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E Ink Debuts JustWrite Technology Used for Writing on Digital Paper

By Radu Iorga

E Ink keeps unveiling fresh technology and this time it came up with the JustWrite tech, used for writing on digital paper. They usually handle stuff like black and white screens on eReaders like the Kindle.

The new technology promises a “natural writing experience” with close to zero latency. The concept was shown during the the Connected Ink 2018 event in Tokyo, taking place this week. The JustWrite film involves a durable and bendable, plus light plastic screen, which can be reshaped as you please.

This means you could even employ a JustWrite display with holes in it. The device will be available in any size up to 3 feet in width, meaning it could be used for blackboard purposes in schools. It enables a pen and paper style experience, without requiring a TFT backplane.

There’s also an optional digitizer, but you can also use with just a stylus. The core implementation fits in the size of an A4 sheet, sans the bulky TFT backplane. It needs very little electricity and has very low latency. JustWrite also works with pens, brushes, markers and stamps.

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InkBook Infinity is a New 10.3 inch E Ink Writing Tablet, Now on Kickstarter

By Radu Iorga

InkBook Infinity is yet another E Ink based tablet, one that comes with a 10.3 inch screen and it’s supposed to launch soon. Right now it’s the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, where it’s available for preorder. Early bird backers are getting a 30% discount off the list price, even though the exact sum isn’t even known yet.

You can sign up on the InkBook Infinity website, to be notified when the whole campaign goes live. The device packs an E Ink display with a 227 ppi density, a capacitive touchscreen for navigation and also a stylus, which you can use for writing and drawing purposes. The device weighs just 12 ounces and comes with an NXP i.MX6 Solo Lite processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage.

It also has a microSD card reader with support for up to 32 GB of removable storage, as well as an USB Type-C port, WiFi 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0. InkBook Infinity relies on a 3000 mAh battery, which is pretty big as far as e-readers are concerned. The design of the back side actually feels kind of badass, rugged almost, I’d say. This thing runs on the pretty old OS Android 4.4.2 and while is no Kindle or Sony machine, it may tempt some buyers.

E Ink has been evolving for years now, moving from the business of reading to the business of writing and drawing. And we’re still waiting on the color E Ink to go mainstream.

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Memomate is an Original Combo of E-Ink Tablet, External Battery, Wireless Charger

By James A.

We love to cover original devices, mainly tablets and today we’ve got one. It’s called Memomate and it’s a 6.5 inch E-Ink display machine used for note taking and it sports a 10.000 mAh battery pack used to recharge other devices while you’re busy travelling. It’s also got an optional wireless charging mechanism.

For sure it’s a rather bulky machine, but at least it serves more than one purpose. A portable wireless charging pad that also has a battery in the mix is not something you see every day, for sure. There are also two USB ports here with offer power and microUSB and Lightning ports used to charge the device itself. The wireless charging abilities are triggered via an optional case that gets its power from an integrated USB cable plugged into the back.

The E-Ink screen is pressure sensitive and offers a pretty accurate writing experience, in spite of working with a pretty basic piece of software. Sadly you can’t save notes or drawings, sketches on the device, you just have a delete button, like the toys kids use to pretend they’re drawing. The maker of this product recommends you use your phone to snap a pic of the drawings.

Of course the price is pretty low for this contraption, $45 and it’s on Indiegogo right now. You have to pay $54 if you also want the wireless charging case. Both models ship in October. I should probably do a disclaimer that this device uses generic e-ink tech, not the trademark E Ink brand technology. The Indiegogo financing goal has been reached, so this device will actually be made.

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Onyx Boox Note and Onyx Boox Max 2 Debut in Europe, With E-Ink Screens in Tow

By Radu Iorga

Onyx is not the most famous E-Ink reader brand in the world, but they do make some quality products. Their latest such devices are Onyx Boox Note and Onyx Boox Max 2, both just unveiled in Europe, with prices and specs.

These are Kindle style and Nook style models, meant for reading eBooks, but on a much higher level (and price). The appeal is that these devices have higher resolution displays compared to the Kindle models and also most eReaders. They support pen input and let you take notes or scribble drawings. Both new readers have been unveiled at CES 2018 and now they’re on sale in Europe. The 10.3 inch Boox Note is priced at $569. The 13.3 inch Boox Max 2 is priced at $827.

The new Onyx Boox Note packs an E-Ink Mobius Plus 10.3 inch HD display, with a 1872 x 1404 pixel resolution and 16 levels of gray. It has great outdoor legibility, nifty direct sunlight viewing and low energy consumption. There’s no ghosting, but there’s dual touchscreen pen input. Inside there’s a quad core 1.6 GHz CPU, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, plus a 4100 mAh battery.

 

Stereo speakers and a Wacom digitizer and stylus are all here.

Boox Max 2 relies on a 13.3 inch 2200 x 1650 pixel display, also of the Mobius Variety. It has Bluetooth 4.0, an audio jack, microUSB port and interestingly Onyx also put a HDMI port here, for input. You can even rely on the device as a second display.

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Sony DPT-CP1 is a Digital Paper Device With E-Ink Display; Pops Up on FCC

By Radu Iorga

Sony has banked big time on its Digital Paper line of products, which have made history, by changing the paradigm of the E-Ink screens. Amazon gave up on the Kindle DX line, so the eReaders with E-Ink screens now come with smaller diagonals. Sony is all about the Digital Paper and bigger diagonals, though, filling the gap. And now a new model is coming.

It’s known as Sony DPT-CP1 and it recently leaked via a listing. Such devices let you draw, write notes or view various documentation and blueprints. That’s where the large screen is actually useful and 7 incher are useless. The unannounced Digital Paper device appeared at the FCC website this week.

The documents were submitted by Netronix, which is an OEM that makes eReaders for a few companies. Sony used to rely on in house production for E-Ink and Digital Paper devices, but it seems that outsourcing is the way to go now. Sadly, all we have is speculation, since the FCC listing doesn’t even mention a screen size, resolution or CPU. All we know is that we have WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, NFC, a 2.08 Ah 3.7 Vdc Li-Ion battery and a USB cable for power.

The third generation Digital Paper device most likely has a large screen and pen input. Expect a price in the $700 or $800 range. Corporations in Japan seem to have appreciated the first generations.

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