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Flexible E-Paper

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LG flexible electronic newspaper. Photo by LG.


The differences between digital and analog media continue to diminish. The increasing popularity of electronic books and e-readers such as the Kindle and the Nook (not to mention Apple’s own rumored tablet) have given birth to another technological innovation: flexible e-ink displays.

Korea-based LG recently unveiled a large-format flexible electronic newspaper. At 19 inches wide and only 0.3 mm thick, the new display utilizes a coating of e-ink on a flexible metal foil substrate. This configuration allows the e-reader to be flexible and durable, providing an experience that more closely approximates the reading of a newspaper.

With the e-book market expected to double in size during the next two years, this area will most certainly continue to capture our attention. Perhaps one day we will each have a small library of different sized tomes with flexible e-paper onto which we can download any content.




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Blaine Brownell

thumbnail image Minnesota-based architect and author Blaine Brownell, AIA, is a self-defined materials researcher and sustainable building adviser. His "Product of the Week" emails and three volumes of Transmaterial (2006, 2008, 2010) provide designers with a steady flow of inspiration—a 21st-century Grammar of Ornament. Blaine has practiced architecture in Japan and the U.S. and has been published in more than 40 design, business, and science publications. The recipient of a Fulbright fellowship for 2006–07, he researched contemporary Japanese material innovations at the Tokyo University of Science. He currently teaches architecture and co-directs the M.S. in Sustainable Design program at the University of Minnesota. His book Matter in the Floating World was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011.