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UK Company Demos Color Video Animation On Electronic Paper 61

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sweetpea86 writes with an update on color e-ink screens. From the article: "Plastic electronics company Plastic Logic has demonstrated color video animation on a flexible plastic display, which it claims is the first example of an organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) driving electronic paper at video rate. The demonstration proves that the potential uses of electronic paper extend far beyond monochrome text-based e-readers to more sophisticated tablet-style devices that can run color video, while still keeping power consumption low." SlashGear also took a look at it and has a short video of the animated e-ink display.
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UK Company Demos Color Video Animation On Electronic Paper

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  • Smart Move (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Osgeld (1900440) on Saturday June 30, 2012 @03:22AM (#40502763)

    "Last month, Plastic Logic announced it was abandoning plans to manufacture its own e-readers, deciding instead to to license its flexible display technology and software to OEMs, system integrators, and device manufacturers."

    Good, there is nothing worse than a company who makes something interesting, then tries to beat the market in a game they dont understand. Just make the shit and sell it to all the other people who have design and marketing departments larger than your entire company, and let them deal with Q public.

    They could win if everyone wants it, and if a reader fails they might have plenty of others to sell it to, instead of all of the eggs in one basket, and raffled off to the richest patent troll.

  • Re:Magic (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Osgeld (1900440) on Saturday June 30, 2012 @04:04AM (#40502921)

    Whats a newspaper?

    Being 33 years old, every time I pick something up that I am told is a newpaper, all I get is 1 paragraph of a day old story and 4/5th of a page full of ad's for old lady underwear and flat out scams for gold, homes and used cars... I have given up on finding these fabled papers of news.

  • Re:Smart Move (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TheRaven64 (641858) on Saturday June 30, 2012 @06:18AM (#40503351) Journal
    Of course, they still need to find partners willing to use their technology. Pixel Qi, for example, has been pursuing this course, and it's still really hard to find devices that use their screens and often the devices you do find are let down in other areas. If you make a great screen and the first product that a licensee ships has an anaemic CPU and GPU then the poor perception of the device will reflect badly on your screen and may harm future sales ('I got a thing with one of those screens, and it was crap'). That's why it's often a good strategy to put together a reference platform that can show off the functionality for showing to journalists and potential customers, even if you don't sell it as a consumer product.
  • Re:Magic (Score:5, Insightful)

    by vigour (846429) on Saturday June 30, 2012 @06:37AM (#40503421)

    Whats a newspaper?

    Being 33 years old, every time I pick something up that I am told is a newpaper, all I get is 1 paragraph of a day old story and 4/5th of a page full of ad's for old lady underwear and flat out scams for gold, homes and used cars... I have given up on finding these fabled papers of news.

    You need to read better newspapers. Find yourself a quality broadsheet.

  • Re:HTML FLash tag (Score:4, Insightful)

    by AmiMoJo (196126) <mojo@@@world3...net> on Saturday June 30, 2012 @07:33AM (#40503611) Homepage

    I remember years ago when Kindles first came out one US newspaper (New York Times?) calculated that it would be cheaper to buy every subscriber one and deliver the editions electronically than printing and distributing paper copies. I'm somewhat surprised that no newspaper has offered its readers some kind of eReader+subscription offer yet.

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