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E-paper should come onto the market as early as 2003

E-paper should come onto the market as early as 2003

Electronic paper, or 'e-paper', should, according to the Wirtschaftswoche, conquer the market as early as next year. Books, but above all daily newspapers and magazines, are to be completely displaced by the new product in the future, according to the wish of the developer Philips Newspaper can be rolled up or folded. In the middle of this film are black and white, pigment-filled color capsules, which are distributed over the film depending on the voltage applied. With the help of the appropriate control, entire texts and images can be displayed.

Since 1997 we have been working on a similar project the manufacturer Xerox, from which the idea of ​​the e-paper came. Now the researchers from Philips came before the guys from Xerox and want to offer their product in the next few months. According to Philips, e-paper consumes only a tenth of the energy of conventional mobile screens. Philips has already presented a 5-inch, fully functional prototype, and color displays should also be possible soon. E-paper has only one disadvantage. According to the developers, video playback is currently not possible due to the slow reaction time of the pigments.

This technology is initially planned for use in handhelds and PalmTop devices. The first comics on e-paper are already planned for the Japanese market.