LG plans to mass-produce flexible 19-inch E-Paper

Samsung may have completely abandoned the business of E-Paper production. However, that doesn’t mean that E-Paper is necessarily dead. LG has opted to begin producing 19-inch flexible E-Paper.

E-Paper is a thin, flexible sheet of plastic-like material that is capable of displaying images, videos, and text. It can be rewritten (refreshed) thousands of times over the span of its lifetime. There are many different forms of E-Paper that exist currently. They include E-Ink and Gyricon. The E-Ink version is made by Lucent and uses thin, plastic, flexible transistors and Polymer LEDs (light emitting diodes).

There is also a 9.7-inch version in the works. According to Gizmodo via SEC, “LG's going to be "mass producing" the two screens, according to an SEC filing dug up by PC World, and even with Amazon boss Jeff Bezo's comments that a color Kindle is "still some ways out," we all know that it's inevitable.”

This technology could potentially bring us into the era of Harry Potter-like Newspapers with moving images. It could do so because it can create Newspapers that are small and portable -- like standard Newspapers, and it is big enough to remain easy to read for the average user. A great benefit is that it could be more “green” because people could pay for a subscription and be sent a flexible E-Paper one time.

The E-Paper would then be updated daily with the newest version of the Newspaper. It could also allow you to view video stories right from the Newspaper. Gizmodo states that this E-Paper display weighs 130g and is only 0.3mm thick. The light weight, small size, and flexibility would make E-Paper very convenient for those that are constantly on the go.

The only major concerns with this technology are battery life and cost. Although, battery life could be extended if power is only required to update the display and then it gets turned off. Only time will tell if the battery life is truly a problem. Cost would likely be prohibitive initially because of the fact that the technology is newer and hasn’t yet gone main stream.

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E-paper is not new. I have had an E-reader for about 4 years now. It's a great technology. No screen refresh means less eye strain. My reader is an early Irex Iliad which unfortunately has only got about 10 hours battery life but other newer readers I have seen have a lot more than that because they only use the battery to refresh the page unlike mine which uses the battery to run the o/s, wireless etc etc. But a great invention.

I'd buy one!

Would you buy one?
It's very Eco friendly, think of all that paper saved, trees saved!
It's sad tho that if it does go mainstream, lumber jacks so on may go under and people would lose their jobs. But I'm all for it.

This is an interesting technology, but not as interesting as the products it could end up in. I would be curious to see what happens with it, but unless it's reasonably priced I don't see it catching on mainstream...

Is everyone betting lazy? What ever happened to desktop computers and laptops? Why the unnecessary technology?

When will people realize these products are never going to get purchased. Buy an iPad if you want to read from paper thin tech!

mk1990 said,
Is everyone betting lazy? What ever happened to desktop computers and laptops? Why the unnecessary technology?

When will people realize these products are never going to get purchased. Buy an iPad if you want to read from paper thin tech!

An iPad is overkill if we're just talking newspapers. Three selling points of this technology is that it doesn't cause eye strain like a traditional monitor does, power requirements are very low, and in the case of the 19" versions mentioned in the story, it's large.

If this things go mainstream, they will reduce the printing costs and waste paper around the globe, it is much more efficient to have such a device then wasting money and physical space with paper and printing. operations, not only this but you'll get the news when it happened.

If I could just Download my daily paper to a device like that it would be brilliant. Even better if it was automated :-p

jonnyH said,
If I could just Download my daily paper to a device like that it would be brilliant. Even better if it was automated :-p

Kindle already does that, subscribe to a newspaper... e.g. New York Times
http://www.amazon.com/The-New-York-Times/dp/B000GFK7L6
... For your convenience, issues are automatically delivered wirelessly to your Kindle at 5:00 AM on the weekdays and 5:30 AM on weekends New York City local time.

tele-fragd said,
The porn industry probably already has big plans for this tech.

Thought they'd pretty much discarded all physical mediums?

Does anyone remember Microsoft's Office Labs Envisioning videos? Or, have you seen 'em? It's a bunch of concept videos of what the future might be like. In one of the videos they're using those digital papers. So cool if these LG flexible e-papers becomes what Microsoft's concept videos expects or at least hopes to happen

View the video here. It's about 4 minutes in until you see the digital paper being used:
http://www.officelabs.com/proj...revision/Pages/default.aspx

winlonghorn said,
lol, no comment. could be 999,999.99 times!?

So you're telling me I can watch like three full length movies then? Well, that's better, but I'm still not convinced!

LOL

I mean, is there a limitation that have any practical impact, e.g. suppose that when used for a year, it would have reached its end of life. That would be quite a short life time, and we're still talking LOTS of millions of refreshes. So, that makes you wonder when writing "thousands", is it really that crappy?

Edited by 801run, Aug 28 2010, 11:54am :

It is capable of displaying videos and it can be rewritten (refreshed) thousands of times over the span of its lifetime. This means that we might actually be able to watch ten minutes of video at 30fps before reaching end of life? =) Sounds great to me!

801run said,
It is capable of displaying videos and it can be rewritten (refreshed) thousands of times over the span of its lifetime. This means that we might actually be able to watch ten minutes of video at 30fps before reaching end of life? =) Sounds great to me!

These are meant as a replacement for newspapers, and when color versions come out, newspapers. They are not meant to watch videos. They tossed in the "This technology could potentially bring us into the era of Harry Potter-like Newspapers with moving images." saying it COULD POTENTIALLY. As in one day in the future you might be able to watch videos on a device similar to this, but not on THESE devices.