Recently, LG unveiled a new kind of e-reader that many believe could be an ultimate game-changer in the use of e-readers everywhere. A thin, light-weight display is the goal of many e-reader manufacturers these days, but one ongoing concern is that of durability.
LG’s newest creation seems to take e-reader durability to a whole new level with its flexible display, capable of bending up to 40 degrees, surviving moderate blows to its surface and repeated drops from around five feet up.
So what makes this potentially so revolutionary? For starters, some materials used in production are cheaper alternatives, particularly in the use of plastic rather than glass. But imagine e-readers that could replace textbooks altogether? With this kind of durability, these flexible e-readers would likely be able to survive the punishment of a school student’s backpack throughout a school year, especially if it had a kind of accompanying carrying case for further protection.
Imagine a world where backpacks are a whole lot lighter, yet carry almost limitless information in them. Not only that, but the e-readers could save a whole lot of money for schools in the long run from having to replace textbooks with updated versions. The short-term costs of the e-readers could potentially provide years of benefit, and that’s with just one area of society as an example.
Obviously powering such devices will be a challenge in the future, but that’s were we come in to save the day!
If you’d like to read a bit more on these devices, check out this article on them from GizMag.com here: http://www.gizmag.com/flexible-e-paper-device/21998/