LG: big, bendy e-paper screens out by year's end
Impervious to chip fat, vinegar?
LG's display developing subsidiary will begin mass-producing 9.7in colour e-paper panels and 19in monochrome but flexible e-paper screens by the end of the year.
LG showed off its 19in bendy screen back in January this year, pitching the non-volatile display - what it's showing stays there when the power is cut - as the basis for e-newspapers of the future.
If the display is cheap enough, that might work. But can colour e-paper win out against colour LCD? That seems much less certain. Earlier this year, ujio Noguchi, the Deputy President of Sony’s digital reading business, said the technology isn't yet up to the task.
It may be some time before e-paper can present an image as colourfully as LCD can - and be able to handly rapidly refreshing moving images too. Pixel Qi's display can, but it's based on LCD technology rather than e-ink.
That leaves fans eagerly awaiting video-capable colour e-book readers hoping for further news from Fujitsu, which, like Samsung, demo'd such a panel this year. ®
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