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E Ink’s latest color displays have me dreaming of electronic paper magazines

There’s nonetheless nothing fairly like thumbing the pages of a real-life print journal, however the newest evolution of E Ink’s colour tech is creeping tantalizingly shut — no less than so far as my eyes are involved.

You’ve heard it all before: A lifetime of watching screens has worn out my eyes, main me down a rabbit gap of lifehacky solutions to ease the fatigue. A number of the methods I picked up over time have helped — particularly the one the place I merely take breaks and go for walks — however one factor hasn’t modified: I nonetheless spend extra time than I’d like gazing at shiny shows.

I don’t need something much less for movies or gaming, however for studying I usually ignore the most recent tech and as a substitute flip to a 2016 Kindle Oasis or old style books. My arms can clearly inform the distinction between the 2, however after I’m misplaced in a narrative, I don’t suppose my eyes can. With paper and e-paper alike, a way of ease washes over me as I learn. Is it how the sunshine bounces off the web page? Or, is it as a result of I do know adverts and notifications gained’t bombard me at each flip? I’m unsure, and I don’t actually care why; I simply favor it, and E Ink jogged my memory of that after I stepped into its little convention room final week in Las Vegas.

A prototype with E Ink's Gallery 3 display tech.

A prototype with E Ink’s Gallery 3 show tech.

“We aren’t ever going to be the perfect movie-showing display screen,” U.S. enterprise lead Timothy O’Malley said the plain in an interview . However E Ink’s objectives are nonetheless stretching properly into iPad territory. Ultimately, E Ink goals to construct {a magazine} studying expertise that’s ok to win over even essentially the most demanding publishers, O’Malley instructed.

“Vogue magazines specifically actually have strict requirements on colour [and] that’s an awesome aim for us,” the 22-year firm veteran mentioned. “I do imagine we are going to get there and the tech basically helps it.”

O’Malley added, “We’ll work on the fabric response and the controls, and we are going to get the saturation as much as that.” Reaching that bar might win over comics followers and picturebook readers, too.

For now, E Ink’s Gallery colour tech is at its finest when it’s utilized in signage, the place the corporate can sacrifice refresh pace for readability. However in handheld readers, the place you don’t need to wait ages for the following web page to show, the colours are nonetheless trying muted subsequent to a retina display screen. As I swiped on a Gallery 3 prototype, giant photos lagged and flashed clumsily. However when the identical prototype displayed small colour illustrations alongside black-on-white textual content, the tech truly appeared prepared for the lots. 

A prototype with E Ink's Gallery 3 display tech.

The identical prototype with E Ink’s Gallery 3 show. 

E Ink’s in-house Gallery 3 stats illustrate the present trade-off. The corporate mentioned in December that its black-and-white replace time is now at 350 milliseconds, whereas its colour speeds vary from 500 ms (which E Ink calls “quick colour mode”) to 1500 ms (for “finest colour”). E Ink lets producers determine how they’ll stability pace and readability, so your proverbial mileage could differ.

After I requested O’Malley what the holdup could be for a full-color Kindle, the chief speedily deflected. “It’s a two step dance — we have now our half, and every buyer has their very own half,” he mentioned.

A Kindle rep rapidly declined to remark after I requested an identical query over electronic mail, however hey, a lady can dream.

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