Epson developing electronic paper

Seiko Epson is developing flexible display technologies it wants can result in the commercialization of electronic paper prior to the finish from the decade, and then TVs that may be taken off walls, a business researcher stated a week ago.

The organization is developing “e-paper” that may be folded up and folded like a substitute for paper-based newspapers or magazines, stated Tatsuya Shimoda, fellow and director of Epson’s technology platform research center. The electronic paper is anticipated to be the marketplace in 5 years, he stated.

The e-paper sheets is going to be shows installed on flexible plastic backings and will also be .2 millimeters thick. The organization really wants to get the technology to the stage where an A4 (297 millimeters x 210 millimeters) sized sheet, for instance, would serve you for a month to many several weeks before deterioration managed to get inoperable.

This type of sheet would cost well under $100, Shimoda stated in on December 1 throughout a presentation in the company’s Fujimi plant in Nagano prefecture, Japan.

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Slotted into the rear of your personal computer, customers could download presentations in to the e-paper sheets, that could then be passed out in conferences. The sheets might be combined into folders and browse like books if visitors wanted, he stated. Customers would have the ability to download a page’s price of information within another, he stated.

Downloads might be made using wireless and wired technologies, for instance via cell phones.

“This e-paper can be really light and incredibly readable and incredibly thin, and our image would be to have whole newspapers downloaded digitally,” Shimoda stated.

The organization thinks that e-paper, in Japan a minimum of, perform out under the same price of purchasing daily newspapers and many glossy magazines every month. In Japan, daily newspapers typically cost between a dollar and $1.20 each, and, for instance, fashion monthlies may cost $10 each.

The e-paper is going to be foldable. However the more it’s folded, the faster it’ll degrade, Shimoda stated.

E-paper development uses several technologies based the business’s capability to print organic thin-film transistors onto flexible substrates. The organization has developed some shows which are several inches across and effectively put these on flexible plastic sheets. Other programs, for instance, are electronic tags that may be copied and pasted on and taken off bottles.

Brought TV a-peel

The organization also thinks it will make giant TV sections which are light and versatile enough to become peeled on / off walls. These sections could combine active matrix OLED (Organic Light Giving off Diode) technology with thin film transistor technology and would be also sitting down on plastic, Shimoda stated.

Such screens could cover whole walls and be utilized for scenery, he stated.

The organization continues to be vague on when peelable TV sections might be realized but Shimoda includes a date in your mind.

“I am 50, so I must get the technology before I retire,” he stated.