LG Display recently announced that it has started the mass production of what it calls “the world’s first plastic electronic paper display (EPD) for use in e-books”.
The company has announced officially to launch a 6-inch flexible paper-like electronic reader, a new device that could revolutionize the tablet industry. Chinese manufacturers are also prepping to make the digital screen that bends in the hand, and LG says its EPD will be available in European stores as early as April.
Bringing together convenient e-reader technology with the flexible touch of paper, the “e-paper” display touts its strong potential for innovation. The device is ultra-thin and extremely portable, measuring 0.7-millimeters thick and weighing about 14 grams. LG’s test reports say the device is resistant to scratches and can fall 1.5 meters, or about five feet, without breaking. The most novel feature is the EPD’s ability to bend 40 degrees from its center, allowing users to angle the screen to their comfort level and offering a unique design compared to other e-reader and tablets.
So, a paper-like screen meant for reading can help bridge the gap between traditional print and modern technology at a time when readers of all ages are going digital. Further, the device will reduce eye fatigue and electricity consumption, in addition to lower prices in comparison to other e-readers. In short, LG’s EPD is a specific answer to the floundering print industry.