LONDON – Organic electronics developer Plastic Logic Ltd. (Cambridge, England) has said it has demonstrated a flexible plastic electronic display that can play color video content at 12 frames per second or 14 frames per second in black and white.
The display is 10.7-inch in diagonal size. Plastic Logic makes the organic active-matrix backplane and combines it with E-ink display material in the front plane, according to its website.
Unfortunately 12 frames per second is not good enough for acceptable video performance so Plastic Logic still has some work to do.
If it can achieve a flexible color video display with good color saturatio at high density, something it has been trying to do for a couple of years, the technology could find application in curvilinear displays incorporated in smartphones and e-readers andconsumer equipment, automobile.
However, Plastic Logic has struggled in the past and attempted to produce an e-reader called the Que in 2010 based on a monochrome version of its technology. The company invested to create a manufacturing site in Dresden, Germany, but was forced to cancel the Que e-reader project in August.
In January 2011 Plastic Logic announced one of the largest venture capital deals ever when it said it was set to receive $700 million in deal backed by Rusnano, the technology investment arm of the Russian state. Much of that funding is thought to be tied to establishing R&D and manufacturing for Plastic Logic's technology in Russia. The company has a subsidiary CJSC Plastic Logic based in Zelenograd.
Curvy display in color. Source: Plastic Logic Ltd.
" The company invested to create a manufacturing site in Dresden, Germany, but was forced to cancel the Que e-reader project in August."...what was the reason why this was "forced" to be cancelled? They could not do a better one than Kindle?
Okay, thanks!...good to see that they changed the direction quickly and focused into this relatively newer topic wisely to be the first one in coming out with something such as this. Hope to see a breakthrough soon.
Frustratingly close in terms of video - but the iPhone and iPad high resolution full motion color displays represent formidable, mass produced, alternatives that are thin enough to be very convenient even if they are not flexible. Maybe Plastic Logic should instead focus on static displays that can be rolled up for convenient transport and then unrolled to produce a large format display.
Coolest technology ever to come out in recent times. What many people don’t see is that flexible plastic screens can be used for people in rugged jobs like the military who can simply slip the screen into their load carriers and not fear it breaking. If you asked me, once Plastic Logic comes up with a flexible screen with a better frame rate, people will start buying them up at the drop of a hat. This technology can even be used for TV and computer screens. Imagine simply pasting your screen on your wall instead of looking for a bracket to mount the monitor. That, and eliminating the need for expensive and elaborate carriers when bringing the monitor back from shop. http://www.hammerplastics.com