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Plastic Logic still vague, plans for color e-reader

Plastic Logic, the maker of the much-anticipated, vaguely understood Que e-reader, will finally announce availability, pricing, and design at CES 2010.

Plastic Logic

Plastic Logic, the maker of the much anticipated, vaguely understood Que e-reader, will finally announce availability, pricing, and design at CES 2010.

Although its business division is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., Plastic Logic's technologies were born in Cambridge, England. The research team spent 10 years finding ways to use plastic transistors for the e-reader screen instead of silicon.

Professors at the Cavendish Labs in Cambridge eventually came up with a flexible e-reader, one that can't shatter, unlike the Kindle's and Nook's glass screens.

Manufacturing is commissioned to a company in Dresden, Germany, and for all we know, there may be thousands of Ques waiting to be shipped.

Plastic Logic, which will distribute its e-reader in Barnes & Noble stores, doesn't appear to view the Nook or Kindle as competition. The company is targeting business professionals who may benefit from an e-reader with an interactive platform offering the likes of digital sticky notes, annotations, and drawings.

Next up for Plastic Logic is a full color e-reader, backed by a grant from the British government. Although we have little detail, the e-reader is said to be slated for release in 2011.

Read more details about the Plastic Logic Que on Crave.