Fujitsu Shows Flexible LCD

By Dave

Fujitsu has developed a flexible LCD panel that can maintain the displayed image even with no power supply, it says.

The cholesteric LCD panel, which is the name given to the technology that allows the image to be maintained on-screen, measures 3.8 inches across the diagonal and was on show Thursday at the company’s Fujitsu Forum 2005 event in Tokyo.

It’s the result of about 5 years of research, says Toshiaki Yoshihara, a senior researcher at Fujitsu Laboratories’ storage and intelligent systems laboratory, and one of the developers of the panel. He estimates it could be ready for commercialization in 2 or 3 years.

Two versions of the 3.8-inch display were on show. A powered, color display was showing continuously changing images, with each screen refresh taking several seconds, while a monochrome display that hadn’t been powered for two weeks was still showing its image.

Okay, I think this is pretty cool. Technology like this could be used for some really interesting stuff, and some not so interesting stuff. Like digital picture frames?

I wish the development time between the prototype being shown and the development models was shorter, as I am really impatient when it comes to new technology.

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