E Ink and RICOH launch world’s thinnest and lightest digital white board


E Ink Holdings (Billerica, Massachusetts), a leading innovator of electronic ink technology, recently announced that RICOH, an innovative technology and service company enabling individuals to work smarter, has revealed world’s thinnest and lightest portable digital white board, with applications across medical, construction and office settings.

The RICOH eWhiteboard 4200 is designed to connect remote sites to each other, and to main offices, to promote smarter workplaces through digitising traditional pen-based analogue operations. The ultra-portable device is useful in settings where a power source is not readily available and can be used in multiple orientations: displayed on an easel, flat on a table or hung on the wall. Updates on the boards can be seen by remote locations through WiFi usage, making meetings truly collaborative, even across distance.

Thin, light and extremely power-efficient, the RICOH eWhiteboard 4200 is also waterproof and dust-proof. With a paper-like appearance, the device is readable in bright sunlight, making it ideal for use outdoors, for example, on a construction site. The eWhiteboard 4200 weighs about 5.9kg and is incredibly thin, at 14.5mm.

Featuring a 42-inch E Ink Carta digital paper display, the whiteboard benefits from E Ink’s faster ink, making for a smooth handwriting experience with a sharp, high contrast appearance. Because the technology is reflective rather than light-emissive, there is no light pollution, which can be disruptive, especially in a medical setting for patient communication.

“The future of work has evolved from paper and pen to sustainable, digital technology,” said Johnson Lee, CEO of E Ink Holdings. “The inherent properties of E Ink’s technology are particularly well-suited to offer sustainable digital solutions, so partnering with RICOH was a natural fit to develop the RICOH eWhiteboard 4200.”

“The RICOH eWhiteboard 4200 is a product that symbolises Ricoh's becoming a digital service company,” said Satoru Yamada, manager IoT Solution Development Center, RICOH. “We have a message that we will work with EDW (Empowering Digital Workplaces) as an IoT device to change the way we work with an awareness of the workplace. We are pleased to see the results of our four years of collaborative development efforts with E Ink.”

Details of the RICOH eWhiteboard 4200 include:

    42-inch E Ink Carta electronic paper display (EPD)

    Smooth writing feel, similar to paper

    Ultra-thin at 14.5 mm

    Ultra-low power, internal battery-powered operation

    Waterproof and dust-proof, ideal for tough sites

    First two-pen solution

Caption: The portable, sustainable digital paper display is designed to encourage team collaboration in the new flexible workplace (photo: E Ink)

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