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Flexible E-Paper: Plastic circuits drive paperlike displays

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11:47am, January 28, 2004

In a major step toward electronic paper that works like a computer monitor yet feels and behaves like a page of a book, researchers in the Netherlands have made electronic-ink displays on flexible plastic sheets.

A U.S. company developed the electronic ink over the past several years. "Just like your newspaper, you can see it in bright light, dim light, or from all angles," says Michael McCreary of E Ink in Cambridge, Mass.

The ink consists of millions of microcapsules, each one containing white and black pigments of opposite charge (SN: 6/20/98, p. 396: http://www.sciencenews.org/sn_arc98/6_20_98/bob2.htm). When a certain voltage is applied, the white pigments rise to the surfa

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