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LG Announces 19-inch, Flexible, E-Paper Display

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 34 comments
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Giant, bendy, electronic newspapers.

Ereaders are becoming more popular by the day. While the market is still mostly dominated by Amazon, more and more companies are releasing ereaders and tablets that they're advertising as media devices meant for watching movies and reading books.

Not one to miss out on a growing trend, LG yesterday debuted a 19-inch, flexible e-paper display prototype which it claims is the largest ever produced. The 25 centimeter by 40 centimeter display utilizes a metal foil instead of the more traditional glass substrate which means the screen can be easily bent. LG has already worked with Skiff-maker, Skiff LLC, on its 11.5-inch, flexible ereader but the 19-inch version unveiled yesterday is said to be aimed at newspaper companies.

While the thought of a flexible, newspaper-sized ereader seems nice in theory, it sounds like it could be a little unwieldy and awkward. We'll have to see how this one pans out.

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    vulmer , January 14, 2010 5:34 PM
    Probably one of the coolest things I have seen.
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    zak_mckraken , January 14, 2010 6:26 PM
    The fact that it's slim, thus light, is very nice. But why does it have to be flexible?

    "Hey guys, look! I can bend my new *CRACK* ... Oh shit..."
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    IzzyCraft , January 14, 2010 6:26 PM
    maigodoesn't look all that flexible

    It's flexible not fold-able....
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  • 18 Hide
    vulmer , January 14, 2010 5:34 PM
    Probably one of the coolest things I have seen.
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    coonday , January 14, 2010 5:39 PM
    ^^^Agreed. I wonder if I will ever be able to read Tom's on it.
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    drip50291 , January 14, 2010 5:42 PM
    Harry Potter newspapers anyone? this is awesome
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    hakesterman , January 14, 2010 5:50 PM
    I'll take one at $149.99 maybe two.............



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    sundm001 , January 14, 2010 5:51 PM
    As a scifi fan as well as tech enthusiast I am always excited to see marketable technology become reality. Was anyone else a little amazed when you saw the epaper in the movie "Minority Report"? I for one really like this.
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    BoxBabaX , January 14, 2010 5:52 PM
    I don't really have much use for one of these, but will I get one? YES! this is too cool of a toy to pass on.
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    Zoonie , January 14, 2010 5:58 PM
    Could you guys dig up a little more about the 11.5" Skiff reader, please? Battery life seems like a really interesting topic since the reader is so thin, yet relatively packed. Also weight! :) 
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    back_by_demand , January 14, 2010 6:15 PM
    Maybe if it could be used to playback videos? That would be worth it.
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    zak_mckraken , January 14, 2010 6:26 PM
    The fact that it's slim, thus light, is very nice. But why does it have to be flexible?

    "Hey guys, look! I can bend my new *CRACK* ... Oh shit..."
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    IzzyCraft , January 14, 2010 6:26 PM
    maigodoesn't look all that flexible

    It's flexible not fold-able....
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    huron , January 14, 2010 6:31 PM
    That is simply amazing. I can't wait until these things are more mainstream - all sorts of possibilities.
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    9d3tsi , January 14, 2010 6:44 PM
    zak_mckrakenThe fact that it's slim, thus light, is very nice. But why does it have to be flexible?"Hey guys, look! I can bend my new *CRACK* ... Oh shit..."



    Lmao. I had the same though. Just like the "unbreakable cell phone".
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    quovatis , January 14, 2010 6:47 PM
    Using metal foil seems like it would eventually break if you flex it many times. It's durability would thus be quite low I would think.
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    jellico , January 14, 2010 6:49 PM
    Drip50291Harry Potter newspapers anyone? this is awesome

    I was thinking Minority Report (Harry Potter is magic, afterall), but yeah.
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    mlopinto2k1 , January 14, 2010 6:53 PM
    I, have just been waiting to see it in the news. I have had full faith this would happen. It will most certainly branch out in many other forms. Depending on it's brightness, would be nice to have tiled on your ceiling for limitless lighting. ANYTHING, that is just a corny "idea".
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    lowguppy , January 14, 2010 7:00 PM
    Wasn't this same item and image posted a couple weeks ago?
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    Anonymous , January 14, 2010 7:10 PM
    reminds me of the old Hyper-color tshirts that came out in the early 90's... lol
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    JMcEntegart , January 14, 2010 7:15 PM
    lowguppyWasn't this same item and image posted a couple weeks ago?


    LG technology goes into the Skiff which was announced a few weeks ago.
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    Ehsan w , January 14, 2010 7:15 PM
    hide porn in your jeans lol
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