Liquavista, a screen tech company Amazon acquired five years ago, has shut down.
News of Liquavista’s closure was first reported by Nate Hoffelder’s The Digital Reader site and confirmed by the company. Rumblings of Liquavista’s potential closure have been bouncing around the e-reader community for more than six months.
It remains unclear if Liquavista’s work has been brought inside Amazon and moved to other parts of the organization, or if it was shut down entirely. Amazon declined to release further details.
Liquavista specialized in “electrowetting” technology that promised an alternative to existing E Ink screens, with the ability to play video and other media while still ensuring long battery life. At the time of the acquisition, GeekWire wrote that for Amazon, the deal creates “a potential path to giving its Kindle e-readers a color screen, moving beyond its existing black-and-white displays.”
Liquavista spun out of Philips in 2006 with a headquarters in the Netherlands. Samsung acquired the company in 2011 before selling it to Amazon in 2013.