LG bending limits of e-book design with flexible displays

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It appears LG is making good on its promise to bring flexible displays to e-book readers, as the Korean consumer electronics company revealed that it has started mass production of the “world’s first” plastic electronic paper display (EPD).

The screen measures 6 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1,024×768 pixels. It can bend at a range of 40 degrees from the center of the screen, and it’s also about one-third thinner and half as light as current glass EPDs, LG says, meaning it’ll be even easier to carry than the e-book readers today.

LG also cites durability as a benefit of its plastic EPD. The company ran numerous stress tests on the display, including dropping it from a height of about 5 feet and hitting the screen with a small urethane hammer (how do I get this job?), and saw no damage. Presumably, this means you could toss your reader into your bag sans case without fear of scratching up the display.

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