E-reader companies are constantly looking for new tech to improve their displays and efficiency and most users are always looking for more color on their screen. Enter the E Ink Kaleido Plus, a new form of e-reader technology that is expected to sweep the e-reader scene in 2021.
After three years of development, the original E Ink Kaleido e-paper was released in 2020. The E Ink Kaleido e-paper uses a new printed Color Filter Array (CFA) technology in conjunction with their second generation Carta 1100 ink. This new printing process eliminates the need for glass-based CFA, which will allow displays to be thinner and lighter while simultaneously making them higher quality.
The E Ink Kaleido e-paper is able to produce a color for every pixel displayed on the screen. The base colors include blue, red, green, white, and black, each of which can be toned up or down or combined with another color to create the desired shade. The display includes a total of 4,096 custom color combinations.
The second generation of this technology, or the E Ink Kaleido Plus, is being released this year and will likely take the e-reader world by storm. This generation of the technology fixes some of the problems of the previous generation, including an improvement with the greyscale uniformity, better color accuracy, and also faster performance when displaying books, comics, and graphic novels.
Thus far, two devices have officially announced that they will be utilizing this new technology in their product. The first is the Bigme B1 Pro, which is a digital note-taking device that allows users to take notes or draw by hand. The next is the Hisense A7 CC, with is a 5G-enabled smartphone.
Though these are the first to announce it, many other companies are expected to follow suit. E Ink’s two factories in China are working at a rapid pace to put out the technology, and they even recently expanded another factory just outside of Boston, Massachusetts.