E ink Holdings has just announced E ink Triton which is new technology that transforms black and white e-readers to colour. The difference of this technology with other types of colour screens is mostly in the much-reduced energy consumption. Devices with these screens can last up to one month on a single charge. The company currently provides screens for devices like the Amazon Kindle, Sony’s reader, the Nook and more (Basically 90% of e-readers). The first device with the colour screen has also been launched by Hanvon.
While it looks like the colour is not yet up to the standard of LCD and LED displays the screen has better readability in sunlight with no glare. Could this be another possibility to showcase images on more and more devices? If you have time check out their ‘ruggedness’ test as well, quite funny.
E Ink® Holdings Inc., the leader in electronic paper display technology, today announced the release of its next generation display technology, E Ink Triton. Triton enables color ePaper solutions, enhancing the visual experience for ePublishing markets.
“E Ink Triton marks a major milestone in the eBook revolution,” said Hanvon’s Chairmain Dr. Liu Yingjian. “E Ink has the right technology, manufacturing capability, and know-how to transition Hanvon’s product vision into reality. With E Ink Triton technology, Hanvon is enabled to release the world’s first color eBook reader today.”
“E Ink Triton is a response to market need for a color ePaper display that mimics the printed paper experience,” said Scott Liu, Chairman of E Ink Holdings. “Triton will compliment our monochrome product line to enable new markets.”
“Color ePaper will enable richer content in eBooks, as well as enabling a broader array of other reading devices, for content such as magazines, newspapers, and educational materials,” according to Paul Semenza, Senior Vice President, DisplaySearch. “We foresee market demand for ePaper displays in these applications reaching $5 billion by 2016.”
Enhanced with Color
For image-rich information applications showing charts, graphs, maps, photos, comics and advertising, color displays made with Triton Imaging Film enable ultra-low power and high mobility devices with a paper-like experience. In addition to 16 levels of grayscale, Triton is capable of displaying thousands of colors. And just like E Ink’s grayscale ePaper products, Triton’s crisp text and detailed color graphics are fully viewable in direct sunlight.
Displays made with Triton, as well as the recently launched Pearl, can perform up to 20 percent faster than those made with previous generations of E Ink Imaging Film. Whether turning a page, selecting a menu, taking notes, or viewing simple animations, Triton’s update performance will satisfy today’s user-interface product needs. This expands the ePaper experience and displays more dynamic content for signage or advertising.
The E Ink Triton design leverages the patented two pigment capsule platform found in millions of E Ink enabled eBooks. This technology offers unparalleled image stability; pictures and text can be maintained on the screen even when the power is turned off. With this proven bi-stable technology, devices using E Ink Imaging Film have demonstrated both long life and high reliability, leading to the development of a whole new class of consumer products over the past few years.