Developers have created the flexible e-paper
Most users of electronic books know that the device’s display is very fragile. Many owners of these devices complain that sometimes the weakest impact on the surface of the table can crack a display. Probably, the problem is exaggerated a bit in the most cases, but it would be nice to get a more reliable screen that will not crack due to the careless use. It is likely that the problem will be solved in the next few months as AUO Company has created a flexible e-paper, which is resistant to accidental falls.
Besides other advantages, the AUO’s flexible e-paper is able to work from the flexible solar panels that were designed specifically for this project. This development is called Unplugged Flexible E-paper. The company has already introduced a real prototype of such flexible e-paper, but the release date of the project and the price of e-paper are not known yet. At least, the Unplugged Flexible E-paper is no longer just an idea that exists in the form of a computer model, technically it is all achievable, and as we can see that is implemented.
In addition to flexibility, this e-paper has some other qualities. For example, the image refreshing is updated with a frequency of 50 Hz, which is quite well in comparison with the usual electronic paper. The resolution is 800 x 600 pixels. The thickness of the display is one-tenth of a millimeter, so we can assume that devices based on Unplugged Flexible E-paper will be extremely slim and truly mobile.
The thickness of the electronic paper is slightly increased by the addition of solar panels, which are attached to the back of the display. The thickness of these panels is about 0.3 millimeters. The total weight of the display with solar panels (diagonal - 6 inches) is 10 grams. As far as we can see, the e-paper has only solid advantages, and it does not have any disadvantages. However, it may have some pitfalls. We would like to believe that the cost of Unplugged Flexible E-paper will not be too high.
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