LG publishes bendy 19in e-newspaper
Rollable e-book reader
LG has developed an e-journal reader that not only measures a whopping 19in but is also flexible.
LG's 19in bendy e-reader: a world's first
The company said its device is the world’s largest e-book reader to date and that it has been designed to make users feel as though they are holding a real newspaper – tabloid, presumably.
By ditching the glass screen usually found on e-book readers, such as Amazon’s Kindle International Edition – reviewed here — LG said it was able to create a flexible - but not foldable — display that still maintains “excellent display characteristics”.
LG's screen (far right) can't be folded like a newspaper
Since the screen comes from LG's Display division, it's not a product in its own right.
The 19in e-reader’s screen sounds very similar to the one found inside the recently launched Skiff Reader, which also features a screen developed by LG.
Skiff has a rigid metal body that prevents its screen from flexing, so it sounds as though LG simply removed Skiff’s case and increased the screen’s dimensions.
The global revenue from e-book readers is forecast to reach $9.6bn (£5.8bn) by 2018, according to market watcher DisplaySearch, up from $431m (£264m) in 2009. ®
You do have to say....
eBook readers might suck and be mostly useless, but they do appear to have spurred a lot of really nifty display R&D.
What would be REALLY REALLY cool would be if they could hook 'em up to GPS. Can you imagine a map-sized map that actually is a zoomable/pannable GPS display? Even black & white would still be tons better than the tiny little squint-tins we have now.
whats the point?
I can really see no use for such a device. Give me a smaller screen, if not foldable, at least rollable, and I will be happy with it.
Black on grey
Black on grey sucks. Where is my black on white? Also where does the battery, memory and other circuitry go? It does not look that flexible to me neither. If you bend it in half will it leave a crease or break?
Finally, an e-reader that I'd actually consider buying appears to be approaching.
Honestly, I'd love something like this if I could get my daily newspaper delivered to it over the air, as well as open some other document formats, and it didn't cost the earth.
I don't have pockets big enough for a regular e-reader, especially not one big enough for comfortably reading a newspaper on. One that can be rolled however, is a totally different story!
Unfortunately, I'd be very surprised if this thing is released with a reasonable price tag. Shame really.
I like the screen
but can I have one that I can bluetooth to my current PC/Phone please.