It can get confusing, trying to remember which keys are used for which
shortcuts in which programs. That's why Australian startup Sonder Design
developed the Sonder keyboard. Utilizing e-ink technology, all of its
letter, number and function keys can change appearance and function,
depending on the application being used.
British company Pi Supply has created a low-power, low-cost e-ink display module for the Raspberry Pi do-it-yourself single-board computer. PaPiRus, as it's called, comes in three interchangeable screen sizes (1.44, 2.0, or 2.7 in), and like all e-paper devices it's readable in sunlight and it remains on (which is to say it can display a static image) for a very long time without power. Its creators note that it is particularly well suited to data-logging applications and outdoor displays.
If you've ever looked at something like the YotaPhone
and wished you could have a second e-ink screen on your iPhone 6
, you're in luck. PopSlate is a case that adds a full-sized e-ink screen to the back of the iPhone, and can be used to display everything from artwork to your Starbucks card.
We've already reported on E Ink's surprising versatility
, but during this year's CES the company revealed plans to move into the interior design space with its prototype Prism film. While it's early days yet, the tech could create dynamic walls that change color and display animated patterns.
Tired of digging through the collection of credit, debit and loyalty cards in your wallet? Well, if you are, then you're the sort of person who might like the Plastc Card. It's a new electronic card-format device, that can store the information for up to 20 other
cards on it at once. You just select the card that you want to access via the e-ink screen, then use Plastc as if it were that card.
Los Angeles-based startup Oaxis has turned to Kickstarter to develop InkCase+, a secondary screen for Android smartphones that uses electronic ink technology to improve battery life. Slated for an October release, the 3.5-in display fits inside a custom phone case and will be equipped with bluetooth, dedicated apps and a 500 mAh battery promising 19 hours of reading time on a single charge.
The Twelve24 ClockONE is the world's first E-Ink wall clock. E-Ink is normally used in eBook readers such as the Kindle, but Twelve24 has used it as the basis for the ClockONE ... and with good reason, as E-Ink offers some advantages over more traditional displays.
Long before Korean electronics giants LG and Samsung rolled out smartphones with curved displays in the form of the G Flex
and Galaxy Round
, the team from the Human Media Lab at Canada's Queen's University created the Paperphone
, a fully-functioning flexible smartphone prototype featuring a thin film E-Ink display. This was followed by the PaperTab
tablet and MorePhone
smartphone prototypes. Now the foldable PaperFold smartphone has joined the fold.
In our world of smartphones and tablets, is there still room for e-readers? Well, they may not be as sexy, powerful, or versatile as iPads
, or HTC Ones
. But then again, sometimes there's a lot to be said for a product that does one job very well. Join Gizmag, as we review Amazon's latest e-ink reader, the 2013 Kindle Paperwhite
Sony has unveiled a new office-orientated tablet which utilizes the E-Ink display to mimic a piece of A4 paper. The electronics giant believes that its Digital Paper will be an instant hit with professionals who are often overwhelmed by the sheer mass of physical paper thrown on their desks each day.