Ink and paper have been around for millennia. As long as civilizations
have invented written communication, they’ve used different types
of paper and ink applied with a specialized tool to convey their message.
While the technology has progressively been refined, made less expensive,
more accurate, and easily repeatable, the future still continues to hold
even more surprises. However, one future technology is here now, and
Wired magazine, it holds the key to what to expect in the coming years.
E Ink isn’t ink in your traditional sense: it’s an electronic
display that looks, feels, and functions like ink, but can change at a
moment’s notice. The technology got its first big application when
Amazon released the Kindle tablet. For most people, the Kindle doesn’t
even seem like a tablet: it doesn’t shine brightly like a phone
or regular tablet, it doesn’t have the same feel or look as a tablet,
in fact, to most people it doesn’t even look electronic. It looks
like ink on paper.
There’s a good reason for this: E Ink is actually composed of extremely
tiny black and white ink capsules that have been electrically charged.
In order to create the image, the display rearranges these capsules using
electrical fields. Once the image has been created, the fields shut off
because keeping the image on the screen doesn’t use any power at
all. As a result, modern Kindles are able to achieve unbelievably long
battery life: some lasting as long as a month on a single charge!
This gives E Ink screens a huge advantage over traditional displays: not
only do they use very little energy, but they’re also durable and
very easy to read. That makes them ideal for all sorts of real-world applications:
billboards, price tags, or even displays on the walls of your own house.
Today, innovators are starting to use this technology for all sorts of
new, practical applications. Popslate makes a case for your cell phone
that places one of these e-ink screens on the back of your phone, allowing
you to get critical information such as the time, date, weather, and notifications
without having to power up the large main screen on the front, which drains
While the list of applications are virtually endless, E Ink isn’t
about to replace traditional paper anytime soon. Color E Ink displays
are still a long way off. Likewise, there will never quite be a replacement
for the security of traditional ink and paper, particularly when it comes
to printing things like legal documents, which shouldn’t be able
to be changed after they’re signed.
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