Feeds

Plastic Logic shows off bendy 'leccy posters: Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

It's great tech, surely there's a niche for it somewhere

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Still searching for an application for its innovative printed-on-plastic screen technology, Plastic Logic has teamed up with TOPPAN to showcase a 42-inch screen built for posters and displays.

Forty-two inches (just over a metre) might not be the biggest of screens, but the prototype being shown off at RetailTECH Japan is 3mm thick, readable in full sunlight, and only consumes power when being updated. Essentially, it's more of an electronic poster than a video screen and thus should be a better fit for Plastic Logic's technology - which has been struggling to find an application for years.

The screen

It is, of course, several smaller displays stuck together, and still not in colour

Plastic Logic sprung from Silicon Fen (or "Cambridge" as it used to be known) over a decade ago with a technique for printing transistors onto a flexible plastic substrate. The obvious application was flexible screens, utilising e-ink technology, and the company initially raised money on the back of bendy screens, then on the grounds they were more robust (plastic screens bend, not break) and finally by weight (glass is heavy).

Sadly none of those pitches was very compelling and just over a year ago the company was bailed out with $700m in Russian cash which it has been spending to tool up a production run of unremarkable e-readers to Russian schools while it tries to push itself into any other market it can find.

Last month we were back to bendy screens again, then screens on credit cards and now billboards, all of which smacks of a company with a really cool solution desperately looking for a problem that only it can solve. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – A jolly little war for lunchtime
Free-to-play WoW turn-based game when you have 20 minutes to kill
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.