Check Out the First Prototype of a Foldable e-Reader by E Ink


INTRO: Since the “foldable display” trend started within the smartphone industry, we’ve seen an array of devices with foldable displays and various designs. We have seen companies like Samsung, Motorola, Huawei come up with their iteration of foldable smartphones and now rumor has it Google is additionally joining the team. However, the idea of a foldable e-reader has not been explored, until now.

The R&D team of the E Ink Corporation has created a prototype of an e-reader with a foldable display. Now, if you don’t realize the E Ink Corporation, it’s the corporate that pioneered the “ePaper” tech which most of the present e-readers within the market use.

Now, the Taiwan-based display manufacturers are performing on a foldable e-reader for a few time now. According to reports, the R&D team of the corporate developed an early prototype of a foldable e-reader back in June of this year. Fast forward two months, the corporate has developed an almost fully working prototype of a foldable e-reader.

The Foldable Note-Taking e-Reader

The first prototype of the device was reportedly just a model and didn’t even have a housing. However, this remake actually features a housing alongside 5 functional buttons, a replacement and far more efficient hinge design, and an almost functional foldable display.

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The device also has two “light bars” inside the fold. These are to illuminate up the screen in dark environments because the company couldn’t add LEDs inside the bezel thanks to “logistical difficulties”.

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Now, coming to the features of the device, users can use this foldable e-reader as a kindle-like device to read and may also use a stylus to require notes. The 10.3-inch display provides a spacious screen land for note-taking. When not in use, the tablet-sized device folds up to become a compact device, very similar to the other foldable device.

The Constraints

Now, personally speaking, although the thought of a foldable e-reader is sort of fascinating, there are tons of developments that require to be wiped out the sector.

Looking at the prototype device, the primary thing I notice is that the bezels are a touch uneven, and therefore the UI is pretty clunky too at the instant. Also, for e-readers with note-taking capabilities, there is the problem of low latency which gets more complex with foldable displays.

However, seems like the team at E Ink is functioning hard and has made pretty good progress in only two months. And with each passing day, I’m sure they’re going to be working hard to eradicate the prevailing constraints and improve the device further. You can inspect GoodEReader’s video below to ascertain how the primary prototype actually seems like in hands and the way it works.

So, what does one people believe the thought of a foldable e-reader? Let us know down in the comments.

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