LG, one of the leading companies in global technology industry, has now given new dimensions to the concept of electronic paper. The new display technology which it has decided to portray to the world, is surely to make a mark or rather an impression in the ePaper world. The division, LG Display, is on the process of development of a new generation of color and flexible ePaper that have got the scope of being transferred to the future products such as eReaders or tablets.
LG Display expects to begin the mass production of its ePaper, which is being accompanied by attributes such as being the most flexible and bendable, having the largest display on the market, of 19 inch and paper thin. The LG ePaper is of the size of about the same as that of the A3 paper. The LG ePaper is making the use of metal foil over a TFT Display, which comes instead of glass display. This will actually enable the image on the ePaper to retain its shape as it warps and bends.
Giving more light to the technology used in the LG ePaper, the key fact which distinguishes this from the other contemporary ePapers is the size and the amount of flexibility it retains. The technology being used behind the ePaper is that of the GIP (Gate in Panel) Technology. According to this technology, the Gate Driver IC is placed into the panel itself, quite contrary to the placing of it along the spine or the outside of the device. In the other contemporary ePaper screens, the Gate Driver is actually placed into the side of the device, which actually limits the amount of bend ability and flexibility which accompanies the ePaper.
The prototype of the LG ePaper which has been displayed, is actually the only the ePaper, without any processor, input device or storage. But, it is the truth that the addition of these extra and different components to the ePaper, will actually make the paper far less similar to that of the newspaper, which it is actually trying to resemble. The ePaper will then become actually less flexible and bendable.
Now, there has been information even about the devices which would use this technology. The first device to make use of this technology is the Hearst’s Skiff dedicated e-reader. This device is though not of 19 inch to make use of the full size of the LG ePaper. Some of the other applications of the ePaper other than the e-readers can also be found out and concluded. Because of being light and flexible, this device could find applications as wallpaper for rooms, which would be dynamic and would change with a small electronic charge. This can also be done with different bits of apparel, which include bags and coats.
Thus, the LG ePaper does have the potential to fit the definition of ‘portable computers’ and thus could actually make the slim laptops and wave of netbooks seem like quite a lost generation. With waterproof coating, they can actually withstand anything. Thus, truly remarkable.