Saturday, January 16, 2010

Unroll the News

Can you imagine sitting on a train unrolling or unfolding your flexible screen and having instant access to whatever newspaper you want and merely rolling it up at the end of the journey?

The technology predictions of many in the past may have now landed today and may make it onto the market in a few years. LG, the Korean electronics giant has been showing off news of its 19” wide display, which is only 0.01” thick s, it's slightly thicker than a piece of paper (about 0.06mm), and weighs in at 4.5 ounces. LG say that the large screen is a prototype and the actual mass produced screen will be 11.5” by the middle of the year.

So we potentially have flexibility in the shape of Skiff, LG and the likes of Sony’s full colour flexible OLED displays. However the screen is only part of the equation and we still need all the ancillary electronics, the power, transistors and circuitry. We still believe that OLED offers more than eInk and with other technology platforms moving towards OLED, eink looks a one trick pony.

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