Sydney is leading the way in eco-friendly traffic signs by using the world’s first solar-powered “electronic ink” signs. The signs can be updated at the drop of a hat, so as traffic needs change, the signs can change with it. The technology, which uses displays from E Ink and software from Visionect, has endless applications for the transportation sector and beyond.

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The Australian Road and Maritime Services (RMS) have installed displays all over the city using e-paper technology, commonly used for e-books and smartwatches, as a way of keeping the public informed. The partnership of American display designers E Ink and Slovenian platform developers Visionect has brought about the innovation, a remarkably simple and resilient service. Being completely solar-powered, the city’s resources are untouched, and the displays use zero energy when static. The information displayed on the signs is transmitted by the RMS via the 3G network and can be updated at any time, as well as pre-scheduled for events.

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All of the electronic technology that has provided a safe and easy commute over the last century or so is on the brink of becoming more and more sustainable. The possibilities for real-time information to be given to the public is also promising. What other ways could e-paper be used to improve our surroundings?

+E Ink, Visionect

via The Verge

Images via Visionect