E-Ink is typically known for their battery-friendly grey scale displays that are found on some devices and wearables such as ebook readers, the YotaPhone and the Pebble smartwatch, but now, the company is looking to expand their horizons beyond just mobile technology. If you find the static paint on your walls and buildings too mundane, E-Ink’s latest product will certainly pique your interest. At CES 2015, we got to spend some time with Giovanni Mancini, Head of Global Marketing at E-Ink, where he introduced the E-Ink Prism!
With Prism, E-Ink is hoping to add an element of dynamism to architecture and interior design. By taking E-ink technology and adding color to it to create a color-changing film, the ambitious aim is to easily change the look and aesthetics of environments according to your needs. It is visually similar to paint, but obviously, unlike paint, can be used to change the color of a wall instantly, along with various other applications.
While the product on the floor at CES may seem simple, the possible applications are boundless. Fully programmable colors and patterns means that you can program a wall color or pattern to respond to changes in temperature, noise, or motion, to change the color of the door while a room is in use, or even change the color of your furniture, with its rugged but flexible nature allowing the integration of the product with different materials and structures.
E-Ink displays on mobile devices are well known for their frugal power consumption, and that feature translates to this larger scale as well, with Prism able to work without the need for electrical connections, unlike digital displays that we see around. The only issue, if you were looking forward to color e-ink displays on your mobile devices, or even if you were looking to pick it up for some home decoration, is that for now, the primary applications and market is with regards to large architectural installations, such as in hotel lobbies, airports, corporate offices, and more.
A demo product, created in conjunction with architects and designers will be available by the end of 2015. You can find out more about E-Ink Prism here, and stay tuned with Android Authority, as we continue to bring you more great coverage from CES 2015!