This BMW iX Uses E-Ink From Your eReader To Change From Black Or White
But it still won’t change the car’s buck tooth grilleby Isaac Atienza, on LISTEN 02:07
What happens when an automaker takes the E-Ink from an eReader and uses it as a wrap that shifts from black to white and vice versa? You get the BMW iX Flow, of course.
Through the use of E-Ink from your eReader such as an Amazon Kindle, the iX Flow’s special wrap has the ability to change the car’s color depending on your preferences. That is if your preferences are limited to black, gray, and white.
BMW says that the wrap works through electrophoretic technology. When stimulated by electrical signals, wrap shifts from white to grey or black. The keyword here is "stimulate", which means electric power is only consumed during the shift in color, not in maintaining it. As a result, BMW says that this wrap does not add to the power consumption of the batteries.
If you look closely, the BMW iX Flow’s skin features numerous triangular segments. Each segment is actually an ePaper that’s been stitched together to create this wrap. In short, to have a better understanding of this tech, BMW basically wrapped the iX with an eReader’s display.
Don’t expect this tech to appear when ticking those options boxes when buying your next BMW anytime soon though. For now, at least, this is just a technical showcase of what BMW is capable of. If you want to see this in action, the BMW iX Flow is currently on display at the CES 2022 in Las Vegas, along with other electric vehicles (EVs) such as the Chrysler Airflow Concept and the Sony Vision S-02.
However, there is another new BMW iX that will actually reach dealers soon, and that’s the high-performance iX M60. While it may not have the color-shifting capabilities of this iX Flow, at least it has up to 610 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. It probably won’t divert your attention away from its grille, but at least you’ll probably be fast enough for other people not to notice it.