A company in China claims to have invented a graphene-based e-paper technology.
Graphene is something of a wonder-material that was first successfully isolated by two University of Manchester physicists in 2004. It’s the thinnest (in fact it’s 2D) and strongest (150 times stronger than steel) material ever recorded, yet it’s also extremely flexible and conductive.
In the years following its discovery, however, scientists and companies struggled to come up with practical uses for the material, largely due to difficulties in producing and manipulating the new material.
As Xinhua reports, the unique properties of graphene will bring obvious benefits here. Graphene-based e-paper will mean stronger, lighter, and brighter displays in any ebook reader or fitness wearable that employs it.
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Another bonus will be the cost of production. With those aforementioned production issues overcome, actually making graphene e-paper should be much cheaper than current e-paper displays, which rely on rare and expensive metal indium.
The company’s graphene e-paper will go into production within a year, so look out for the first graphene e-paper products some time in mid to late-2017.