- Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:15 am
If somebody could just find a way to seperate the bottom layer of the esquire display we could at least create our own segmented display!
Somebody with chemical experience needs to find how to dissolve the solvent and remove the bottom layer without damaging the rest. VERY hard.
I aggree, eink should produce simple matrix displays (panels?) and they would be very popular!
I can see them appearing on clocks, weather stations, virtual post its, mouse pad 2nd pc displays, phone screens.
I think the problem is that without an active matrix driver built in then simple matrix displays rapidly become a nightmare to do anything with. even an 8x8 element display becomes hard to drive. The controller/driver count would be a nightmare until specialist controller ics appeared, and they would have FAR too many connections.
Even something as small as the nokia 3310 display has 48x86 pixels, thats a HUGE amount of connections to a pile of driver ICs.
As sad as it is, the more i think of this the more improbably a matrix panel seems. The best you could hope for is a part laminated display with the clear conductor that let you place it onto your own pcb etched with your own segment layout.
I can see why its available only the way it is. Its a shame, but the more i think about it the more I understand eink and doubt the hobby side of things will get much in e-ink until the displays get mass produced with drivers onboard like the nokia phone displays.
Lets face it, its only the HUGE demand for quantity in phone screens that has enabled us to get our hands on some pretty damn sweet lcds.