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E Ink shows foldable e-reader prototype that also supports pen input

E Ink demos its foldable e-reader prototype. (Image: GoodEReader)
E Ink demos its foldable e-reader prototype. (Image: GoodEReader)
E Ink has demonstrated the latest working prototype of its foldable display technology. The device also supports note taking via a stylus and points to what could be the near future for e-reading devices.
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E Ink display technology has found its way into devices like the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite because it offers excellent readability in bright spaces and offers substantially longer battery life than regular LCD or OLED displays. In fact, for some e-reading fans, they wouldn’t buy an e-reader without E Ink technology. The next frontier for the company is foldable display technology which would help to make an e-reader feel much more like a regular book.

The folks at GoodEReader have been given a hands-on with the second-generation E Ink foldable display prototype. The new device sports a 10.3-inch flexible ePaper display and also sports support for stylus input. Not only can you take notes with the stylus, it can also be used to highlight text. As it doesn’t sport a backlight, the top of the display also hides a couple of LED light strips that can be folded into position to light up the panel.

E Ink doesn’t manufacture e-readers itself, so the prototype exists to showcase the technology to OEMs who might go on to build a device with the technology. Devices with foldable display technology are still relatively expensive, but it does seem inevitable that they will become mainstream one day. If E Ink has its way, this will include e-readers, which frankly, could do with a little more innovation to make the niche more appealing.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1284 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-08-11 (Update: 2020-08-11)