With a world full of electronic displays made with liquid crystals, light-emitting diodes, you probably don’t think E Ink products will exist everywhere one day, but BOOX, which is famous for its eReaders, has released many other E Ink products to date.
(1) E Ink Tag
Look around in a supermarket, you may find that price tags on retail shelves are made of ePaper instead of printed paper. E Ink tag is a perfect gadget for retail stores, offering extremely low power consumption, very wide viewing angles, and paper-like readability under all store lighting conditions.
E Ink tags also offer retailers the ability to wirelessly update content in a simple way, so they do not have to keep manually replacing printed price tags every time the product prices fluctuate. Besides that, retailers can offer in-store promotional pricing that matches their online channels. Like a general paper tag, E Ink tag can be also used to display promotions, competitor pricing, social reviews, product ingredients, source of origin, automated currency conversion, and inventory levels. With E Ink tags, it’s much easier to manage massive products.
(2) E Ink Billboard
Since the E Ink’s unique reflective display technology is sunlight readable and can display an image with no power, BOOX had ever made huge E-ink billboards – Signage, which can be represented in two aspect ratio. One is 42 inches in portrait, another is 31.2 inches in widescreen. One of the biggest selling points of Signage is the screen viewable from any angle, even in direct bright sunlight. Like an E Ink tag, it can not only show a static image with no power consumption but also change content easily.
With the appearance of Signage, you may find that it unexpectedly come into your view everywhere when you walk past a billboard in a shop window, raise your head to look at the menu board in a cafe, or check a timetable in a bus station. As for a bus stop panel, Signage is flexible when it displays real-time passenger information and weather condition, with very low power consumption. Perhaps one day we will abandon traditional paper timetable and LCD advertising board. All things mentioned above, billboards, menu boards, bus stop panels, certainly more in the future, are showing that E Ink technology is ready for widespread use in our daily life.
(3) E Ink GPS Units
In 2019, BOOX sponsored a batch of E Ink GPS units to a Polish paragliding competition, letting all participants enjoy glare-free navigation during the event. Those GPS units really work especially under a shining day. Participants can easily read their position on E Ink screens to know where they are and what time it is, which means it can help participants to control paragliding direction and take a suitable landing place. The battery is long-last enough to implement GPS all the way. The screen is solid enough to resist the wind and pressure in the air. What’s the most important is, it is readable in sunlight.
(4) E Ink Smartphone
In 2020, BOOX announced a new E Ink phone which has Android 9.0 OS and access to Google Play Store. It features a 5.8 inch E Ink Carta HD display with 300PPI. Underneath the hood is an octa-core processor. It has front lights with a color temperature system, a USB-C port, a fingerprint scanner, and dual microphones. Moreover, it gets two card slot which allows you to have two SIM cards or one SIM and one SD card.
Not only BOOX, but also many other manufacturers like Hisense start to made E Ink smartphones and it seems that E Ink smartphone suddenly be the big trend of 2020. The E Ink company unveiled a new color ePaper technology called Print-Color e-paper last year. It can produce color for each pixel that is displayed on screens. This includes red, green, blue, black or white. Colors can be combined to give you different colors or shades. This technology will probably be the game-changer in the E Ink smartphone industry. BOOX is ready to employ it to a new E Ink smartphone or eReader. However, BOOX still needs to make a comprehensive evaluation for Print-Color e-paper such as resolution, power consumption, and pricing. Holefully it can be applied to more E Ink products.
E Ink technology is still in its infancy, however, it is seeping its way into our lives, affecting how we live, work and entertain ourselves. It is sure that in the future, there will be more and more applications of E Ink in use.
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