07 January 2006

Remember Fruit Roll-Ups?

This one is special. Philips is showing a
polymer display that can be rolled up when not in use. Right now it's
greyscale only with a slow, 1-second refresh rate, but I was assured
Philips has color versions in the works, and the refresh rate will
improve enough to handle video.



Applications
of this technology are mind boggling. The picture shows a computer that
rolls up (that's the keyboard on the right -- a fabric one could also
act as a protective sleeve for the entire device). No longer is the
device size limited by the display. Battery life is vastly improved,
too, as power is only used to change, not maintain, pixels. Philips
indicates mobiles using this technology will hit the market in 2007.Philips_display

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