April 3, 2012

LG to release flexible eInk display


Hot on the heels of the release of papyrus in third millennia Egypt, South Korean multinational LG Corporation has announced their intention to release a flexible display screen with eInk capability.

The Tecca blog has more on the mass production and specs of the 6″ flexible screen:

At 0.7mm, the flexible e-paper screen is thinner than current glass screens. The 1024 x 768 display weighs half of current display technology, tipping the scales at just 14g. The screen is also incredibly durable. It was able to survive numerous drops from a height of 1.5 meters, and stood up to being hit with a small urethane hammer.

The screens are currently being manufactured and sent to China. They’ll be made available to device manufacturers, and should start appearing in devices in Europe as early as next month.

Putting aside any jokes about binding multiple screens together, the invention is yet intriguing. A slightly more expansive write-up for FoxNews.com summed the invention up thus:

Bendable screens have been a dream of the electronics industry since they were merely a twinkle in George Jetson‘s eye. LCD manufacturing giant LG and others have been pursuing such display technology for years. And on Thursday, March 29, LG Displays said the world’s first roll-up screen — something it calls an electronic paper display, or EPD — would be released to gadget makers in Europe next month.

“With the world’s first plastic EPD, LG Display has once again proven its reputation for leadership and innovation with a product we believe will help greatly popularize the E-Book market,” said Mr. Sang Duck Yeo, head of operations for LG Display’s Mobile/OLED division.

The article then went on to caution that the gray scale may yet be limited, and that the screen would not be color or touchscreen. Still, it’s an interesting addition to the burgeoning eReader market. Flexible eInk displays have been long proposed, even demonstrated at conventions and expos, but this will be the first time one has been mass produced and offered for sale.

Paul Oliver is the marketing manager of Melville House. Previously he was co-owner of Wolfgang Books in Philadelphia.