Sharp to introduce two new ePoster color electronic paper displays that allow users to change display whenever necessary via USB flash drive or via smartphone app; when paired with Sharp's e-Signage S, displays can be updated over network

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August 14, 2023 (press release) –

New Color Models for Electronic Posters that Can Maintain Displayed Images with Zero Watts Power Consumption*1

EP-C251/C131 Color Electronic Paper Display (installation conceptual rendering)

Note: Screen images shown are simulated pictures. Actual display will differ.

Sharp Corporation will introduce new color models of its ePoster electronic paper displays that can maintain the displayed image while consuming no power (zero watts). Two sizes will be available: the 25.3-inch EP-C251 and 13.3-inch EP-C131 models.

These units feature the electronic paper technology of E Ink Holdings Inc.*2, the world’s commercial leader in the electronic paper field, now offering support for color displays. In addition to high visibility similar to printed paper and the ability to rewrite the display whenever necessary, the powerful graphic capabilities provided by rich color have been added to the display, greatly expanding the range of potential usage scenarios. Power is required only to rewrite the display, and once rendered, the displayed image can be maintained even if the power is turned off*3. In addition, these units are thin and lightweight, enabling easy mounting simply by hanging with a wire*4. They can be used in places where it has been previously difficult to install digital signage due to issues such as connection to a power source and load capacity. They can also serve as replacements for printed paper posters. They will prove useful for a wide variety of applications, including as location directories and informational signage as well as advertising displays in commercial spaces and retail stores, and to display menus in restaurants.

The content displayed can be easily updated using a USB flash drive and can also be rewritten via a smartphone app. Plus, when combined with e-Signage S, Sharp’s proprietary software system for content distribution and management (sold separately), the display can be updated over a network, making managing and operating the display smooth and easy, including updating content on multiple display units at one time, specifying the updating date and time, and more.

Sharp will continue to innovate information dissemination in the carbon-neutral era via ePoster, which achieves display image retention while consuming zero watts of power.

 

Product name

Nickname

Model name

Suggested
retail price

Date of introduction
in Japan

Monthly
production

Electronic
Paper Display

ePoster

EP-C251

Open

Late October 2023

500 units

EP-C131

Late September 2023

700 units


 

■Outstanding Features

1. Color models of an electronic paper display that can maintain the displayed image while consuming no power (zero watts).

2. Thin and lightweight, enabling easy installation simply by hanging.

3. Compatible with Sharp’s e-Signage S proprietary content distribution/display system. Display images can be updated over a network and updated on multiple units at one time, and the updating date and time can be specified.

*1 Connection to a power source is required for display rewriting, auto mode, and e-Signage S operation. System standby power consumption at power ON is approx. 1 W; power consumption for display rewriting is approx. 30 W max. (for EP-C131, approx. 15 W max.)

*2 Headquarters: Hsinchu, Taiwan; CEO: Johnson Lee

*3 Only still images can be displayed. Video playback is not supported.

*4 Mounting hardware (sold separately) may be required for installation.

 

■Usage Scenes (Conceptual images)

 

Cafe store poster
 

Restaurant tabletop menu
 

Supermarket sale poster
 

Pharmacy counter information display
 

Information board at an event site
 

POP display in a convenience store
 

● The ePoster above is shown equipped with separately sold accessories such as a stand or wall-mounting brackets. The stand is an artist’s rendering.

● All on-screen images are simulated images and will look different from what is actually displayed on the screen.

 

 

■Main Specifications

 

Model Name

EP-C251

EP-C131

Display

Screen Size

25.3-inch-class(16:9)

(643 mm diagonal)

13.3-inch-class(4:3)

(338 mm diagonal)

Max. Resolution

3,200 × 1,800 pixels

1,600 × 1,200 pixels

Pixel Pitch (H × V)

0.175 × 0.175 mm

0.169 × 0.169 mm

Active Screen Area(W × H)

560 × 315 mm

270.4 × 202.8 mm

Input Terminals

USB Type-C x 1 (data transfer, USB memory)

USB Type-C x 1 (power supply)

System

Storage

8 GB(free area 3 GB)

Wireless LAN

Compliant with IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth®

Compliant with version 5.0 supported profiles: SPP, GAP, GATT

Power Supply

AC100V, 50/60 Hz (with dedicated AC adapter)

20 V DC (EP-C131: 15 V DC)

Environmental Conditions

Operating Temperature

Main unit: 0 to 50 ℃, AC adapter: 0 to 35 ℃

Rewritable Temperature

15 to 35℃

Operating Humidity

20 to 80% RH (no condensation)

Dimensions (W × D × H)

(approx.) (display only)

596 × 31.1 × 351.6mm

306.4 × 20.9 × 229.9mm

Weight (approx.)

1.9kg

0.7kg

● Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

● Sharp Corporation is currently applying for a trademark for ”ePoster”.

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