E Ink’s E-paper products offer benefits such as energy saving, portability, and eco-health. The biggest difference from other display technologies is that E-paper is a reflective and bi-stable display technology. Visually, it looks almost the same as traditional paper but with the benefits of eye protection and energy efficiency. "Magnetrix Curtain" is an e-paper glass curtain wall system that uses magnetic coupling induction coils to combine E-paper’s power supply and control. It encapsulates the electronic paper and its auxiliary circuits inside the two layers of glass, completely isolated from the outside world and packaged in the architectural curtain in a matrix pattern. In the external wall system, environmental information about the building is displayed on the wall through the control of the APP and each node. The 1:1 mock-up installation showcases the detailed components of the construction. The gap in the double-pane glass of the curtain wall system can be used as a display shelf.
This project hopes to use E-paper as a building material and apply it to exterior wall systems or surface finishes and so revolutionize the construction of architectural facade building materials. Professor Cheng-Luen Hsueh and Professor Kane Yanagawa in the Department of Architecture and Professor Jia-You Lee in the Department of Electrical Engineering formed a team to explore the future economic system of the construction industry from the perspective of circular economy and to pursue the possibility of E-paper as a new building material. E-paper’s readability makes it one of the most important and key technologies for future life. The research and development team sought to apply E-paper to architectural facade building materials and to use E-paper to display environmental protection information such as PM value, power consumption, and temperature. In addition, the R&D team also explored how to integrate this technology into the production and construction of building exteriors, and inspired by circular economy to practice modular, systematic, easily changeable, or leasable new business models.