also refreshed its display fast enough to support basic animation. These two improved features in themselves will please teenagers the world over.