E Ink and Plastic Logic team up to launch world’s first flexible colored ePaper Displays

E Ink and Plastic Logic have teamed up to launch new Legio™-brand flexible color displays. They say that the display is flexible, designed on the Advanced Color e-Paper (ACeP) technology, and can be used on wearable products.

The glass-free organic Thin Film Transistor (oTFT) displays are lightweight and ultra-low-power. E Ink claims they're more durable, thinner, and lighter than glass-based TFTs. That, according to the company, makes oTFT displays “ideal” for wearables. For instance, designers could build Legio-branded displays into smart clothing and jewelry. Until now, ACeP displays have mainly been used for signage, which of course doesn't require panels to be flexible.

The first Legio panel is a 2.1-inch, 240 x 146-pixel display with support for six colors, including black and white. It's powered by an Ultrachip UC8156 single-chip controller.

While ePaper might not be as much of a big deal as it used to, the Legio displays certainly have some potential, especially if they start making their way onto wearables and smart clothing.


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