ITWorld: AU Optronics’s flexible e-paper can charge itself

Do you think a sheet of paper is a better form factor than a tablet?

I thought that E-ink was just about tapped out for innovation and the only thing that could be improved was its refresh rate. But then AU Optronics (AUO), one of the world’s largest makers of LCD screens, came out with this concept e-reader that’s self-powered and is as flexible as real paper.

AUO built its e-reader device using a flexible organic TFT display and a thin-film photovoltaic battery. Thanks to the built in solar cell, the e-reader can be completely self-powered while it is being used in sun light, as it generates “1-watt or more” of electricity.

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