Taiwan-based E Ink, the maker of Kindle display said it will begin selling screens that also show colors.
Until e-readers are equipped with either color but highly reflective
screens or monochrome (shades of gray) display. E Ink's new
display, the E Ink Triton, enables color ePaper solutions, enhancing
the visual experience for ePublishing markets.
For image-rich information applications showing charts, graphs, maps,
photos, comics and advertising, color displays made with Triton Imaging
Film enable ultra low power and high mobility devices with a paper-like
In addition to 16 levels of grayscale, Triton is capable of displaying
thousands of colors. And just like E Ink?s grayscale ePaper products,
Triton?s crisp text and detailed color graphics are fully viewable in
direct sunlight, the company claims.
The first e-reader with a color E Ink screen will come from Chinese
manufacturer Hanvon. The e-reader will have a display that measures 9.7
inches diagonally, and readers will be able to get online through either
Wi-Fi or a 3G cellular connection. It is expected to go on sale in China
for about $440.
Hanvon, which sells other products such as tablets in American stores,
said it might sell its newest e-reader in the U.S.
It is not clear whether the new display technology will mean a color
Kindle is coming.