Electronic Paper for Business

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on September 8, 2008

I have been hearing about “electronic paper” for business documents for about as long as I can remember, but none has come close to making the grade. A new reader from Plastic Logic could be the one.

PlasticLogicPreviewsElectronicReadingDevice_thumb.jpgAt DEMOfall today, the company showed off a reader about the size of a sheet of notebook paper and thinner than a legal pad that can be loaded with a broad variety of business documents.

Like Amazon’s Kindle, Plastic Logic uses technology from E Ink that gives an instant-on greyscale display with phenomenal battery life. But Plastic Logic has developed semiconductor technology that allows the display to be made of plastic instead of glass, making it lighter, thinner, and more durable.

Plastic Logic plans to begin production this fall at a new facility in Dresden, Germany, and bring the product to market next year. Although the initial reader is aimed at business-to-business markets, it’s consumer potential is obvious.

Reader Comments

Marco

September 17, 2008 4:36 PM

its not it's you idiots

Curmudgeon

September 21, 2008 11:05 AM

What do you think they are, Marco? Professionals? ;-/

The product looks fantastic - I'm really excited to try one.

DLC

September 21, 2008 11:13 PM

I'm baffled, Stephen Wildstrom, why, in the age of the Internet, you haven't had this humiliating typo corrected. It's four days old, and this is your third slam.

ZUrlocker

September 26, 2008 1:22 AM

hey hotshots, get over it.

--Zack

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