E Ink Holdings, the company responsible for the gorgeous Pearl e-ink display in Amazon’s Kindle 3, isn’t going to have a new display ready for 2011. They’re working full-tilt on their 2012 lineup, and they’ve got quite an impressive feature list to show for it. Not all of the features are applicable to eReader applications, but diversity in a competitive market can only be to the good.
First up, they have a flashing, blinking SIRF display that can be printed on cloth, useful for signs and living billboards. They have a similar technology aimed at Tyvek cloth, which will lend itself to some pretty fancy animated envelopes in the future.
The really big news that has me and many others excited though is their pursuit of full-motion color video displays. Heck, they’d have had me at color, let alone full motion video! The picture above is a still from one of these displays running Pixar’s Cars, and I’ve included video below.
Color saturation and vividness is an obvious area where things can improve, not to mention pixel density, but this is an incredible advancement in a really short period of time. It’s already making me look at my Kindle 3 with a sigh, while thinking of 2012 with impatience.
Even if nothing else ends, 2012 looks like it’ll end the world of colorless eReaders.