BMW’s new iX Flow concept car changes colors


On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, during the CES Technology Show in Las Vegas, people watched BMW’s iX Flow prototype at the BMW booth. iX Flow is a system that replaces ordinary car paint with E Ink technology, allowing cars to change color and design.

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BMW I don’t want future buyers to worry about what color their next car will be or what movie will be shown in the theater.

The German automaker unveiled a new concept car called iX Flow at the CES technical conference this week, with an “E Ink” that can change colors.It also showed a new car 31-inch “BMW Theater Screen” with Amazon Fire TV is expected to be used in future production cars.


A specially developed body wrap that makes fluid color changes possible is similar to the material used in Amazon’s Kindle e-reader and is tailored to the outline of an all-electric car. According to BMW, when stimulated by electrical signals, electrophoresis technology brings different colors of paint to the surface to make the skin of the body appear the desired color.

BMW iX Flow adopts E Ink

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Stella Clarke, BMW iX Flow’s E Ink project leader, said the color changes are “a bit crazy”, but they can also provide “some useful use cases.” She said it provides better self-expression, can display information such as charging status, and if you can’t find it in a crowded parking lot, it will blink.

“We saw a lot of reasonable use cases behind it,” she said at a media conference.

The actual vehicle is BMW’s new iX electric SUV, but the color changing technology will not be ready in the showroom anytime soon. Clark said that the color-changing technology has not yet been put into production, but there may be “a way” in the future.


Automakers often use concept cars to measure customer interest or Show potential technology Or the future direction of the vehicle or brand.

BMW iX Flow with E Ink can only change the color through white, gray and black scales, but the official said that the technology can theoretically provide other colors.

The “BMW Cinema Screen” is a 31-inch panoramic display in 32:9 format with smart TV functions and a resolution of up to 8K.

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BMW officials said that the “BMW Theater Screen” is closer to production. It includes a 31-inch panoramic display in 32:9 format, with smart TV functions and a resolution of up to 8K. The screen descends from the roof of the vehicle to the rear display.

“We develop an immersive digital experience for pure driving pleasure. In theater mode, the interior rear becomes a private theater lounge,” said Frank Weber, a member of the management board of BMW, in a statement. “With a 31-inch display, 5G connection, 8K resolution, surround sound and personal streaming media programs, it creates an unprecedented experience and sets a new standard for in-car entertainment.”

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