This can help the newspaper industry. Imagine if you just purchased a flexible e-paper and it updated via Wifi with the daily news. I am getting ahead of myself but this is a dope concept. Hit the jump to check out the flexible e-paper.
LG on Thursday unveiled the worldâ€™s first plastic e-paper display, which the company claims will â€œrevolutionize the E-Book market.â€ The 6-inch E Ink display features 1,024 x 768-pixel resolution and can bend at an angle of up to 40 degrees. â€œWith the worldâ€™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,â€ said Mr. Sang Duck Yeo, Head of Operations for LG Displayâ€™s Mobile/OLED division. â€œBased on our success in mass-producing plastic EPD, we are excited as we look toward applying concepts from this experience to future developments like plastic OLED and flexible displays.â€ The display will be supplied to manufacturing companies in China first, and end-user products could launch in Europe as soon as the beginning of next month. Read on for LGâ€™s press release.
LG Display Begins Mass Production of Worldâ€™s First Plastic E-Paper Display
With advancements in functionality and design, Plastic EPD to revolutionize E-Book market
Seoul, Korea (March 29, 2012) â€“ LG Display [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220], a leading manufacturer of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display, announced today that it has started mass production of the worldâ€™s first plastic electronic paper display (EPD) for use in E-Books. The 6â€³ XGA (1024Ã—768), e-ink, plastic EPD is expected to revolutionize the E-Book market with its advancements in functionality and design.
â€œWith the worldâ€™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,â€ said Mr. Sang Duck Yeo, Head of Operations for LG Displayâ€™s Mobile/OLED division. â€œBased on our success in mass-producing plastic EPD, we are excited as we look toward applying concepts from this experience to future developments like plastic OLED and flexible displays.â€
Innovations in Functionality and Design
The worldâ€™s first plastic EPD from LG Display offers users a paper-like reading experience with a plastic substrate that is as slim as cell phone protection film, and a flexible design that allows bending at a range of 40 degrees from the center of the screen. Compared to glass EPD of the same size and resolution, LG Displayâ€™s plastic EPD realizes a super slim thickness of 0.7mm which is 1/3 slimmer than existing glass EPD; as well as a weight of 14g which is more than 1/2 lighter.
E-Book users have long expressed a desire for more durable EPD, since around 10% of them have damaged their product screens from accidentally dropping or hitting them. When LG Displayâ€™s plastic EPD was put through repeated drop tests, from 1.5m above the ground or the average height of reading when standing, no damage resulted. When put through a break/scratch test involving hitting the display with a small urethane hammer, no scratches or breakage resulted.
As EPD gets thinner, lighter, and more durable with the introduction of plastic EPD, E-Books will be able to offer certain unique benefits compared to smart devices and tablets, including reduced eye fatigue and more efficient electricity consumption in addition to lower prices.
A Manufacturing Breakthrough
LG Display developed a unique technique to utilize the high TFT process, typically employed in general LCD manufacturing and with temperatures exceeding 350 degrees, in the production of its plastic EPD. By overcoming the obstacles associated with applying the existing production process to heat susceptible plastic, LG Display achieved a breakthrough with the successful mass production of plastic EPD able to maintain strong durability in high temperatures.
The worldâ€™s first mass-produced plastic EPD from LG Display will first be supplied to ODM companies in China, followed by completed products to be released in Europe at the beginning of next month.