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Electronic “Paper” Made of Plastic

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So-called digital or epaper has been developed by Xerox PARC and will soon be in production at 3M. The epaper is made using a technology called Gyricon, which produces a thin sheet of flexible plastic...

So-called digital or epaper has been developed by Xerox PARC and will soon be in production at 3M. The epaper is made using a technology called Gyricon, which produces a thin sheet of flexible plastic sheet made of millions of microspheres. Each sphere or bead is half black, half white, and its orientation is controlled electrically. The paper could be used between glass plates as an alternative to LCDs, says one PARC engineer. The flexible form and low power requirements open up many possible applications, such as use in a large-area displays, according to PARC.

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