E Ink shows off front-lit, flexible e-paper displays

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E Ink Corp looks to have rolled into this week’s FPD International show with a fair bit of new paper-replacing gear, including a number of prototypes that it’s developed with some of its partner firms. In addition to the E Ink watch we’ve seen before (and given away), the company showed off a new front-lit e-paper display developed by Alps Electric, which promises to let you get in some paper-less reading even in complete darkness. Also on display was a 9.7-inch e-paper display with an integrated flexible TFT substrate although, judging from the picture after the break courtesy of Tech-On, it doesn’t appear to be completely flexible. It does boast a decent 1200 x 820 resolution, however, and it should actually be available relatively soon, with mass production reportedly set to get underway in the second quarter of 2008.

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