Monday, February 13, 2006

Philips to show screen for mobile internet

At the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, which starts today, Philips Polymer Vision will show the rollable screen, which eventually will be linked to a mobile. Instead of receiving internet on a 4,5 cm screen, a screen of 12 cm will be available. The screen, is hidden in the back of the mobile and can be drawn from there by a support frame.

The screen is based on the E-Ink/Philips technology of digital paper and has the same advantages and limitations. The screen is rollable and very readable, while the system only uses power, when a page is turned (7.500 to 10.000 times on 2 penlight batteries). But it is also only black and white text with black and white still images. It will take some years before a colour screen will be produced and video can be shown.

Commercial production of the screens will start in 2006. By 2007 the rollable screens need to be integrated with new types of mobiles. Philips Polymer Vision looks at newspapers as first clients. Instead of just sending videotex like headlines to the mobile, now news can be published more extensively.


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