We have been hearing about flexible, malleable e-papers but this may just be the first that we have been able to set our sights on. LG has unveiled a plastic e-paper than can be bent at an angle of up to 40 degrees and has a fairly good resolution of 1024 x 768. It comes with the added benefit of being thinner, and a lot more lighter, than other e-books on the market.
While it is definitely a first of its kind, it is a lot more convenient, light and easy to carry. The plastic e-reader is a mere 0.7 mm thick and weighs just 14 grams! That’s something you can easily tuck into your pocket and walk around (if LG could work on getting than 40-degrees limit relaxed further in future). Moreover, while with glass displays, something this light and thin would be very hard to keep durable, LG claims that this plastic e-reader is highly durable. And this has been demonstrated by the company through a number of drop tests.
According to the Head of Operations for LG Display’s Mobile/OLED Division, ‘With the world’s first plastic EPD, LG Display has once again proven its reputation for leadership and innovation with a product we believe will help greatly popularize the E-Book market. Based on our success in mass-producing plastic EPD, we are excited as we look toward applying concepts from this experience to future developments like plastic OLED and flexible displays.’
We have to give LG that it really has us thrilled with the announcement. And we are really looking forward to the expected availability of the product to Europe by the beginning of next month.