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Sir Penguin
27-01-2004, 06:23:29
This is something I've been keeping track of for a while, just for the neat factor. Philips (the Dutch electronics corporation, not the screwdriver head, nor directly the surname) has announced that they're just about ready to bring thin, foldable monochrome electronic screens to the market. They're currently able to make 5000 units per year, and expect to be able to produce 1 million per year in 2005.

I'd like to see this stuff combined with touch-screen technology, and made into extendable screens for wrist computers. That would be so cool!

The Ars Technica article (http://arstechnica.com/news/posts/1075140852.html) has links to the press release, which has links to pictures.

DaShi
27-01-2004, 08:50:32
Damn, there goes my paperless office dream.

Colon
27-01-2004, 09:53:04
SP, do you know what other firms are developing foldable screens? How do they fare compared to Philips?

Drekkus
27-01-2004, 10:44:07
Dutch pride! The company that brought you the cassette tape, the compact disc and loads of other technological highlights that no one has ever heard of because their marketing sucks.

Colon
27-01-2004, 11:07:10
:lol:

zmama
27-01-2004, 13:18:53
I know they've been working on this at Xerox PARC but don't know how far along they are there.

QtFLW@Work
27-01-2004, 18:51:45
Originally posted by Drekkus
Dutch pride! The company that brought you the cassette tape, the compact disc and loads of other technological highlights that no one has ever heard of because their marketing sucks.

Most of the electronics back in my bedroom when I was but a single guy living back in Australia was Philips. They're pretty big down there. I think we're in league with the Dutch. Scary thought.

Darkstar
27-01-2004, 20:44:57
Funny enough though, Drekkus, that Phillips is using the E-Ink system, created and patented by an American company. ;)

So when is Phillips getting around to making an electronic Dutch wife? ;)

Sir Penguin
27-01-2004, 21:00:55
Good old American knowhow, as provided by good old Americans like Wernher Von Braun.

SP

Darkstar
27-01-2004, 21:19:09
Damn Straight!

But of course, Von Braun stole all his ideas from Goddard's publishings. ;)

Deacon
28-01-2004, 04:44:58
I know for a fact that Microsoft invented.... uh... something.

Colon
28-01-2004, 05:44:28
Here's an article about electronic paper: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=0004C2D2-B938-1CD6-B4A8809EC588EEDF

Seems Xerox lost a big lead on this one. Dumbasses.

Darkstar
28-01-2004, 22:18:49
Microsoft has invented several things. And stolen many things. And even licensed a few things. Surprise surprise. ;)

Bendable screens and electronic paper has been around for a long time. I've been watching that field as well as the projection on air technologies. Most mention of electronic paper in the past year has been about eInk and Philips project.

Colon
29-01-2004, 09:12:41
Wasn't Apple working on something similar?

MDA
29-01-2004, 18:16:45
Yep. Electronic TP.

Darkstar
29-01-2004, 18:20:47
:lol:@MDA.
That was IBM and Microsoft!

Colon, not in many years, IIRC. There just isn't enough market potential for Apple to waste the money. They are more interested in selling iPods (25% of their bottom line) and finding the next item after the iPod.