Next-gen E-ink Segmented Display Cells offer flexibility in paper-thin form, could bring Nokia Morph, other concepts to life

E Ink Corporation recently announced the launch of its next generation segmented display cells (SDC). An SDC is a new and innovative type of display that is based on E ink technology, offering optimum readability using minimal battery power in a paper-thin form. As of now, not as many companies are applying this technology to their products as should be, but we think the time is coming pretty close.

The primary “selling point” of these so-called segmented display cells is that they offer “organic non-rectangular unique shapes, including holes, curves, and other non-standard designs.” And this is exactly what consumer electronics manufacturers are needing, if they’re ever going to put out their insane product concepts, which are mostly based on a never-seen-before form factor.

E-ink SDC

Take for example, Nokia’s Morph concept. The next-gen E ink SDC’s might not be based on nanotechnology, transparent electronics and self-cleaning displays, but being the flexible, paper-thin display that it is, it’s a step in the right direction.

Nokia Morph

The photo you see above with the chain beneath it is actually a prototype of a wireless, bi-directional key fob for Delphi, developed with E Ink Tech’s next-gen SDC’s. Joe DiCarlo, Director of Enginerring for Controls and Security in North America had this to say about the key fob with E Ink’s SDC.

The groundbreaking fob offers packaging flexibility and does not consume much power. Because it provides drivers valuable vehicle information and control, it is imperative that its display can be read in bright sunlight.

Right now, the technology that makes these SDC products work is being used on very few products, including the Amazon Kindle, SONY Reader and iRex iLiad.

Hopefully, manufacturers would take a look at this and try to find ways of integrating this with their products, if not starting over with new sets completely based on this technology. One thing that’s certain is that this is definitely where tech should be going. Better, more efficient, and most of all, more affordable.

Author: David Gonzales

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