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Old 07-19-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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Flexible E-Book devices: One step closer with flexible batteries

There's no telling when flexible e-book devices will make it to market, but what we can say with almost absolute certainty is that before such technology arrives, we'll need something to make batteries more flexible (in the truest sense). Fortunately, Taiwanese company ProLogium has been working for some time on the development of so called FPC Lithium-Ceramic batteries; these batteries are ultra-thin, bendable, and supposedly extremely safe to use.

The good folks from Mobilegeeks.de had a chance to visit their labs, and they shared their findings in the video below.



For more details check out this company presentation (PDF).

Thanks to MobileReader owly for the tip. [via Tablet News]
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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That's really great. I'm waiting for bigger Eink deveices for PDF files and these deveices should have a flexible screen for a better reading experience. Looks like this is a step further into this direction.
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What extraordinary technology!!!

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The volume seems quite small compared to Li-Ion batteries today. I'm guessing it would have a pretty small capacity.
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Why would anyone want a flexible e reader ??? really ??? it's nice technology but looks like a solution in search of a problem I would imagine the market to be very small for flexible e readers... of course there may be numerous other applications
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Why would anyone want a flexible e reader ??? really ??? it's nice technology but looks like a solution in search of a problem I would imagine the market to be very small for flexible e readers... of course there may be numerous other applications
The main point for making them flexible isn't that you can fold it around or mess with the flexibility but rather the following points:

1. Better Stability, Current E-Ink Devices use glass for the display which makes it easier to break. You can drop devices with the new plastic screen and it wont shatter like glass

2. Weight: Displays with plastic substrate are alot lighter, that enables the manufacturers to make lighter readers

Also with these flexible batteries it is possible to use the limited amount of space more efficiently for device manufacturers
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Why would anyone want a flexible e reader ??? really ??? it's nice technology but looks like a solution in search of a problem I would imagine the market to be very small for flexible e readers... of course there may be numerous other applications
For me personally the primary benefit would be if it were also less fragile. I'd worry about it less in a backpack while hiking. The secondary benefit would be to cut down on glare when reading in direct sunlight.
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The main point for making them flexible isn't that you can fold it around or mess with the flexibility but rather the following points:

1. Better Stability, Current E-Ink Devices use glass for the display which makes it easier to break. You can drop devices with the new plastic screen and it wont shatter like glass

2. Weight: Displays with plastic substrate are alot lighter, that enables the manufacturers to make lighter readers

Also with these flexible batteries it is possible to use the limited amount of space more efficiently for device manufacturers
And eventually you could fold it up and stick it in your pocket.
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One of the first things that came to my mind was "Smart Paper" (from Diamond Age).
Flexible Display: check (eInk)
Flexibile Battery: check (this here)
Flexible computer: ? Not sure. But then, we can minituarize a computer and simply have one hard edge or something.
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One of the first things that came to my mind was "Smart Paper" (from Diamond Age).
Flexible Display: check (eInk)
Flexibile Battery: check (this here)
This reminds me of the Philips Readius I once had the pleasure to play with:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33795
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Having question the logic of a fexible e-reader Let me confess that I would likely buy one just for the fun value but really I would much rather see research dollars going into e-ink color technology and e-ink refresh rates so we can view pics and vids
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I can see that battery in a backpack with wireless charging of any device I put in the bag. Fantastic!
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Having question the logic of a fexible e-reader Let me confess that I would likely buy one just for the fun value but really I would much rather see research dollars going into e-ink color technology and e-ink refresh rates so we can view pics and vids
I agree 100%. I've just given up trying to read some magazines on my tablet; sat outside in my garden in bright light it is simply impossible. No issue at all reading books on my Sony Reader; but illustrations and e-ink screens at present are a no go area.
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Flexible e-readers would be huge. As it is now, the screens are fragile. With flexible displays, they would be considerably more durable. And they could weigh less because there wouldn't need to be material to prevent them from flexing.

Working on flexible e-readers doesn't preclude working on color e-ink. Businesses have to work on more than one thing at a time or get left behind.
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Flexible e-readers would be huge. As it is now, the screens are fragile. With flexible displays, they would be considerably more durable. And they could weigh less because there wouldn't need to be material to prevent them from flexing.

Working on flexible e-readers doesn't preclude working on color e-ink. Businesses have to work on more than one thing at a time or get left behind.
Color e-ink, frontlit.

from 1:50 min.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8VqEYOUNFQ

Could not quite understand its resolution but since they mentioned pocketbook and second part of 2013, it is announced color lux, although here it kind of looks a bit better than color lux to me.

I would like to finally see some reflective lcd this year too, maybe as additional monitor like display-solution's pixel qi.

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Paper-like low-power color LCD plays video - Japan Display
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdXu9jmTI2A

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-Polarizer-free Reflective LCD Combined with Ultra Low-power Driving Technology
http://www.sharpmemorylcd.com/resour...hite_paper.pdf
sharpmemorylcd.com/resources/polarizer-free_reflective_lcd_white_paper.pdf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b482S0jl5To

pixel qi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVWQpMFhDCg

http://www.display-solution.com/en/p...s/pixelQI.html

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