E Ink Holdings, the folks behind the eInk displays found on the Kindle and many other eReaders, have announced their first color eInk display, E Ink Triton.
That’s right, color eInk is finally here.
According to E Ink Holdings, the color display features all the benefits found on the current-generation of eReaders, including faster page turns and greater contrast ration when compared with older eReaders, just with color display capability in addition to 16-level grayscale. Also, E Ink Triton is a low-power technology, which E Ink Holdings claims can last for a month on an eReader between charges.
First Color eReader Announced
Chinese company Hanvon intends to bring the first color eInk eReader to market with a 10-inch device that should arrive in March. The device could cost $440 according to the New York Times, and will offer both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. Hanvon intends to target the business market with its color eReader.
Thus far, Amazon and Sony have been lukewarm to color eInk. Both have announced intentions to wait and see how the technology matures before slapping it on the Kindle and Reader, respectively. Amazon has stated they see some use for color eInk, particularly with children’s books and cook books, but it also offers smartphone and PC eBook applications that can render text and pictures in color.
Devices like the Nook Color and Pandigital Novel are marketed as color eReaders, but they sport LCD displays and are more in line with tablets in terms of technology than they are eReaders.