I find the idea of having whatever art piece I want on the wall very appealing.
Obviously they took a pretty expensive and power intensive route, but the end result is absolutely phenomenal
Go one step further and it can be even better; have them also emit air with different temperatures and smells, so that I can have one wall displaying an open field, for example, complete with the feeling of a fresh scented breeze coming from that direction.
He was not so sanguine about it, as he saw it as a potential pitfall which could lead people to lose their humanity in a cloud of vague emotions and indistinct narratives. It would be more pernicious than a sensory deprivation chamber because the total immersion would lull its users into a state of unfocused, passive complacency. By contrast, wrestling with a worthwhile book would sharpen the mind and will by making the reader aspire to meet the standards of the text.
Honestly, I love the idea of a van Goph with a massive, subtly moving image.
For now, instead of plastering the cable in, you could put up a picture rail and hide the cable inside that.
Would not be pleasant when your whole room is flashing though.
He drove and recorded all the footage himself then opened his studio!
I swear, I have been wanting this SO BAD for so long for my monitor. LCDs are bright and make my eyes hurt. I want this for my monitor.
What I would really like, however, is a monitor-sized Sharp Memory LCD display, as made famous by the Pebble. The colour displays are things of beauty. The colour gamut's not brilliant, but they refresh instantly, consume practically no power, and look great. With the backlight turned off, you get an interesting metallic sheen that looks like no other display on earth.
Even the monochrome ones are really cool. I have a development kit where the display can show white and silver --- like, metallic, reflective silver, which you can (just about) see your face in.
Alas, they don't make them much bigger than watch sized.
Edit: This was with a black and white display. Depending on how the colour displays work, avoiding latency might not be possible as easily.
We wanted to make eink displays with touchscreen controls for videoconferencing but the latency isnt great.
Recently, Apple bought the Taiwan fab plant where the old mirasol displays were made, which had been transferred to AU Optronics. But a fab is a fab is a fab so it doesn't mean they're making mirasol displays there.
Liquavista is another crapshoot, spun off in 2006, made huge pronouncements at shows, told us they would be production ready in 8-12 months back in 2010 and then shuttered in Dec 2010. Then layoffs, then Samsung, now Amazon. No clue what their real status is now.
In other words, doing demos is doing demos. Commercially available production ready product is a different story completely.
But I will put up with that -- the "good" of it being easy on the eyes trumps the "bad" of latency issues.
Though, let's hope the technology matures and this problem is solved to some extent.
It was not e-ink but a reflective panel viewable in bright daylight that also had a backlight for indoor/night use. They had a 10" netbook panel commercially available.
It makes me wonder if reading about another exciting screen tech such as this will suffer the same fate. Maybe someone else knows why.
People want this. Anyone who wants the ability to take a small laptop outside on a nice day and be able to read the screen wants this. I don't particularly care about Negroponte's goals with OLPC but it did bring some technology into discussion that isn't typically used on mobile devices (lithium iron phosphate batteries being another thing to use for rugged outdoors devices...)
Digging up a bit more research it seems Toshiba was the last to use transflective in an ultraportable size. Here's one in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXO7u6bzVGQ
A Canvas Made of Pixels (claybavor.com)
So yeah, I'm with you.. it'll be fun to move up to the tower and still get requisite background art.
Once the image fully appears it looks great.
You got used to it after a day or two anyway.
God, I hope I'm right. If that's how it really looks, it's terrible.
It just seems like the full image ARRIVES very early in the flashing process, and there are only minor details still arriving during all of the flashing.
In traditional B&W E-Ink, black pigments are negatively charged, while white pigments are positively charged, so it's fairly straightforward to control which ones to show. I wonder how they do it for color, since they would need presumably 3 or 4 primary colors
The other thought that came to mind would be some sort of resonance system... send the right frequency, and the cyan (e.g.) particles bob up and down hard enough to reach the surface, where they'd stick. Each particle would have its own resonance frequency.
The magenta particles let light through, the others do not.
The top layer can put white on top to make white.
The top layer can pull all the particles to the side to be completely clear. This allows yellow/cyan/green depending on the state of the bottom layer.
The top layer can put magenta on top and white on bottom to make magenta.
The top layer can put magenta on top and pull white to the side to be clear magenta. This allows red/blue/black respectively, when the bottom layer is yellow/cyan/green.
Edit: But the initial article specifically says "The display utilizes a single layer of electrophoretic fluid" so it sounds like it's using a different tech.
I don't know how you'd do different shades of 3/4 colors though.
No, they say they can display all 8 primaries.
If you mix the pigments, isn't the effect really the same, but on a microscopic level rather than a macroscopic level?
No. It's the difference between colour addition and colour subtraction.
In a colour-addition (ie LCD) model, the maximum possible light transmission - what you get by displaying 'white' - is 33%, since it involves R, G, B side by side, all on. But in a colour-subtraction model (ie e-ink) you just remove all pigment and get 100% light transmission.
Another example: pure yellow. Addition: R, G on full, B off; total light transmission: (33% * 2/3 =) 22%. Subtraction: all yellow pigment, total light transmission: 66%.
Another example: pure red. Addition: R on full, G, B off; total light transmission: (33% * 1/3 =) 11%. Subtraction: yellow and magenta pigment mixed, total light transmission: 33%.
(to be clear, the numbers are waay over-simplified naive colour theory, not actual measurements or anything)
I've loved following them over the years. They were one of the first "startups" I read about (in the Boston Globe) as a kid growing up outside Boston in the 90's.
It seems like it's been an incredible uphill battle to make the tech work. I love my Kindle screen and do hope that someday passive color screens can rival light emitting ones.
Other than E-readers, the big application has been retail price signs. With a passive display, they can be battery powered and have a long battery life. They only need to wake up and rewrite when the price changes. (Most of the ads for these displays show something like "30% off!")
Perhaps not as good as a glossy full-color textbook, but a few days ago I bought a paperback and I was surprised how much I wanted to read it on my Kindle instead. Paperbacks often have terrible resolution, and the contrast isn't much better (paperbacks often have ivory-ish colored paper).
You're right about contrast. For normal reading this can be compensated with setting the font (a lot) bigger. This makes reading a lot easier on the eye. The only problem is that PDFs and tables or bullet lists get messed up. Speed and CPU power then can become a problem.
I worked on one of the fairly early E Ink use-cases in '96 for a really interesting summer job, as part of a DARPA-funded project. Wrote a graphics driver for it in assembly; learned how to use an oscilloscope to debug.
I wish someone would try to compete.
I hope you don't plan to connect this to the internet.
I hope you don't plan to connect this to the internet."
I'll ignore the snarkiness of this comment. There aren't any other 13.3 inch e ink readers out there that run on the latest version of Android. Furthermore, Onyx have announced upgrades are coming for the Boox Max. Also, Android support contrasts this device to say the Kindle DX which you can't use with your favourite reading apps etc.
hopefully this will come out at some point
There are people who got devices in the preorder discussing it here: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=267140&pag...
There's also a few videos on Youtube, like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glXRWQJOclI
*Edit: €585 before tax, €696 incl tax: http://ereader-store.de/en/28-13-3-display
I still would love to have a comic reader with Mirasol.
My monitor's brightness is already set at 4%.
My biggest barrier here would be the mouse. My mouse is an extension of my hand. Imagine how hard it would be to manipulate objects in real life if you had a half a second delay on what you felt and saw your hand do?
Similarly, you'd better be very accurate at typing- you won't notice a typo until half a second later, by which time you've written 5 or 10 more characters. You could go back and fix each one later, but again, with the slow refresh the need for accuracy in knowing where you're typing now would be problematic.
That said, I'm still excited. This tech is so lovely (I joined Amazon in part because I love my Kindle).
To test, connect to a remote site with 1Mbit uplink via RDP or VNC. It tends to drive you stark raving mad after an hour or so.
Just in case it wasn't obvious why this will type of tech will be huge.
Also - IoT displays. Hell, in the long term, _all material that is graphically designed and may need to change. Advertising, signs, dashboards, frickin' everything.
Don't get me wrong, I think color makes this a much better value proposition... but I don't think our world is going to be wrapped in it anytime soon.
iPads are heavy and backlit. iPhones are tiny. Kindle is B&W.
This is totally different.
For much longer battery life on tablets / phones / ireaders however, this could be huge.
Has the latency improved any?
The only reason I prefer paper books is because ebooks, in my opinion, are unusable for technical material and documentation. Diagrams, equations, big tables, are a no-go today (that is, unless you buy an iPad Pro and read PDFs, but then you have the screen glare issue).
I read 10x more paper books than eBooks (scanning is impossible on eBooks) but it's really nice to have the Kindle sometimes.
Marvel should partner with them.
So that when stuff happens quickly LCD shows it, but when nothing happens for some time - LCD turns transparent (maybe even just for the region of screen that is static) and ePaper keeps showing it.
I'm thinking mostly static IDE with small debug window scrolling all the time.
Wonder if energy savings are worth it, but it could maybe be done just to make it easier on the eyes.
...developed a display that can show up to 32,000 colors.
8^5 = 32768
That explains the posterization.
I want one now :-)
Or am I misunderstanding what bpp is?
One day I would like a non-backlight color e-ink display ebook reader. And large screen (non-backlight/optional-backlight) e-ink displays would be great for various purposes like electronic wall painting that refresh once a day, info screens, third monitor (eg reading ebooks on PC on a special eye-friendly third monitor), etc
The best way of getting screens is to hop on ebay, and get a replacement screen, then reverse engineer the connecter they use
It would make a dandy comic book reader though!
Can't really think of any. Signboards would be good but I doubt the scale/price/size works out well (for now). ereaders don't really need colour IMO though it would obviously be a benefit.
I wonder if e-ink wouldn't be possible for a future Pebble and whether it would give it any noticeable advantage compared to the current LCD display.