Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Flexible Screen Entrance

HP and the Flexible Display Center (FDC) at Arizona State University have teamed up to demonstrate a plastic a new reading display using self-aligned imprint lithography (SAIL) technology invented in HP Labs.

Flexible displays are paper-like computer displays made almost entirely of plastic. This technology enables displays to become easily portable and consumes less power than today’s computer displays and also 90% less materials by volume. The first practical demonstration of the new flexible display involved FDC, HP others including DuPont Teijin Films and E Ink. Flexible displays could create a new generation of portable devices, such as e-readers.

The FDC is a US government–industry–academia partnership advancing full-color flexible display technology.

The question is where the technology now gets taken up and how long it takes to make its commercial entrance.

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