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Video, Frontlight, & More from Plastic Logic (videos)

May 14th, 2012 by · 13 Comments · hardware news, video


Earlier today I posted on Plastic Logic’s new color epaper screen. As cool as that was, that’s not all they’re doing.

These videos were posted as part of the same press conference where the new color screen was unveiled. I had found one and was planning to post it tomorrow, but now that I have 3 videos I couldn’t wait.

First up is the new video driver for their screen. It can show 12.5 frames per second. That’s far below the standard video rate of 30 fps, and it’s also slower than what hackers have accomplished with the Nook Touch. Of course, the NT doesn’t have a graphics chip so it can’t actually do video all that well, but it’s still faster.

Next, Amazon and B&N aren’t the only ones working on adding a front light to their screens. Plastic Logic’s light works much the same way, and it’s flexible, too.

And finally, we get to watch Plastic logic’s screen continue to work while it is being dismembered. Cool, no? This video was shot at the press event by a Russian blog.

Now that is how you should show off new product features. I haven’t seen such an impressive set of videos since my post from last year with several of E-ink’s tech demos.

I don’t know when we’ll see these screens on products, but I wouldn’t expect them this year. The front light and faster video will likely require newly built screens. PlasticLogic is still building their new factory in Russia and that is likely where the screens will be made.

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13 Comments so far ↓

  • Justin

    Not to be a naysayer, but the glare on the screen in the last video is pretty extreme. Hopefully it’s not somehow baked into the product

  • Name

    Gah. A score of people all making shoddy videos. What about one or two with actual skill and reasonable kit, maybe? Or is a steady image just too much to ask for in this day and age?

  • Kevin

    What’s the sense of having a flexible screen if your page turns unexpectly just because the page was flexed.

    • Sage

      It’s a proof of concept demonstration of touchscreen capability, not a finished commercial product.

    • Miahelf

      I don’t think the flexing or anything is changing the page, it looks like it is rigged up to cycle images automatically, and there is no user interface to speak of yet.

  • Naveen Kar

    Everything seems ok with this project, but was it a logical step on behalf of Russian government to pay $400 each for Plastic Logic 100 monochrome reader to be distributed in schools. Something seems fishy about the entire nexus…

    • fjtorres

      The way the russian government works, the company might be lucky to get $100.
      That is how kleptocracies work; inflate contract prices, skim off the over-charge.

  • Tom

    cutting the display is half looks amazing…
    but this is the only place you can cut the display, without influencing the display drive.
    The PL panel is split into two halves by design. The source drivers feed the pixels from two sides (this keeps the track resistance to a minimum for the high current signals). So if you cut the panel exactly in the middle, you will only hit an area that holds no electronics.
    But then again, it makes an excellent demonstration…

    • Erik Johnson

      I came here to say the same thing. It’s driven on both sides, and during the agonizingly slow cutting demo, they had up a perfectly-halved display to help the guy guide his scissors.

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