eWall is an interactive wall made of 231 e-paper displays, which can be treated as a one huge display to present meeting agendas.
E Ink® Holdings, “E Ink” (8069.TW), a digital signage and display visionary, MpicoSys, a developer and supplier of customized, low power, compact solutions for secure access, signage and RFID labeling; and Pervasive Displays Inc.® (PDi), a designer and manufacturer of electronic paper modules for commercial and industrial display applications, today announced the unveiling of the world’s largest tiled electronic paper display sign at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The eWall was unveiled on Wednesday, Sept. 25 by Queen Máxima of The Netherlands and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during the General Assembly of the UN. The eWall was designed by the architects of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), as part of a renovation of the North Delegates Lounge – a donation from the government of The Netherlands to the United Nations. The North Delegates Lounge plays a key role in the workings of the UN as an unofficial meeting space where conversation is unrecorded and informal.
With E Ink-based displays, the eWall provides delegates with scheduling, news and other relevant information when needed; has a design mode showing high resolution large scale images; or can fade seamlessly into an unobtrusive wall when turned off.
The eWall is an intricate combination of architectural, display and network engineering. It stands about 6 meters wide with 231 tiled 7.4″ displays arranged in a grid of 33 displays across by 7 displays high. With an overall resolution of 26,400 x 3,360 pixels, the eWall is the largest E Ink-based ePaper display in the world. Yet it consumes little power to operate.
The eWall displays use E Ink’s Pearl film, with Pervasive Displays providing the TFT and display modules, and MpicoSys providing the physical construction, electronics and control software to drive the overall sign, and Internet connectivity for updating the sign.
“The cooperation with the architects of the OMA is an excellent example of what MpicoSys custom projects can result in. We see this as a start of a new generation of ePaper products for information signage,” said Peter Slikkerveer, CEO of MpicoSys.
“Pervasive Displays is proud to be part of the next revolution in power efficient digital signage. The eWall can dynamically deliver the right information at the right time without disturbing the harmony of the architecture. With zero power to display the information, it is the natural choice for green buildings,” said Scott Soong, general manager and founder of Pervasive Displays.
“The eWall is a perfect example of E Ink enabling designers to deliver information where they never thought possible before,” said Harit Doshi, head of signage business and director of business development for E Ink Holdings. “This project further demonstrates E Ink’s diversification into different markets – specifically the digital signage market – as a key focus market segment.”
About E Ink Holdings
Founded in 1992 by Taiwan’s leading papermaking and printing group YFY (1907.TW), E Ink Holdings Inc. “E Ink” (8069.TW) is the pioneer of TFT and ePaper business in Taiwan. Its corporate philosophy aims to deliver revolutionary products, user experiences, and environmental benefits through advanced technology development. This vision has led to its continuous investments in the field of ePaper display as well as its 2008 acquisition of Hydis Technologies, manufacturer of the world’s best wide viewing angle LCDs and its 2009 acquisition of E Ink Corp., the worldwide leader in ePaper. Listed in Taiwan’s GreTai Securities Market and the Luxembourg market, E Ink is now the world’s largest supplier of displays to the eBook market. For corporate information, please visit www.einkgroup.com; for EPD information, please visit www.eink.com/ tw.eink.com; and for FFS information, please visit www.hydis.com.
About MpicoSys Solutions B.V.
MpicoSys Solutions B.V. creates and provides complete miniature electronic systems with extremely low power, high security and robustness, offering services, products and customized projects from idea to supply. Typical markets are security access, display labels, and digital signage. MpicoSys is operating internationally with a worldwide customer, partner, and supplier base as an experienced integrator of epaper solutions for professional markets. MpicoSys Solutions operates from Waalre, the Netherlands, exploiting the excellent infrastructure of the Netherlands. For more information on MpicoSys Solutions, please visit www.mpicosys.com.
About Pervasive Displays Inc.
Pervasive Displays provides ultra-low-power, active-matrix E-Paper displays and reference designs for applications requiring high resolution, high contrast, wide viewing angle, sunlight readability and especially low energy consumption. There is an increasing need to provide battery and power harvesting driven “pervasive interfaces” to the connected world. Pervasive Displays is focused on industrial and commercial applications where better decision making and more efficient processes creates tangible saving/profit by enabling the delivery of right information to the right place at the right time. For more information, please visit www.pervasivedisplays.com.