Esquire magazine releases issue with e-ink cover

Celebrating their 75th anniversary, Esquire magazine has released a special “limited edition” cover that features e-ink technology.

While the cover is something of a gimmick, the technology itself holds promise for animated or interactive illustrations or pages in traditional books and magazines or in applications where it can be attached to everyday objects. The e-ink portion of the page was “printed” in a facility in China and had to be shipped refrigerated to preserve battery life for placement on the cover. The battery lasts about ninety days. Esquire has a web page posted about how the cover was made.

Someone has posted a video of the cover at YouTube: