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Sony Unveils New Flexible E-Paper So Thin It Can Bend Around a Pencil

Posted By Brit Liggett On May 24, 2011 @ 10:20 am In green technology,News | 1 Comment

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Sony recently unveiled their latest electronic feat at the 49th SID International Symposium, Seminar & Exhibition (SID 2011), a paper thin e-reader [1] — or e-paper — so flexible, it can be bent around a tiny radius of 5 mm. The e-paper is just a proof of concept at the moment and, like some current e-readers, is only in greyscale. Apparently some onlookers at SID 2011 were so excited about this bendy reader that they let out a cheer during a demonstration of how it rolls.

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The Japanese company’s e-paper — which is yet to be named — is about 13 inches long and uses Sony’s electrophoretic front plane laminate. The e-paper has a 150 ppi resolution and seems like more of a reality since Sony last let out a squeak about their paper thin e-readers. The last flexible e-reader was pretty tiny — about four inches wide [2] — and the one before that didn’t even bend correctly [3].

This is an exciting development even if Sony isn’t making any announcements about when, where and how they are going to turn this flexible invention into a ready-to-buy product. The e-readers on the market now are using up a whole lot of rare earth resources to make their clunky frames churn out novels at the rate desired by the public. With these flexible e-readers on the horizon we can look forward to reading in style without killing trees or causing destruction by mining for difficult to find minerals.

Via Engadget [4]

Photos from TechOn [5]


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[1] e-reader: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20110523/191996/

[2] about four inches wide: http://inhabitat.com/sony-unveils-flexible-oled-thinner-than-a-strand-of-human-hair/

[3] bend correctly: http://gizmodo.com/263366/sony-flexi+oled-screen-is-trouble-waiting-to-happen

[4] Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/23/sony-shows-off-folds-up-super-flexible-organic-tft-display/

[5] TechOn: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20110523/191996/"

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