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Bridgestone QR-LPD flexible e-paper gets video demo

Bridgestone QR-LPD flexible e-paper gets video demo

Bridgestone probably aren't the first company you'd associate with e-paper, but it seems they've been thinking about more than just tires of late.  They've rolled out a new flexible e-paper screen at Display 2011 in Japan this week, called QR-LPD or Quick Response Liquid Powder Display, which judging from this machine translation uses electrically-charged black and white particles held in a liquid substrate.

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NEC A4-sized UXGA e-paper revealed

NEC A4-sized UXGA e-paper revealed

Someone needs to get hold of NEC, shake them liberally, and tell them not to bother putting their excellent A4-sized e-paper panels in rubbish ad campaign boards but into huge ebook readers instead.  The company have unveiled their latest e-paper prototype, and the 8.27 x 11.69 inch panel - which has a whopping 1600 x 1200 resolution - is making us drool.

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Wistron folding e-paper device coming 2010

Wistron folding e-paper device coming 2010

Now that Polymer Vision's new owner - Wistron - has been confirmed, it's time for some speculation about what they might have up their sleeve with the folding e-paper technology.  Wistron's Brian Chong, chief of product planning, has confirmed that the company intends to release a 5- to 6-inch device using Polymer Vision tech in 2010.  From the sound of it, it's very much alike the prototype device Polymer Vision themselves were showing round before their sale.

Wistron confirmed as Polymer Vision buyer: foldable e-paper in development

Wistron confirmed as Polymer Vision buyer: foldable e-paper in development

The unnamed Asian company which acquired ailing foldable e-paper startup Polymer Vision has been outed as Wistron.  Polymer Vision declared bankruptcy back in July, and were acquired in early September; the deal is now known to have been worth €12m ($17.75m).  Integration of the two companies actually began taking place last month, but right now it's still unclear whether the Polymer Vision brand will be maintained.

AU Optronics planning 10-inch, A4 touchscreen epaper

AU Optronics planning 10-inch, A4 touchscreen epaper

The scaling up of business partnerships in the approach to the launch of Plastic Logic's eponymous ebook reader, together with the sell-out success of the Amazon Kindle DX certainly seems to suggest that there's a market out there for large-scale e-paper devices, and that's a segment manufacturer AU Optronics seem keen to capitalize on.  According to CEO LJ Chen, the company is ramping up to produce 10-inch and A4 (8 x 11 inch) sized e-paper panels.

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Bridgestone readying e-paper with 0.8s refresh time, color option

Bridgestone readying e-paper with 0.8s refresh time, color option

E Ink may be the best-known (and one of the widest-used) e-paper manufacturers out there, but that doesn't mean there aren't rivals snapping at their heels.  Bridgestone have revealed their intention to market large-page e-paper using their own "electron powder and granular material", which allows for screen refreshes in just 0.8 seconds; that's fast enough to work relatively smoothly with pen-input.

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