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LG to Produce Flexible Electronic Newspapers This Year

by , 08/27/10
filed under: Green Products

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In January, Inhabitat reported that LG was planning a flexible electronic newspaper that would cut down on the tremendous amounts of paper used to produce daily newspapers. Today, it was announced that the e-newspaper, which has a 19-inch flexible display, is expected to be put into production by the end of this year. The ‘bendy e-reader’ will look and feel just like a newspaper page, but will be able to update itself with the latest news and even issues of your favorite magazines.

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LG’s new flexible e-ink display can be rolled up and put in your pocket or satchel, and it is hoped that the e-reader will reduce the vast amounts of paper and water used daily to produce newspapers. LG’s new technology allows the e-reader to be bent and then return to its original shape.

In addition to this next generation e-reader, LG is also working on increasing the production of their 9.7-inch IPS LCD screens, which are used in Apple’s iPad. The 9.7 inch color screen is also used in Amazon’s Kindle DX e-reader. With e-readers and iPads becoming more and more popular, LG are ramping up production to meet increasing demand.

However, while e-readers may cut down on paper usage in the short term, there are concerns about the level of energy needed to power them. Devices such as colored e-paper could potentially be much more expensive than getting a daily newspaper and consume far more energy — especially if the battery is inefficient. However, the Kindle has shown that long battery life can be achieved, and if LG’s flexible e-paper does not require back-lights like traditional LCD screens it could be highly energy-efficient.

For this writer, there is a definite advantage to having a device such as this, especially in the age of 24/7 news — printed newspapers run the risk of being out of date the moment you pick one up. Devices like the iPad and the iPhone have made 24/7 news a reality for many, but LG’s new device trumps both e-readers in terms of convenience. A roll-up e-reader would definitely have its advantages — it just depends whether its battery life and efficiency justifies its cost.

Via PC World and Engadget

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3 Comments

  1. Stanford Researchers Un... September 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    [...] batteries developed by Stanford materials scientists. The bendable batteries could power electronic newspapers and support other developments in “paper” electronics, and they could even provide [...]

  2. mattyu August 30, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Hm, i know they’re trying to mimic a physical newspaper, but the size seems awkward. A tabloid size might be more practical.

  3. jeanX August 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    But, what does it add to cellphone, capable of carrying the internet?

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