Discovery News has a recent write-up on the upcoming release of e-paper.  It’s not exactly paper, but it’s close… a Kindle-like screen on a flexible membrane that is thin – paper thin.

Post writer Tracy Staedter dreams a bit about a book made of e-paper, which she’d prefer over a Kindle or other e-reader. I’m thinking a whole book of the stuff might be a bit expensive – at first. With all such things the price will go down and the capabilities will go up over time, so she might actually get to read such a book.

Thinking ahead, I’m wondering what other applications such flexible screens might have. What we’ll probably see with e-paper is not exactly what we might first expect. I imagine it will mostly be used as an appliqué on hard, irregular surfaces, allowing anything to become a computer screen. Imagine walking into a store and seeing your own face appear on mannequins… well, that might be a bit too creepy, but I think you get the idea.  E-paper makes putting digital content on anything and everything possible.

So, let’s put on our thinking caps… what types of products do you think will soon incorporate e-paper? Where would you like to see it used?


About EDC

EDC is an award-winning author with a passion for telling imaginative stories resonating with universal truths. His latest novel, Runaway, is a futuristic action/adventure inspired by the book of Philemon. EDC was born in Georgia, growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, where he now lives with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Emma. Besides writing and being employed as an analyst in the airline industry, he has worked as a volunteer with youth, church planting, and Compassion International. He enjoys landscape gardening, listening to alternative rock, and playing the swordfight game on Wii Sports Resort.
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1 Response to e-Paper

  1. I can see lots of potential here for engineering applications. Having a e-paper map would be nice for evaluating power line circuits or a technician looking at a schematic to make repairs or to troubleshoot. Great post.

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