E Ink Turns to Home Design With Prism

Prism applies eReader technology to architectural design.

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The design company best known for its Kindle displays, E Ink, has unveiled a concept design product for modern homes and public spaces. It's called Prism, and it is likely to help E Ink towards its goal of becoming a design and materials company.

Prism takes the E Ink technology from black and white into the rainbow spectrum. Tweet It

E Ink is the process of encapsulating pigments of color into microspheres and then coating the microspheres onto different surfaces, with electronic circuits that control each sphere. Prism takes the E Ink technology from black and white into the rainbow spectrum, with a range of colors and hues encapsulated in each sphere.

The company has been working with architects and designers for the past year to apply Prism to different materials for a range of design products. At CES 2015, E Ink showcased a wall of plexiglass tiles that rippled through a series of pinks and reds in octagonal shapes, mimicking the pattern on the plexiglass itself. E Ink also displayed a glass-top coffee table crafted by Galaxy Glass with a different revolving series of patterns in the same color scheme.

According to the company, Prism will be used in places like hotel lobbies and airport terminals, where architects are looking for unique materials that do not feature the bright, eye-straining glow of LCDs or LEDs but still have dynamic capabilities. E Ink expects to have a public installation using Prism by the end of the year.

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