Plastic Logic

Plastic Logic secures new funding; 2nd-gen factory due by 2014

Plastic Logic secures new funding; 2nd-gen factory due by 2014

Plastic Logic is in the midst of securing a second round of funding, expected to reach $700m, as the company plans to open its Russian manufacturing plant in 2013 or 2014. The news includes the original RUSNANO investment from November 2010 - now revealed to be worth $150m - as well as $50m from an existing investor. The money will be used to produce a second-gen plastic-based epaper display, which Plastic Logic says are currently being qualified in its original Dresden factory.

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Plastic Logic Revising Its Product Strategy, Cancels QUE proReader

Plastic Logic Revising Its Product Strategy, Cancels QUE proReader

We heard at the end of June that Plastic Logic was canceling pre-orders of their QUE proReader, eReading device, while the product was delayed with no estimate of a launch date. Now, it seems that Plastic Logic has done what they've needed to do, and have decided that they are going to revise their product strategy, and retool their entire way of doing business. In the process, they are officially canceling the QUE product, and setting their sights on a second generation ProReader.

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Plastic Logic QUE proReader Delayed Again, Now Canceling Pre-Orders

Plastic Logic QUE proReader Delayed Again, Now Canceling Pre-Orders

The QUE proReader from Plastic Logic has a torrid past. With so many missed delivery dates and delays under their belt, we're not sure if anyone even has them in mind anymore. Today, Plastic Logic came back into the lime light for a minute, but not to talk any kind of good news, unfortunately. What's the deal now? Well, apparently they're pushing back the launch of the QUE proReader again. And, if you've got a pre-order, well. You probably don't anymore.

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Plastic Logic color e-paper headed for 2012 volume production

Plastic Logic color e-paper headed for 2012 volume production

Plastic Logic's first product, the business-centric QUE ereader, isn't even in customers' hands yet, but the company are already talking about their follow-up.  They reckon they'll have a manufacturable color e-ink display ready by the end of 2011, and headed into mass production in 2012.  The panel will be based on technology the company already have "working at our Cambridge laboratory" according to Achim Neu at Plastic Logic.

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QUE proReader delayed until summer

QUE proReader delayed until summer

I am not typically one to pre-order products. I like to be able to just walk into a store, buy the thing, and take it home. One of the reasons I don’t like pre-orders is that you never really know when you will get the device until it actually ships. Such is the case with the geeks who pre-ordered the expensive QUE proReader a while back.

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Plastic Logic QUE hands-on

Plastic Logic QUE hands-on

Plastic Logic's new QUE ereader raised some eyebrows at CES 2010 when the company announced their pricing: $649 for the WiFi-only 4GB model, rising to $799 for the WiFi/3G 8GB version is a whole lot of money when consumers are used to $259 Kindles and nooks.  Still, when SlashGear caught up with the QUE earlier we found it a hard device not to like; check out our first-impressions and a hands-on video demo after the cut.

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Plastic Logic QUE official: wireless downloads, truVue e-magazines

Plastic Logic QUE official: wireless downloads, truVue e-magazines

Plastic Logic have officially unveiled their QUE ereader, and as expected they're heavily pushing their innovative touchscreen technology and flexible plastic e-paper.  In fact the QUE is not solely being positioned as an ebook reader; Plastic Logic have also given it email and calendar support, together with Outlook sync, and rather than clutter the all-plastic bezel with hardware controls the UI is 99-percent touch and gesture based.

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OLPC XO-3 pencilled in for $100 2012 launch

OLPC XO-3 pencilled in for $100 2012 launch

After announcing last month that the OLPC XO-2 concept had been abandoned in favor of a more straightforward slate-style XO-3 device, the One Laptop Per Child project have now released renders of what that tablet might look like.  The work of Yves Behar, the design has an 8.5 x 11 inch touchscreen, would use inductive charging, be waterproof and cost around $100.  It's also expected to combine a Pixel Qi indoor/outdoor display with plastic screen components from Plastic Logic.

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