Charbax has gotten another scoop this week on his trip to Shenzhen, China. That flexible E-ink screen than LG Display has been working on has turned up in the booth of Hanlin (aka Tianjin Jinke), a Chinese ereader maker. They weren’t showing off the production unit, but they did have a prototype.
Hanlin mounted the new screen in one of their standard 6″ ereader shells. Now, they could end up selling this design, but it’s important to note that this is the same hardware that they’ve used with the 6″ Sipix screen and the older E-ink screen.
The Hanlin rep doesn’t offer any details on when we might see a commercial model, but he does say that they’re waiting for the screen to go into production.You can see the prototype at about 4:16.
As cool as this is, it’s not the first flexible E-ink screen. Polymer Vision had been working on this screen tech back in 2008, though I must admit that I don’t know what they’ve been doing recently. And E-ink has also been toying with the idea; one of their screens showed up at CES 2010 on one of Pocketbook’s reference designs.
Bridgestone has also been working on a flexible epaper screen based on their QR-LPD screen tech, but aside from they are still working on it in secret. And of course PlasticLogic has an ereader with , with an ongoing beta test in Russian schools.it doesn’t seem to have gone anywhere. Sony has also worked on , and I think