E Ink’s ePaper displays use a bistable technology based on millions of tiny negatively charged microcapsules of black pigment and positively charged white ones. Once the microcapsules are driven into position on the display, they hold the display image and content with zero power drain. Not only that, but the ePaper then works just like paper – it’s sunlight readable with very high contrast.
The bistable display capability of E Ink’s 2.9” display module allows the LiPo battery-powered ParceLive tag to operate for several weeks on a single charge – a capability that’s not possible with any other display technology. This feature, coupled with the visual characteristics of ePaper, is compelling for the existing supply chain industry as the display needs to display in all environmental conditions and with devices such as barcode readers.
Dr. FY Gan, General Manager of the ESI Business Unit of E Ink Holdings, said, “E Ink’s goal is to deliver revolutionary products, user experiences and environmental benefits through advanced technology development. We are glad to co-work with Ineltek and Hanhaa for developing the ParceLive service that benefits both the sender and the recipient alike through ultra-low-power consumption and visual quality features from E Ink.”
Azhar Hussain, Hanhaa’s CEO and founder is excited about the future prospects. “Having a screen as part of ParceLive will allow room for future innovation with the ability to change screens ‘in flight’, enabling companies to change a parcel’s destination while it is on route. This is key for last minute re-routing, just in time deliveries or inventory adjustments.”
Ineltek are inviting visitors to the show to see this technology in action on Stand #434 in Hall 1 at Nuremberg’s Embedded World exhibition, Germany.