Sony Unveils Flexible E-Ink Display
At the annual Dealer Convention in Japan, Sony unveiled a bit of a surprise: a fully functional e-ink display that is flexible enough to be rolled up.
So far, e-ink products (also called e-paper and digital ink) have all been solid screens, including the Sony e-book readers . Sony's new flexible e-ink technology could result in everything from e-ink newspapers to e-book readers that roll up in your pocket.
This e-ink display uses a flexible plastic to form the display instead of the traditional glass substrate. Sony didn't elaborate on how exactly the display was made or what specific applications the company has planned for the technology. However, those who saw it in person said the technology seemed far enough along in the design process to be commercially viable within a year or two.
Flexibility may be the next major innovation in e-ink displays. LG has already shown its own flexible e-paper display, saying it will mass produce them in 19-inch (approximately tabloid size) and 9.7-inch (approximately iPad size) versions. The smaller model will even display colors.