Sunday, April 1, 2012

A view of the incoming flexible e-paper.

Flexible e-paper
Electronic paper is not new, as already found in electronic books, on mobile devices, some USB drives as well as in many other devices.
Originally manufactured only in black and white in 2007 appeared the earliest examples of color electronic paper.
The advantage of these screens is that let you view text and images much more clearly than a computer screen or cell phone.
No light is produced but it's reflected, and this technique saves much more energy than current displays.
However, only lacked one thing to resemble and improve traditional paper properties: flexibility.

That seems to be ended, especially after the South Korean company LG announced the mass production of flexible electronic paper displays.

A new revolution?
As the papyrus did in ancient Egypt, many people look closely the evolution of a technology that could transform the way of humans transmit knowledge.

It was the company NextPapyrus which not long ago released a video on YouTube showing a flexible electronic paper capable of withstanding the onslaught of a baseball bat.
LG's announcement not only involves the implementation of mass production but the prelude to a new technological scenario without precedent.
According to LG, in April and can be purchased with a screen more durable than any other currently on the market, able to bend at an angle of 40 °.
The material that is made comes from E-ink, the same company that supplied the electronic paper to Amazon for their Kindle.
As explained by LG, this flexible material is purchased in large rolls then cute into pieces 6 inches. The resulting screen has a resolution of 1024x768 that ensures a revolution in the world of E-book.

What they are made.
Electronic paper is usually made up of three layers, one made of polymers, the third with microtransmitters and a protective layer.
The polymer contains millions of floating capsules in a gel that's stimulated electrically move aside to show black, white or color.
In the case of flexible displays, these include plastic substrates and plastic electronics for supporting the material.
However, the disadvantage to the current screen is that e-paper frame rate is usually much slower, so their use is still focusing on the E-Books.
Beyond the E-Book, some researchers have also tested the use of electronic paper flexible cellphone design.
Last year, Canadian scientists presented a prototype PaperPhone (your paper), able to do what any other phone, with the difference being able to fold and put in a pocket

Sadly we still have to wait to assess the impact that such technology will have on our lives

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