Tiremaker Bridgestone develops flexible e-book reader

Bridgestone, best known for making tires, is working on e-book readers so flexible they'd probably survive being driven over.

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When not making tires, Bridgestone is working on e-book readers so flexible they'd probably survive being driven over. They've even got a prototype ready for testing, but no plans to commercialize the slender and bendy device at this point.

The reader (press release in Japanese) is definitely slender, as it's almost half as thin as a Kindle 2 . It's said that it can be "bent to some extent since the circuit board and the electronic paper are flexible," but no one is saying how much "to some extent" is. No matter. While the lack of too many details about it or any plans for a commercial product put a damper on Bridgestone's device, the good news is that other companies might adapt the technology in their products.

The countdown to being able to toss our readers into bags without worrying about destroyed displays is on.

This story originally appeared on Gizmodo.

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