The engineers over at Fujitsu say they've made significant advancements in color electronic paper that features contrast improved by threefold and re-write speeds twice as fast as previous versions.
According to Fujitsu, the newly developed e-paper boasts the world's highest-level color image quality yet. Fujitsu accomplished the feat by redesigning the panel structure and image re-write methods, the results of which are an improved contrast ratio to 7:1, and a 0.7-second image re-write speed. Compared to previous color e-paper, this will lead to smoother image transitions with higher quality images.
"Enhanced brightness and contrast offered by Fujitsu's new color e-paper allows for more attractive, readable displays, while improvements in write speed result in smoother image transitions," Fujitsu said. "These significant performance improvements in e-paper display technology have broadened its range of potential applications as a paper-like electronic media, such as applications in portable electronic media like e-book readers, public billboards and commercial advertising."
Fujitsu plans to showcase its new color e-paper at the Fujitsu Forum 2010 event in Japan on May 13 and 14.
Technology never ceases to amaze. Consider e-paper: a thin plastic substrate overlaid with technological doohickies and thingamajigs that can display an image with reflected light while using little to no power. The only drawback is the ability to display shades of a single color--usually grey. Philips research is reporting that monochrome e-paper is no more. They’ve figured out how to infuse different colors into a single layer, while controlling each color separately, taking e-paper to a whole new multi-chromatic level.
This new variant of e-paper Philips calls “e-skin”. E-skin possesses the same inherent flexibility of e-paper. And, because of its low energy requirements, it is readily applied to mobile electronics. Philips speculates that e-skin could be used on cell phones, allowing them to be easily “changed to match your outfit, mood or environment.” They could also be used for portable gaming systems--downloadable skins to match a game’s look and feel.
Pixel Qi has been talking up a new display technology as of late, one which promises to change the landscape in a big way. And soon. Next month is when Pixel Qi founder Mary Lou Jepsen says the company's 10-inch 3Qi display will start showing up, which will combine a low-power black and white mode, e-paper mode, and high-resolution color LCD mode into a single, affordable, sunlight-readable screen.
"The future of portables is all about the screen, Jepsen said. "Think of screen like a chip on the motherboard: it can massively lower power consumption and (increase) battery life and create a much better visual experience."
The focus on affordable isn't too surprising, considering Jepsen co-founded the One Laptop Per Child project, and is now focusing on making low-cost displays. It will be quite the feat if she and and her company can pull off an affordable miracle display, and she's already looking ahead to adding touch gestures as well.