E-Ink technology that has proven useful in many ways since its appearance in 1997. From digital whiteboards to use in some laptops. At CES 2022, the technology finally made its way into the auto industry when BMW unveiled an e-ink exterior vehicle that can change color depending on weather and traffic conditions, or even just the mood of the driver.
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This futuristic feature does look really cool, though it’s not at all ready for mass production despite showing up at shows in a live demonstration vehicle, dubbed the BMW iX Flow featuring the E-Ink.
The electrophoretic dye itself is applied as a vehicle body wrapper but functions much like the e-ink display on Kindle e-readers that we usually encounter. The pack is embedded with millions of microcapsules each containing a negatively charged white pigment and a positively charged black pigment. Depending on the setting, applying an electrical charge to the material will cause white or black pigment to rise to the top of the microcapsules, changing the color of the vehicle in a moment.
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While the current iteration can only swap between a pair of colours.. “This gives drivers the freedom to express various aspects of their personality or even their enjoyment of change outwardly, and to redefine this every time they sit in their car,” Stella Clarke, Head The BMW iX Flow project features E Ink, said in a prepared statement. “Similar to fashion or status advertisements on social media channels, vehicles then become an expression of different moods and circumstances in everyday life.”
The exterior appearance of the E-ink has also proven useful in more practical applications such as changing colors depending on the weather to increase the battery life of the vehicle (and since this is an electric car, also includes the range) in cold climates or reducing the need for air conditioning in comfortable weather.
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