Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Fujitsu Debuts Bendable Electronic Paper

CowboyNeal posted more than 9 years ago | from the hot-sheet dept.

Displays 304

An anonymous reader writes "Fujitsu today announced their joint development of the world's first film substrate-based bendable color electronic paper with an image memory function. The new electronic paper features vivid color images that are unaffected even when the screen is bent, and features an image memory function that enables continuous display of the same image without the need for electricity. The thin and flexible electronic paper uses very low power to change screen images, thereby making it ideal for displaying information or advertisements in public areas as a type of new electronic media that can be handled as easily as paper. The jointly developed electronic paper will be showcased at Fujitsu Forum 2005, to be held July 14 and 15 at Tokyo International Forum."

cancel ×

304 comments

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

The First Display (-1, Redundant)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070667)

They need to get it to display: First Post!

Re:The First Display (4, Funny)

Kinky Bass Junk (880011) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070683)

They need to get it to display: First Post!

I was thinking a "Hello World!" was in order.

Re:The First Display (1)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070874)

touché

Isn't this old. (0, Redundant)

Jeet81 (613099) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070670)

I remember reading a story ("news") like this couple months ago.

that's great but... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070671)

the first one of you that says "minority report" gets a punch in the mouth. you can't have anything new anymore without some schmuck saying "omg minority report!" bleh.

Re:that's great but... (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070869)

omg! minority report!

Amazing! (4, Funny)

hapoo (607664) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070672)

I thought it couldn't be done, but they've managed to create digital paper... TWICE, in a matter of days. What an age we live in.

Paperless office? (4, Interesting)

line-bundle (235965) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070674)

So maybe the paperless office will appear before the paperless toilet?

Re:Paperless office? (5, Funny)

crazyaxemaniac (219708) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070688)

You mean you don't know how to use the three seashells?

Pshaw! (1)

Irashtar (836973) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070885)

Seashells my arse! We used pinecones, and we were happy!

Re:Paperless office? (4, Funny)

Shaper_pmp (825142) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070920)

Hmmm.

Thanks a lot you shit-brained, fuck-faced, ball breaking, duck fucking pain in the ass. ...

See you in a minute.

Re:Paperless office? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070712)

Do they not use paperless toilet's in Europe?

Re:Paperless office? (4, Funny)

ari_j (90255) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070731)

Do they not use paperless toilets in Europe?

You misspelled Montana.

Re:Paperless office? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070795)

OMFG U R SO TEH FUNNY!

Re:Paperless office? (1)

JollyFinn (267972) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070841)

>>Do they not use paperless toilets in Europe?

>You misspelled Montana.

I'm from europe and I haven't seen a paperless toilet...

Unless you count a time in military where people where asked to dig a pit for the shit, and use the leaves.

So you are absolutely correct he made a spelling mistake. Or is from the military.

Re:Paperless office? (1)

stoph ct (899877) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070767)

Yes, although I believe it's much more common in Japan. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Paperless office? (1)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070778)

If your toilet is made out of paper, you got problems buddy.

Two words: Paper Cut

Re:Paperless office? (5, Interesting)

Andrew Tanenbaum (896883) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070814)

India has had the paperless toilet for a long time, and it's cleaner too. They use a kettle like device called the bodna.

Ad's on Toilet Paper???? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070689)

If Microsoft start buying add space on toliet rolls, at least I have the option of wiping my arse with it.....

Re:Ad's on Toilet Paper???? (0, Offtopic)

Elbereth (58257) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070858)

Whenever you use an apostrophe, add the word "ass" after it. If it makes sense, you have properly used an apostrophe. If it does not make sense, you have incorrectly used an apostrophe.

Ad's ass on Toilet Paper????
Nope. Doesn't make sense. You have incorrectly used an apostrophe.

Re:Ad's on Toilet Paper???? (1)

tzot (834456) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070915)

Your rule breaks for "its" and "it's". Otherwise, it's (ass?) quite handy.

Re:Ad's on Toilet Paper???? (1)

SimilarityEngine (892055) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070939)

My mate Ad says it makes perfect sense.

Re:Ad's on Toilet Paper???? (1)

Tekgno (321071) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070951)

Apostrophes are also used to indicate contractions.


Isn't ass?

That makes no sense either.


The GP was correct where Ad's is being used in place of advertisements.

Help...(useful) ideas needed. (5, Insightful)

Horus1664 (692411) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070691)

This looks great but can some people please think of better applications than advertising...

Surely Fujitsu have more exotic plans for this technology than curved posters ?

Re:Help...(useful) ideas needed. (1)

hilaryduff (894727) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070726)

read the article! ;) re the advertising, i can see it being a good money maker - and very very bad news for those guys who stick up posters.

Re:Help...(useful) ideas needed. (1)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070887)

I think it'd be awesome for art in the home. When company comes over: fine art, when I'm just chillin: movie posters, pictures of the family, whatever. I love this idea for in home. But what will the cost be like?

Re:Help...(useful) ideas needed. (3, Insightful)

aarku (151823) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070753)

Pornography, of course. What else drives the innovation of media more?

Re:Help...(useful) ideas needed. (3, Insightful)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070776)

Take those expressway billboards and put up Amber Alerts on them. Instead of the dot matrix text message we have on highway overpass displays, we can do full color pictures with the child's stats. The technology allows us to easily change and remove the image when the child is found (via Wi-Fi or cellular connection to Police headquarters).

Paper planes... (1)

veldstra (107520) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070790)

Would it survive folding sharply?

Re:Help...(useful) ideas needed. (2, Insightful)

jericho4.0 (565125) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070793)

That really cool, but not real yet, OLED keyboard thingy [slashdot.org] .

Re:Help...(useful) ideas needed. (1)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070796)

The problem with making these a poster would be the fact that someone slashes part of it, and depending on how well they designed it, a large section needs to the replaced.

Re:Help...(useful) ideas needed. (1)

DinX (889750) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070922)

Pr0n magazines ofcourse !

Re:Help...(useful) ideas needed. (1)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070932)

I'm thinking wallpaper...

cartridges (2, Insightful)

Rickler (894262) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070696)

Yay, no more dealing with expensive printer cartridges!

Re:cartridges (1)

cory_p82 (751921) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070742)

Right... just way more expensive paper.

Re:cartridges (1)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070942)

Since this circumvents print cartridges and is a threat to the printer's business model, have they got enough to sue for loss of business? Its a tenuous link but hey, it works for the music industry!

Constitution (5, Funny)

ari_j (90255) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070697)

Paper that changes what's written on it to suit what the reader wants? We've had that for over 200 years in the US. We call it the Constitution.

This must just be news because it's color.

(This satire brought to you by Daniels, Walker, and Beam, LLP.)

Re:Constitution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070756)

Gotta post as AC for fear of mods, but...

As far I as I know, we've had color on the Supreme Court for awhile now. *ducks*

Re:Constitution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070911)

Well... YOU copied it from the French...

Electronic Paper and EPIC (2, Insightful)

tfoudray (584376) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070698)

am I the first one to think of this?

EPIC 2014 [robinsloan.com]

Re:Electronic Paper and EPIC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070730)

tfoudray writes:
am I the first one to think of this?
No. Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson got there first.

Re:Electronic Paper and EPIC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070928)

You had me untill Googlezon?!
Somehow I don't see it.

Screenshot (4, Informative)

sinner0423 (687266) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070700)

http://www.fujitsu.com/img/PR/2005/20050713-01.jpg [fujitsu.com]

At 2:19am, I just want to look at pictures.

Re:Screenshot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070896)

Wow, you can post the URL of a picture in TFA.

Slow Down Cowboy!
Slashdot requires you to wait between each successful posting of a comment to allow everyone a fair chance at posting a comment.

It's been 7 minutes since you last successfully posted a comment

Chances are, you're behind a firewall or proxy, or clicked the Back button to accidentally reuse a form. Please try again. If the problem persists, and all other options have been tried, contact the site administrator [mailto] .

This is my second post of the day, by the way.

Earth Final Conflict. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070701)

Remember the Phones they had in that series, this would be a step in that direction?

My first thought... (2, Insightful)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070702)

This will bring new meaning to a funny image I saw that had the hand-written message "I kant tipe so i rite on the screen wit a krayon"

Seriously though, I've seen enough professors accidentally write on a projector screen (instead of the whiteboard behind it) and leave a relatively permanent mark. I can only imagine how many people will accidentally jot down a quick note to later realize they just ruined a VERY expensive piece of paper...

Re:My first thought... (2, Funny)

ari_j (90255) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070743)

There was a professor in our CS department, from whom I fortunately never took a class. Besides being both incompetent and insane, she was downright stupid about markers. She would start circling something on the white board while she lectured, and just keep circling it over and over again. There is still a mark on the white board from the time she used a permanent marker instead of dry-erase for that purpose.

Of course, a friend of mine once showed up for her class, and he was the only one there. She lectured anyhow. I told him that he should have excused himself to use the restroom for about 10 minutes, to see if she continued lecturing, paused the lecture and waited for his return, or just left. We may never know.

Re:My first thought... (1)

Volvogga (867092) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070779)

If it already doesn't do it by design, maybe Fujitsu should build in a static discharge to the 'paper' (Is that what we are really going to call it? Better name needed...) like monitors and televisions. That way you get that "static-y" feeling when you put your hand down on it, preventing you from writing on it by mistake. Besides, you probably shouldn't touch anything but the edges anyway.

Re:My first thought... (1)

Feanturi (99866) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070892)

I can only imagine how many people will accidentally jot down a quick note to later realize they just ruined a VERY expensive piece of paper...

Then design the surface to be usable with dry-erase markers and double its effectiveness as a presentation mechanism.

It would appear... (1)

mtrisk (770081) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070707)

that "Red Planet" wasn't so far off after all.

Ouch (5, Funny)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070710)

If this paper is able to give the user a papercut, I'd say this definitely classifies as bleeding-edge technology.

Where are the e-ink products, damnit? (1)

Hanno (11981) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070713)

I would love to have an e-ink display for my computer, so that I could use it to read long texts. Even if e-ink is not fast enough for GUI stuff (I guess), it might make a good secondary display on the desktop.

Where are the end-user products? The only thing I've heard of so far is the mystical ebook-reader from Sony, available in Japan only.

Re:Where are the e-ink products, damnit? (4, Informative)

JanneM (7445) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070819)

The only thing I've heard of so far is the mystical ebook-reader from Sony, available in Japan only.

Nothing mystical about it. I've played with one, and it's neat. The screen is wonderful. In a store it looks really good but a little washed out, since the white isn't really white and the black isn't tuly black. When you bring it out into daylight, it's amazing. Where a normal screen would be hard to read, this one just gets better instead. It really has the general feel of reading on paper, not on a screen.

Unfortunately the drawbacks are numerous as well. First, the unavoidable one: the update frequency is sedentary at best. I mean, you really wait slightly for the screen to change when you flip the "page". Not a problem for a text reader to be sure, but forget anything about animations or a normal GUI. And unfortunately, Sony's implementation of the device is screaming-defiance-at-an-uncaring-world frustrating. The case, buttons and so on feel cheap and unreliable, and the whole thing is DRM:ed to h*ll and back. Forget about easily moving your own texts to it - no, you're supposed to rent books. And the memory is paltry; about 10Mb if I remember correctly.

It's an absolutely great reader, that I will never in a million years actually buy since the execution just isn't there. If it was slightly smaller, DRM free, could display all normal formats (html, Unicode text and PDF at the least), USB2 connection, had good amount of memory and/or an CF card slot, and preferably could also work as an mp3 player and radio (there's a definite limit on the amount of gadgets I'm willing to carry) I'd get one today.

Re:Where are the e-ink products, damnit? (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070925)

Ahh, there in lies the difference between neat technology available in the lab and actual mass production. If it were infinitely cheap to make e-ink displays we'd be printing on them right now, even if all it ment was that we could delete the page and print on it a second time.

Real World Applications (2, Interesting)

iignotus (877104) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070715)

I wonder if this technology will ever be realized as a whole new way to distribute information. It can potentially cut down on the cost of paper and ink, not to mention reduce the amount of trees being cut down for paper. I hope this idea gets heavily pursued by anyone who has the knowhow to further it.

Re:Real World Applications (1, Insightful)

timothykaine (821252) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070808)

Think again. Sure, we cut down fewer trees since its paperless. But lets not forget the oil needed for the plastics and the mining needed for the metals and all the hazardous waste chemicals that result from the several processes required to manufacture this. Trees grow back faster than mountains and middle eastern nations.

Re:Real World Applications (1)

Max Romantschuk (132276) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070852)

Electronic paper has been a subject of research for more than a decade. Reflective displays are much better for reading than emitting displays.

Despite all efforts we're still waiting for the real products, at least ones we could use at home.

Bendable Paper (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070716)

The current paper features vivid color images that are unaffected even when the paper is bent, and features a multi image function that enables continuous display of different images using multiple pages of papers without the need for electricity. The thin and flexible paper uses no power to change images, thereby making it ideal for displaying information or advertisements in public areas as a type of new electronic-less media that can be handled as easily as paper.

nifty (5, Insightful)

utexaspunk (527541) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070720)

it looks like it needs a little work in the area of color and resolution, but that's sure to come.

One thing that I think will really benefit from these reflective display technologies is classrooms and conference rooms. What I would really like to see would be a chalkboard-sized reflective display with a digitizer pen. Without dimming the lights like one would have to do with a projector (and thus lulling students to sleep), a teacher could write directly on it as well as have problems already in the computer to put up on it quickly. How much time in math classes is spent writing out problems? Word problems from all these standardized tests could be quickly thrown up on the board and the teacher could directly model how to solve them. It could really increase a teacher's efficacy as well as make their life a lot easier.

Later on, similar technologies could be built into desks (or the students could have tablets) so that the student can solve them at their desks and then the teacher could push a button and display the students' work on the board.

Re:nifty (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070908)

I don't know about where you are, but in the small elementary/primary school where I work we already have this - it's called an Interactive Whiteboard. If you have a projector over 1200 ANSI lumens anyway you don't need to fade the lights. The room we work with ours in has bright sunlight all day and the fluorescent lights on all day. You just have to make sure that the sun doesn't reflect directly off it into the children's eyes... :-)

You can also get Bluetooth or WiFi tablets that work with them to either send or receive the image.

AC.

Cleaning? (3, Funny)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070721)

How easy is it to clean these things? I mean, if the porn industry really provides the push for new technology, they gotta be extra easy to clean.

OY! (4, Funny)

nsample (261457) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070727)

Sweet jesus! Now I'm going to need tiny hydrogen-based fuel cells to power my beowulf cluster of electronic papers. I think I shall call such a collection a "notepad."

Re:OY! (1)

cory_p82 (751921) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070782)

I hereby dub each page of your cluster a "txt file".

Re:OY! (1)

Black Handle (836084) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070880)

And I decree that each byte of your txt file shall be a bit of you notepad!

I'll pay $200.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070729)

..for a two sheet 8 1/2" version in "hardbook" binding with the ability to read PDF's off of compactflash or sd or memory stick.

I have way too many e-books and a laptop screen just doesn't cut it.

-

Transparent? (1)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070734)

Anyone know if the pixels can be turned off so as to be transparent? If so, you could stack a bunch of these and have a very nice 3D display. Of course, if it's only slightly transparent, it'll probably be opaque after 4 or 5 layers.

Re:Transparent? (1)

iignotus (877104) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070748)

I think if the pixels were turned off there would be no image at all... I'm not sure how this could result in a 3D display.

Re:Transparent? (1)

Infinityis (807294) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070770)

Because pixels on different layers can be turned on and off...if a pixel 10 layers back is on but none of the ones in front of it are on, then it will have more depth than one turned on in the first layer. I am assuming the "sheets" have thickness, and if not, they can be spaced apart.

Re:Transparent? (1)

syntaxglitch (889367) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070824)

I rather suspect this stuff isn't transparent. From what I know of digital ink technologies, the basic idea is that you have little tubules with ink drops; small electrical impulses can make the ink either move to the visible surface (on) or away to the back surface (off). The ink sticks in the same spot on its own, which is why these require no power to maintain an image. It should be obvious why such a system would not have transparency in a layer....

Of course, this particular version could use some other method; if so, disregard this.

Well, that's neat... (1)

Greg_D (138979) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070735)

Let's see...

Large piece of this electronic "paper," say, a size of a placemat, plus a paperclip-like rechargable storage device that can clip onto the paper that can receive its nightly feed via a USB dock and an internet connection... paperless newspaper anyone? Sure, it would annoy the housewives who are used to getting their ads with the Sunday edition (and this might be the biggest argument against such a system), but it'd save tons of money in publishing costs, not to mention all the trees that get processed just for the morning paper.

Re:Well, that's neat... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070763)

usually newpapers use recycled paper....right?

Re:Well, that's neat... (1)

ScuxxletButt (758085) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070894)

Yes, Newspapers do use recycled paper, but imagine the money the industry would save on ink, presses, personel to run them, etc. Just down load a PDF, and you could make the cupons electronic, so that you just swipe a card that the publisher gives you and you get the savings right there at the store without having to cut a damn thing.

Re:Well, that's neat... (1)

jacksonj04 (800021) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070934)

PocketPC and AvantGo. Works a treat.

Just what I need (1)

imboboage0 (876812) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070747)

I've always wanted homework that changed so I got all the answers wrong..... (note: I was kidding. I know it isn't feasible to use this for homework paper. The dog that eats it would have one helluva stomach ache.)

In Soviet Future... (-1, Offtopic)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070750)

your electronic papers show YOU!

Re:In Soviet Future... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070856)

OMFG U R SO TEH FUNNY!

It's interesting... (1)

Parham (892904) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070755)

It's interesting work. It's a lot like this [engadget.com] but the memory feature described in the article makes it very unique. I can't wait for the day I can plug my own personal electronic newspaper into some public outlet to get the newspaper. Better yet, getting this in schools will save a lot of children from back pains [about.com] .

Re:It's interesting... (1)

syntaxglitch (889367) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070842)

Actually, from what I understand about digital ink research the memory feature is not particularly unique (despite the tone of the article), it's a (useful) result of the approach used--the remarkable thing is the flexibility and the color.

Pr0n posters!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070757)

Now I may buy a full-size playmate poster that will change everymonth!!! Or everytime they undergo surgery all posters around the wolrd will change to reflect the increased volume of their... errr.. well, you know.

Cool!!!

Good, now add a touch screen on top of it (1)

ag0ny (59629) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070760)

I prefer printed documents because I can take quick notes, underline parts, highlight interesting/important sentences, etc. I can't study on a PDF displayed on the computer because I can't do all these things.

Now, if I had one or two A4-sized electronic paper sheets, with a touch screen on top so I can make annotations with my stylus, then I would be able to stop using dead trees for studying...

Re:Good, now add a touch screen on top of it (4, Informative)

-Harlequin- (169395) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070889)

Now, if I had one or two A4-sized electronic paper sheets, with a touch screen on top so I can make annotations with my stylus, then I would be able to stop using dead trees for studying...

They already exist. They're called Tablet-PCs. I'm writing this with a stylus now on an A4-sized screen :-). I really bought mine for art, and I normally just use the keyboard, but I can scribble all over documents if I want to, and I don't have to use the fingerpad or carry a mouse :)

(Actually, while I've found that tablet-PCs are way better than normal laptops, they're still not up there with a good pencil and sheet of paper for many tasks. The dead trees will be with us for some time :-)

all of the same characteristics (1)

rhade (709207) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070769)

can you write on it?

shIt! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070787)

and 3asy - only approximately 90%

Notebook screens? (1)

mcrbids (148650) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070788)

Imagine what something like this could do for laptop screens? Unless you're playing an FPS, a computer screen is fairly static - so updating the screen and then 0 power consumption until you do something... man oh man!

What's the refresh rate like? Can it be backlit? Having a laptop you can read in the sun might be quite nice...

Re:Notebook screens? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070816)

What's the refresh rate like?

0 Hz.

Re:Notebook screens? (1)

syntaxglitch (889367) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070863)

I assume by "refresh rate" you mean how quickly the display can be changed, since the whole "no energy required to maintain image" thing obviously implies there's no regular refresh required as there is with a standard monitor. The article didn't seem to say how quickly it can be changed, but I suspect it's really not optimized for that.

As for being backlit, I'd suspect not, simply because one of the major goals for digital ink has been to avoid precisely that--it's actually digital control of pigments, so it doesn't self-illuminate at all. Like normal paper, the display would require external, frontal illumination to be read via reflected light; something most people find more comfortable to read than a backlit, emitted-light display with the faint refresh flicker.

Re:Notebook screens? (1)

eskoperkele (885166) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070904)

Have you tried to read a book (as in dead trees) in the sun recently?

My personal experience tells me that the light shines from the paper in the sun with power of thousand suns or so.

It hurts. I'll stay inside with my so-90's-tft-notebook.

Much better uses (1)

teledyne (325332) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070831)

I believe that this technology can scale much better than cell phones and advertising. Think televisions!

Right now we have heavy CRT projection TVs, very hot plasmas, and very small LCD screens. This electronic paper, made so thin, could reduce the weight of a television so much, it could be mounted to a wall without attaching it on a stud. Energy consumption would be kept at a minimum, while retaining intense color. It would be great for airports that air CNN or any other news station with the news ticker.

Re:Much better uses (1)

Max Romantschuk (132276) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070870)

Reflective displays aren't that suitable for TV, it's much simpler to have a TV which doesn't need a spotlight shining on it to work.

There are possibilities (2, Interesting)

Underholdning (758194) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070846)

There are a lot of applications for a technology that can change what is printed. Check out this keyboard [artlebedev.com] for instance

would this work for customizable clothing? (2, Interesting)

stoph ct (899877) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070850)

what if they started making shirts with this e-paper attached on the front? change your clothes via USB. I'm not sure how durable this stuff is, but if you put it in some sort of protective coating it should be good? hell, I'm sure someone would start an advertising business out of it, "Wear Microsoft ads on your shirt and get paid!"

what about foleds? (2)

Mahou (873114) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070864)

i thought flexible organic LEDs were going to be the great bendable color screens of the future. so is this somehow better than foLED? anyone care to make a quick comparison of pro's and con's?

Hurray! (1)

fullofangst (724732) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070865)

Ahh, makes me proud to be working for Fujitsu despite a) not being involved in this project in any way, b) prolly not going to be involved in anything hi-tech like this anyway.

But hey, go Fujitsu!

About the demo picture... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070867)

The picture used in the demo is a well known Ukiyo-e [wikipedia.org] .

handle like paper (3, Funny)

coopaq (601975) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070888)

new electronic media that can be handled as easily as paper

I bet you can't fold it more than 7 times.

An anonymous reader writes.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070891)

Yeah, gr8ly done.
Would you care to met my PR Department?

Paper TV, Paper display, Paper everywhere (1)

iJavaJoe (891265) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070897)

The last I looked the cost of one of these is intended to be low, after all it has to compete with real paper, talk about cheap. Now if the density of the display is high, the colors can be made accurate and the state change speed is high you could replace every display in the world. A screen that can be rolled up, is as thin as "paper", that can be any size. I'll take my cheap, low power consumption Hi def Palm/portable and can I have a side of Ultra HDTV for my entire wall, Please. There may be some technical hurdles to jump but this could cause a new revolution of products. Right now, how about a keyboard with keys that change to a selected font or the selected function desired. Hey wait, that's patentable, I get these ideas all the time, but I've probably said to much...

I could have used this in high school! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13070900)

Bendy PR0N! W000!!

-----------------
Curious Yellow

Cool with a tablet PC! (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070913)

As an amatuer writer, this can be pretty exciting to finally have the best of paper combined with the best of computers and put together a Tablet PC with decent battery life which isn't available with a conventional LCD screen.

These days I still print out hundreds of pages just to edit my stories - editting is a pain in the ass in the conventional computer just because erasing a line with a mouse while seated upright doesn't give the same satisfaction and oversight as crossing it out with a pen and adding notes in between the margins by writing naturally while in a recliner^_^

An e-book in the hand is worth three on the desk (1)

everlong (804799) | more than 9 years ago | (#13070952)

E-books are great, but without a really readable display they won't be able to gain the acceptance of the curl-up-in-bed books. Can't wait to have one book and that's all--one that stores or downloads the content of thousands.
Load More Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?