Polymer Vision Readius With Merely Foldable Display

Readius E-Reader with foldable display? I'm not sure whether we're really moving forward on this one or not. About a year and a half ago, I wrote a story on the Philips Readius E-Reader With Rollable Display (see pictures). Not in production, but at least there was a prototype.

Now, Polymer Vision (a spin-off of Philips) is touting a Readius with a merely foldable display. It starts out folded.

(Polmer Vision Readius fully folded)

Then, you partially unfold the Readius...

(Polmer Vision Readius partially unfolded)

Almost there...

(Polmer Vision Readius fully unfolded)

Finally, it's fully unfolded.

(Polmer Vision Readius way unfolded)

The full display measures 127 mm; it displays 16 shades of grey and has 4 GB of on-board memory for all your e-books. The folded unit is 56mm x 100mm x 21mm. It has about a ten-day battery life and has USB, GPRS/EDGE and DVB-H connectivity to download data wirelessly.

The device will actually be available for sale sometime this year; perhaps phone makers will take note.

We (sf fans, that is) are still waiting for the polycarbon phone screen from William Gibson's 1986 novel Count Zero:

"We'll key that to the image on this phone." He took an elegant modular unit from the bag and placed it in front of her. A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled silently from the top of the unit and immediately grew rigid. She had once watched a butterfly emerge into the world, and seen the transformation of its drying wings. "How is that done?" she asked, tentatively touching the screen. It was like thin steel.
(Read more about the polycarbon phone screen)

Wade through four pages to see the pictures at Cnet UK.

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