From concept to reality, we feature the latest electronic paper products

Fujitsu FLEPia: Round One for Color E-readers

New Color E-Reader debuts on the heels of the Kindle 2 Is the Kindle 2 already obsolete? In Japan, grayscale is not on the menu. A new color e-reader has stepped to the table and said “Welcome to the Fujiya Kinshicho Termina Restaurant. May I please take your order?” This week, Toyko-based Fujitsu is showcasing its e-reader...

Kindle 2 Launched

Amazon held a press conference today announcing the next generation of their Kindle e-reader. The buzz has been building the last two months, with leaked images and speculations appearing on almost any blog, website or twitter feed that follows the tech gadget and publishing industry. Improved E Ink Display One of the biggest improvements...

Concept Design: txtr E-reader

Berlin-based txtr plans to liberate your documents library. But will anyone be reading? It sounds like a cool concept. Whoever thought of pairing an e-paper reader with a social network knew they could still catch some leftover Web 2.0 buzz. Package that buzz with a veiled potential to unleash thousands of publicly-owned documents in...

Samsung Makes Waves in E-paper Market

Since last October, Samsung has been making one announcement after another involving upcoming e-paper products. Most of what we’ve seen leaked to the internet and trade shows have been conceptual designs, with promises of products to come in the near future (2009-2010). Samsung Papyrus and E Ink Technology Gottabemobile was the...

Plastic Logic E-Reader Preview

By all accounts, 2008 was a particularly bad year for newspapers. Ad revenues are down, subscription rates are dwindling and classified ad sales are virtually non-existent. Online competition has decimated the black and white lady, although most news junkies attest that the web doesn’t offer the same reading experience as print....

Concept Design: Newsboy Color E-reader

The newsboy e-reader by Swedish design studio Propeller (see bottom of post for full credit info) is the best color e-reader concept design I have seen thus far. Three videos have been released that demonstrate what the e-reader of the future might look like. Its e-paper touch screen displays in full color and it is flexible. While...

Concept Design: The Tima Watch

The Tima Watch is a concept design by French designer Julien Bergignat. It utilizes an e-paper display for the digital and analog visual elements and the characters can be displayed on the curved surface of the watch. I love that the screen is high in contrast and displays less instead of more. Watches like this will soon become a reality...

Foxit eSlick Reader

Although it has not been released, the eSlick e-reader is getting a lot of attention. Why? Its lovely $229 price tag undercuts Sony’s e-Reader and Amazon’s Kindle by a whopping $100! Like most e-reading devices, the eSlick Reader utilizes E Ink Corporation’s Vizplex technology for its display. It displays in 8 levels of grayscale,...

No Size Escapes E-Paper Technology

E-paper technology has recently captured the public’s attention with the release of Amazon’s Kindle, an eBook reader that allows users to view text and graphics on a display that mimics the surface of paper; i.e., it only relies upon ambient light for visibility. Although the technology has recently come to the forefront,...

E-Paper on the Retail Shelf

While e-readers are the most visible application for e-paper technology, smart shelves in retail stores are another excellent fit. Smart shelves would integrate a display in the retail store, which would allow for instaneous price information updating. Studies have shown that retailers could increase revenues if shelf pricing could...

Concept Design: E-paper Music Score

Musician or not, it’s quite impressive to see a design that eliminates page flipping of a music score. Designer Serina Sung has come up with the EMS (E-paper Music Score), a flexible e-paper display that can syndicate music scores via Bluetooth. The design also implements a foot pedal to assist the musician with “page turning.” Since...

Concept Design: E-paper Origami DVD Player

The Origami DVD Player is a concept design by Inventibles. It uses a full color e-paper display which can fold down to fit in your palm. I was surprised that the inventors were able to come up with something this cool, yet limit its potential function to only DVD playing.  It is pretty clear that the trend in the market is towards...

Concept Design: E-paper Scale

Duck Image Studio has come up with a brilliant concept design, an e-paper scale. While the shape resembles a traditional scale, it is much more functional and aesthetically pleasing. In addition to the e-paper scale being as thin as a bath mat, it is waterproof and can also be rolled up for storage. This concept design exemplifies why...

Concept Design: E-paper Slap Bracelet

Ahhh….. 80’s Nostalgia. Similar to those slap bracelets from the past, this high-tech version from Chocolate Agency features a bendable E-paper display with multimedia controls. The length of the strap can be adjusted by adding magnetic snaps to each end. As an added bonus, the bracelet requires no charging – it is powered by...

Sony PRS-700 E-reader Review

Last October Sony released the next generation of its e-reader to the world: the brand spanking new Sony PRS-700. This e-reader comes jam packed with some great technology that makes it leaps and bounds above the PRS-505, the Kindle and almost every other mid priced e-reader on the market. Even though there are improvements galore,...

The Kindle is Burning Brightly

It looks like the Kindle really might be the iPod for the book industry. Last October Oprah gave the e-reader a huge push from her book club, ensuring that it would be almost completely sold out during the Holiday Season.  In the wake of the Oprah aftermath we’re still finding it hard to get a Kindle, with six to eight weeks...