HP plan to ship Dick Tracy style watch prototypes by end of year

But actual production won't begin for another couple years according to Carl Taussig, the Director of the Information Surfaces Lab at HP. This piece of news isn't actually new. You might recall that back in September I found a video of Dr. Taussig demonstrating HP's new screen tech at Stanford. Dr. Taussig mentions the prototypes in the video.  I also followed up about a month later and confirmed the planned release date.

But it's still fascinating technology. HP have been focusing on plastic backed displays for quite a few years now, and not just because it's sturdier than rigid displays (like E-ink and current LCD). They believe it will also be cheaper to produce.

HP are working with plastic films that are both lighter and thinner than glass. The manufacturing process starts with a roll of plastic that has been embedded with a thin film of metal and other material. The plastic is run through a press that imprints a pattern of three-dimensional transistors on the film. These transistors can transmit instructions to electrically charged particles or diodes contained in a second layer of plastic, which then displays text or images.

Via Mercury News

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