E-ink prototyping kit

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Just noticed this mentioned on slashdot
http://www.eink.com/kits/

It's a 800x600 E-ink display with a lot of bells and whistles to play with, basically a computer.

I was all hot for it until I found out the price :shock: Does anyone in the know have any info on (planned) availability of other products based on this tech? Or how soon before the cost becomes something affordable?

The Dark Boxes are coming.

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Nice technology, have you seen the Sony 'Electronic Book'? It uses an E-Ink based display which is made by Philips. It was set to launch last year at $US 376, but I havent heard much since. E-Ink technology is very new, it only escaped from its MIT birthplace in 1997. Philips, among others, are working with it to try and make super high resolution, extremely low power LCD displays including 'bendable' LCD's.

Give it a few years, and the popularity of things such as the iPod-nano will bring the prices down.

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That link is being slashdotted, what is the price? I cant get it to load. I want one.

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outer_space wrote:
That link is being slashdotted, what is the price? I cant get it to load. I want one.

$3K, available starting November, 1. If you still want one, be sure to tell us about your impressions with it :)

The Dark Boxes are coming.

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The kit is going to be expensive, but the cost of the panels will decrease rapidly. take the Philips/Sony example and say $400 and apply Moore's law.

2005 400
2006 200
2007 100
2008 50
2009 25
2010 12.50 other pricing factors will kick in before this - so guess $15 - $25 in 5 years

Five years ago I worked on a Philips Plasma display that retailed for over 20K, now it sells for less than 2K, so Moore's law doesn't exactly apply to displays as things like high quality glass price coorelates to fuel prices.

If you really think these things will take off and you have a product in mind, price the technology based on what it will be when you finish your development and debug, not what it cost now. I'd buy the 3k kit and start a development project with this technology today at 400 panel cost if I believed that in two years I could make a profit if the panel cost 100.

Smiley