LG bending limits of e-book design with flexible displays
Companies have toyed with the idea of flexible displays for years, but LG is finally putting them into production. Are e-book readers about to get a radical makeover?
It appears LG is making good onto e-book readers, as the Korean consumer electronics company revealed that it has started mass production of the "world's first" plastic electronic paper display (EPD).
The screen measures 6 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1,024x768 pixels. It can bend at a range of 40 degrees from the center of the screen, and it's also about one-third thinner and half as light as current glass EPDs, LG says, meaning it'll be even easier to carry than the e-book readers today.
LG also cites durability as a benefit of its plastic EPD. The company ran numerous stress tests on the display, including dropping it from a height of about 5 feet and hitting the screen with a small urethane hammer (how do I get this job?), and saw no damage. Presumably, this means you could toss your reader into your bag sans case without fear of scratching up the display.
The company says we could see products with its plastic EPDs as early as next month in the European market, and though LG is focusing on e-book readers for now, it's looking to incorporate the technology into other products in the future.
Sang Duck Yeo, head of operations for LG Display's Mobile and OLED division said in a release, "Based on our success in mass-producing plastic [EPDs], we are excited as we look toward applying concepts from this experience to future developments like plastic OLED and flexible displays."
Could we finally see electronic newspapers a la "Minority Report"? What do you guys think about bendable displays on your tech gadgets?