Watch an E-ink Screen be Abused (video)

Next Papyrus, maker of the PageOne HD ereader (I posted about it a few weeks back), has been posting a bunch of videos about their new device lately (here’s another). Last night I came across an impact test. They dropped golf balls on the screen and also threw the golf balls at the screen, just to see if they could kill it.

If you’ve ever wanted to see the backside of an E-ink screen, watch this video.

The middle section of the video is rather funny because whoever is throwing the ball has my athletic skills. They keep missing the device.

BTW, the first section of the video shows 2 screens, and only one is the newer HD E-ink screen. The black frame is the older screen, and the reason it broke is that it has a glass backplane. The newer HD E-ink screen uses a metal foil backplane (developed by LG Display I believe). As you can see from the video, it’s a lot sturdier than glass.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. CJJ13 March, 2012

    Another good reason to pick up a $50 Story HD. Seems like it would be the go to choice for backpacking…. or golf?

  2. Dude from Slovakia13 March, 2012

    Do you think that Iriver HD has the same screen?
    That would make it much more interesting.

    1. CJJ13 March, 2012

      It is the LG HD screen. Can’t say if it’s the same one shown in video. I would think that chances are it is.

  3. Tom14 March, 2012

    The iRiver HD has the glass backplane display… the one they break in the video…

  4. Name (required)15 March, 2012

    There is new video in better resolution with English titles

  5. […] backplane which LG Display developed in 2011 and 2012. I’ve mentioned this flexible screen once or twice, and so far as I know it was only used on the FlexOne. It was going to be used in the Earl […]

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