The Chinese company Onyx with a strong Polish subsidiary, which specializes in the manufacture of electronic book reader has announced the launch of its first smartphone. The device is called MIDIA InkPhone and it will have a display diagonal of 4.3 inches crafted in e-ink technology, which will facilitate the autonomy of up to two weeks without connecting the charger.
Samsung could sell their company Liquavista, specialized in the development of e-ink color screen. Samsung acquired the company back in January 2011, and the same company develops special technology for color screen (electrowetting) intended primarily for e-book readers.
On the Yanko Design website an interesting QWERTY keyboard project was recently released where each key is a separate e-ink screen. Using e-ink on the keys brings to life an idea that was conceived a half-decade ago by the design studio Art Lebedev with their Optimus Maximus keyboard. The label on the keys change depending on the application user is currently working.
As you might have noticed we have been following Windows 8 and all of the expected and unexpected features and pitfalls that it might bring to the market. So far we have found that the core of the OS appears to be pretty solid and while there is plenty of room for improvement, even the consumer preview version of the OS could be used as-is. Now this is great, but it is important to remember that Windows 8 is a split personality OS. Microsoft is trying to bridge two very different markets with a single product; Windows 8 for the x86/64 PC and Windows 8 on ARM (called Windows RT).