Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Future of E-Readers and Tablets is E-Paper

UC research is bringing closer the e-sheet, shown here in a photo illustration, e-Devices will one day be as thin and as rollable as a rubber mat.
The screens on today's e-devices are made of glass.  But what if you had a device like an IPad with a plastic screen that you could roll up or fold.  A breakthrough in electrofluidic imaging at the University of Cincinnati may make e-paper a reality soon.
In 10 to 20 years, consumers will see foldable/rollable e-Devices with magazine-quality color, viewable in bright sunlight but requiring low power, as shown in this photo illustration.  UC research is bringing these devices closer.
      A paper thin plastic film coated with a thin layer of electronics uses fluid mechanics to transport colored ink and clear fluids for the screen.  The e-paper uses ambient light and little power to operate.  The first devices will be monochrome with color to come within 10 to 20 years.
See the complete article at e! science news.


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