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Old 03-02-2005, 10:44 PM   #1
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Philips 'paper-like' display can be rolled up when not in use

Another great news from the e-book reader department. As thin as paper, this could be the ultimate format for displays: the roll. When it's needed, it's there. When it isn't, it rolls away to almost nothing.

Polymer Vision, a line of business within Philips Electronics, announced today its new 5-inch PV-QML5 rollable display. With a decreased radius of curvature, improved operational and mechanical lifetime and paperlike viewing contrast, the display is expected to go in production within two years.

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The Polymer Vision PV-QML5 is an ultra-thin (100µm) featherweight QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) active-matrix display with a diagonal of 5 inches. When not actively used, the display can be rolled up into a small housing with a radius of curvature of less than 7.5 mm. With four gray levels, the monochrome display provides paperlike viewing comfort with a high (10:1) contrast ratio for reading-intensive applications. Even in bright daylight, the display is easy to read. Using a bi-stable electrophoretic display effect from E Ink Corp., the display consumes an exceptionally low amount of power.

Sounds definitely better than LCD. Alas, why is it that all my devices are still powered with LCD displays?
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:59 PM   #2
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Here is a great video showing the technology:
http://www.polymervision.com/assets/...sion-12983.wmv
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Old 03-03-2005, 11:08 AM   #3
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Gizmodo refers to it as a "we're not dead yet" press release. What do you think? Why is it taking companies so long to produce better alternatives to LCD displays?
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Old 03-04-2005, 11:11 AM   #4
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I think this tecnology is fantastic, but Alexander is right... WHY is this taking so long? Two years ago, I wrote a white paper on OLED technology and this type of use. Why can't they just push some of this out to the geeks that would use it? I haven't heard anything that's indicated it is exorbitantly expensive, either.
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Old 03-04-2005, 11:30 AM   #5
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Paul, good point. Maybe it's simple cost/benefit analysis... but God, I'd love to see it.

Imagine unrolling that thing and throwing it on the wall for a quick presentation.

Actually, it kind of reminds me of a pirate's treasure map.
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Imagine PAINTING on a wall, or a billboard, where you could present your ideas in high-quality, superior contrast, images?! Being able to roll-up an OLED screen, like I can a newspaper, would be great!

I think the general thinking is that it will be for specific uses and they're missing some of the big picture - or just not advertising to those organizations. Why wouldn't a hospital want something that could project large, clear, versions of digital image data for X-rays or CT scans, on a wall? They need to market better.

One caveat, though... if they market towards replacing books, newspapers, and magazines, people are going to question the overall ubiquity of the screens. I mean, how many people read the paper and toss it, so they don't have to carry it home? How many people have dropped a book, or a magazine... in a puddle! Can I put this thing in my back pocket without it breaking when I sit on it? There are issues to overcome when working towards these, and until they're covered, I think people will be more likely to still stick with something as simple, available, and functional as paper.

but... we're getting there!
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one thing I think would be a big hazard is creasing it. I think you would have to constantly have it in a folder for fear of creasing it. If you roll something up you need to have something to put it in because you cant just throw it in a bag. Like you said "can you throw it in your back pocket." If you did and sat on the edge of a bench or a pebble or something it would get creased or one of those little dings in the plastic. I think just storing it takes up alot of its use and it would be difficult to keep it out of harms way.
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