SEARCH BLOG: TECHNOLOGY
Last year, I was having a discussion with my daughter-in-law who works for Google. She enjoys reading books on a Kindle, but I find the notion less appealing than an actual book. I like to be able to flip back pages quickly. This bias extends even more for newspapers. I revealed that I would consider an electronic newspaper if it felt and worked like an actual newspaper. My vision was of a flexible, full-paged sized device that displayed an entire page of readable text and images. A device that let you quickly flip back and forth between pages ... like an iPad.
That future may be approaching. From BBC:
A new type of flexible ultra-thin glass has been unveiled by the firm that developed Gorilla Glass, currently used to make screens of many mobile devices.
Dubbed Willow Glass, the product can be "wrapped" around a device, said the New York-based developer Corning.
Perhaps this could be fused to some polycarbonate film and placed in a thin flexible frame that contained all of the wifi and processors necessary to make it an inexpensive, easily-portable, electronic newspaper or general large display for poster-sized materials. I'd like that.The glass was showcased at the Society for Information Display's Display Week, an industry trade show in Boston.Besides smartphones, it could also be used for displays that are not flat, the company said.But until such "conformable" screens appear on the market, the glass could be used for mobile devices that are constantly becoming slimmer."Displays become more pervasive each day and manufacturers strive to make both portable devices and larger displays thinner," said Dipak Chowdhury, Willow Glass programme director at Corning.The prototype demonstrated in Boston was as thin as a sheet of paper, and the company said that it can be made to be just 0.05mm thick - thinner than the current 0.2mm or 0.5mm displays.The firm has already started supplying customers developing new display and touch technology with samples of the product.Next-gen gorilla glass?The material used to make Willow Glass is the result of the firm's glassmaking process called Fusion.The technique is melting the ingredients at 500C, and then producing a continuous sheet that can be rolled out in a mechanism similar to a traditional printing press.
iPads are nice, but reading anything on them is a pain in the butt because everything is "drill down" rather than full display.