Home > Graphics > New “Electronic Paper” Can BendNew “Electronic Paper” Can Bend David Adams 2005-07-14 Graphics 23 CommentsFujitsu has developed a new thin film display that maintains its image and color even while being bent. It also contains built-in Nonvolatile memory to keep the image stable.About The Author David AdamsFollow me on Twitter @david_adams 23 Comments 2005-07-14 6:32 am Isn’t this not just a “simple” OLED display.ALready some time ago I saw something about that on tv 2005-07-14 8:32 am hobgoblinnot realy as a oled will only show as long as you pass power thru it. this however is more like a lcd but one where the last change stays until changed again, you dont need to pass power thru a point to maintain it.so for stationary images, or images that change very little over time (like say the standby screen of a phone where only the clock and the signal strength indicator changes) this can reduce the power use big time. 2005-07-14 7:08 am Well not really OSNews until we start running an OS with it as our monitor but still its freakin sweet! Imagine if it was touch screen capable too – and your office was wall-e-papered with this stuff – no more complaints about screen realistate and with a wireless keyboard – bliss!Anyways – back to reality… 2005-07-14 7:18 am Didn’t Xerox invent this like over a decade ago?*dejavu* 2005-07-14 7:30 am RodrigoXerox’s version was much more primitive than that (as you could expect from something created 10 years ago), and it was monochrome.Another problem on Xerox’s version was how to put the data on the thing, it required a machine that looked like a printer..now with technologies such as bluetooth etc that should be simplified, I suppose. 2005-07-14 7:23 am BuckThat’s right, I remember that announcement. It seems Xerox were to invent that, not Fujitsu… 2005-07-14 7:32 am RodrigoBuck: try pressing CTRL+F in the article, and type “invent”…no matches. They are not claiming the invention, just a new implementation of a very old concept. 2005-07-14 7:33 am CelerateIt would be cool to see this used for books, instead of having to kill trees, flip pages, and use material bookmarks. It could be as simple as downloading a pdf into one of these things and scrolling up or down with a wheel like those on mice. I like my idea, but I don’t think this is what these people had in mind 🙁 . 2005-07-14 8:57 am Hey! This has nothing to do with OSs. Post such a thing to Slashdot pleeeease… 2005-07-14 9:38 am RodrigoCheck this out on the “Contact Us” page:“Our goal is to inform our readers with the latest news on a vast range of operating systems and computing environments, from the well-known mainstream OSes, down to small (but also very interesting technically) hobby or embedded ones. True to our tagline, “Exploring the Future of Computing,” we’re always on the lookout for the next major advance in computing technology, and eager to speculate on how it might change the way people use computing power in their daily lives. With this in mind, it’s important to stress that though our focus is operating systems, there will always be other computing-related news that catches our attention.”Capice? 2005-07-14 9:33 am Jedd… the screens of the portable computers in the movie “Red Planet” with Val Kilmer. 2005-07-14 10:15 am I wonder if it could be used to produce toilet paper.I believe that is its true purpose… 2005-07-14 4:57 pm It would be expensive TP, but you can bet that millions of people would be wiping their butts with the faces of their idiot bosses 2005-07-14 12:07 pm the big use isn’t so much for books. people want it for magazines, you buy yourself say five to ten pages of electronic paper and then just download the new issue every month, saves the publishing house tons of money (full color printing is not cheap). also makes mass distrubuited things like newspapers and magazines inturn less reliant on advertisers. saving trees is sort of a non issue pulp for paper these days comes from tree farms not forests. what i want to know is the DPI this is capable of i remember reading a few years back in scientific american that that was the main hurdle 2005-07-14 4:40 pm monodeldiablo> saving trees is sort of a non issue pulp for paper these days comes from tree farms not forests.Um… not quite. As long as the current administration allows timber companies into National Parks and Forests, we get similar results to these:http://www.mezzoblue.com/archives/2005/04/07/google_maps_/The same thing is happening all over the Pacific Northwest.Kind of OT, I know, but I’m amazed people really think we’ve got that whole deforestation issue “whooped”. Newsflash: global warming might not be BS either. 2005-07-14 3:14 pm SmartpatrolThis is very cool the appications of this are limitless. I personally would like to have it plastered on the walls of my home so i can load up different images to give the feeling of depth. I would be nice to have a picture window overlooking the grand canyon. 2005-07-14 6:42 pm ThothI’ve been seeing advances in this type of technology (electronic paper) for years now but have yet to see one actual buyable product come from any of it.So the real question is when can I buy it? 2005-07-14 10:25 pm msundman> I’ve been seeing advances in this type of technology (electronic> paper) for years now but have yet to see one actual buyable> product come from any of it.You mean like the Sony LIBRIe? 2005-07-15 7:42 am Rodrigo> saving trees is sort of a non issue pulp for paper these days comes from tree farms not forests. Still, it’s environmentaly very bad.There’s a huge paper factory near the city I come from, in Brazil, and those “farms” are terrible since it’s like a green desert – you have miles and miles and miles or only 1 type of tree, eucaliptus. It is terrible for the soil, and very few animals can thrive in such a place. So, “green desert” is a very apt name indeed, due to the lack of biodiversity. 2005-07-15 7:57 am Do you live near Suzano?!?! 😛 2005-07-15 10:41 am RodrigoNope, not Suzano, but Aracruz I actually worked there for a while, and it was depressing to see only eucaliptus for so many miles.PS: Sorry for the OT 2005-07-15 12:06 pm I wonder if you can put this up on your wall in a big enough size to make it work. Do you need to backlight it? Or would your just aim a spotlight at it from the front instead?A big question for these kind of displays would be how fast is it? If it’s meant only for text it’s no big deal for a slow display. If they intend to replace LCD tech with it, they’ll have to fix the refresh/speed problems.Another point is cost. I’m not about to replace a bunch of books with a sheet of plastic that costs 100$… 2005-07-17 6:34 am msundman> Another point is cost. I’m not about to replace a bunch of> books with a sheet of plastic that costs 100$I would pay a shitload of money to fit all my books on such a sheet of plastic.