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Xerox Demos Self-Erasing, Eco-Friendly Paper 204

Lucas123 writes "The same Xerox lab that brought us Ethernet, the GUI and the mouse has demonstrated paper that can be reused after printed text automatically deletes itself from its surface in a day. Instead of trashing or recycling after one use, a single piece of paper can be reused up to 100 times. 'The paper contains specially coded molecules that create a print after being exposed to ultraviolet light emitted from a thin bar in a printer. The ultraviolet bar itself is very small, so it can be used in mobile printers. The technology could also be useful for network printing.'"
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Xerox Demos Self-Erasing, Eco-Friendly Paper

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  • Re:Is next big thing (Score:3, Informative)

    by rolfwind (528248) on Thursday May 01, 2008 @02:48AM (#23260720)
    I don't think it'll be big. E-paper/ink readers are here and they just need to get faster, cheaper, bigger displays, thinner, and evenntually color (you know, all the upgrade cycles all previous electronics went through). I'd say because of flash/wireless, capacity is already there/superior to any paper solution.

    The big hurdles to this paper is simple the work it will take to gather the old paper up, stack them neatly, and make them fit for printing. How much premium will this paper command? What % will be wasted due to folds/creases/smears/etc every time? Staples will be extra work.

    The bottom line: will it save from the bottom line? Considering the above work required: no. But will it be used? I think it will have its own niche... but epaper/eink/whatever_you_call_it is the next big thing, not this.

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