E Ink debuts color ePaper

Electronic paper display makers E Ink has unveiled E Ink Triton, a new color electronic paper display that can handle the 16 levels of grey found in current ereader displays, as well as “thousands” of colors, with both text and colors readable in direct sunlight. What’s more, E Ink claims its new Triton color epaper displays are up to 20 percent faster than previous E Ink displays, making page-turns and rendering even more usable. And the first product to sport the color E Ink display isn’t the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook, or another ereader in consumer channels angling for holiday gift-giving dollars: it’s an ereader from Hanvon, makers of the Wisereader.

“E Ink Triton is a response to market need for a color ePaper display that mimics the printed paper experience,” said E Ink chairman Scott Liu, in a statement. “Triton will compliment our monochrome product line to enable new markets.”

e ink debuts color epaper triton  nov 2010

The Triton color epaper is a reflective electrophoretic display that can handle images with 4 bits of depth for a total of 4,096 colors, plus the same 16 levels of grey existing E Ink monochrome displays can handle—and, like those displays, Triton holds its image even when the power is off. Triton is still slow compared to conventional displays: E Ink says Triton can take from just under a quarter second to almost a full second to update (depending on the image). And while the display is readable in direct sunlight and has a viewing angle of virtually 180 degrees, it offers a scant 10:1 contrast ratio.

E Ink’s Triton displays aren’t going to be earning it any friends in the high-end photography or gaming communities, but for electronic publishers eager to get maps, graphics, charts, graphs, comics and (of course) advertising into the burgeoning ebook market, the Triton displays will be a godsend. E Ink says it can make displays with resolutions in excess of 200 dpi at sizes ranging from 2 to 12 inches—E Ink isn’t just looking at ereaders, but at wireless devices, game controllers, industrial displays, point-of-sale systems, signage, and things like thermostats.

E Ink doesn’t manufacture ereaders—it just supplies displays to ereader makers—and pricing and availability information isn’t available yet for the Hanvon ereader with the Triton display. However, expect color ereaders to start hitting the market in the next few months. Of course, not all ereader manufacturers have been waiting for E Ink to bring color to the table: Apple’s iPad tablet uses an LCD display, and Barnes &s Noble just announced a, LCD-based color version of its Nook ereader. E Ink’s Triton can’t offer the same levels of contrast or color fidelity as LCDs, but it also doesn’t consume anywhere near as much power—and for portable devices, battery life is everything.

Product Review

Want to see how powerful the Snapdragon 855 chip is? Just rev up the Xiaomi Mi 9

How fast do you want to go? If the answer to this is “as fast as possible,” then take a long look at the Xiaomi Mi 9. It’s one of the highest performance smartphones you can buy. It’s a real monster, and we’ve been using it.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix right now (February 2019)

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.

The best budget-friendly GoPro alternatives that won’t leave you broke

Cold weather is here, and a good action camera is the perfect way to record all your adventures. You don't need to shell out the big bucks for a GoPro: Check out these great GoPro alternatives, including some 4K cameras, that won’t leave…

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Emerging Tech

Bees can do arithmetic, setting the scientific community abuzz

A new study has found something remarkable: Bees can do basic arithmetic. Researchers showed that bees could use colors as representations for numbers and then use those colors for addition and subtraction.
Emerging Tech

DeepSqueak is a machine learning A.I. that reveals what rats are chatting about

Want to know what rats are squeaking about? You'd better check out DeepSqueak, the new deep learning artificial intelligence developed by researchers at the University of Washington.
Health & Fitness

Immune cell discovery takes us one step closer to a universal flu vaccine

A group of international researchers have made a discovery which could take us one step closer to the universal, one-shot flu vaccine that people around the world have been dreaming of.

NASA celebrates Earth’s incredible natural beauty with free photo book

NASA has published a fabulous new book featuring stunning imagery captured by its satellites over the years. A hardback version is available for $53, though it can also be downloaded to ebook readers for free, and enjoyed online.

This new all-in-one flashlight is a power bank, lighter, and screwdriver

The Pyyros modular flashlight can perform numerous field tasks, from hammering to starting fires. If you back it on Kickstarter now, you can score some savings on this innovative flashlight and multi-tool, but act fast: This early-bird…
Movies & TV

Hilarious new Kickstarter aims to fix Scorcese’s last scene in The Departed

A fan of The Departed and apparent hater of rat-as-symbolism imagery has launched a Kickstarter campaign to digitally erase the rodent from the end of Martin Scorsese’s 2006 movie.
Emerging Tech

Baristas beware, Bbox cafe uses robots to brew your morning coffee

Want your morning coffee and pastry prepared by robot? Bbox, a new coffee shop in downtown Berkeley, California, lets customers place their order by app and then uses automation to take care of the rest.
Emerging Tech

This ridiculous new flamethrower makes Elon Musk’s look like a cigarette lighter

The XL18 Flamethrower is a flame-shooting beast on steroids, capable of firing off bursts of flame more than 110 feet in length. The best part? You can order it over the internet today.
Emerging Tech

SpaceX just nailed its most challenging Falcon 9 rocket landing to date

If you've been following the SpaceX launch calendar, you know this week marks the first launch from Cape Canaveral in two months. We have the details on where you can watch the launch live.
Emerging Tech

Touchdown! Japan successfully lands its Hayabusa2 spacecraft on asteroid Ryugu

Japan's space agency has just completed the latest stage of its extraordinarily complex mission, successfully landing its Hayabusa2 spacecraft on an asteroid millions of miles from Earth.