Graphene E-Readers Could Be Much Sturdier

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I love my Kindle, but mostly because of Amazon’s warranty. In five years of owning Kindles, I have broken three, all entirely because of user error that involved a sharp force to the unyielding e-ink display. A new tech from China promises to put a stop to all that.


A graphene-based e-ink from Guangzhou Technologies promises a screen that’s brighter, more flexible, and by definition more resistant to abuse. Thanks to the cheaper material (carbon-based graphene is relatively inexpensive to produce), it could also bring down the cost of production of e-ink by orders of magnitude.

The results of cheaper screens could be exciting—everyone’s talked about screens replacing paper for decades, but the cost of a sheet of A4 is difficult to beat. Kindles are already pretty inexpensive, at $70 per—if you can slash the cost of the screen even further, inter-office memos might soon take on a whole new appearance.


[Xinhua via Engadget]

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I’m still trying to understand how you broke three kindles? I have had three and never broken one, just upgraded and gave my old ones to family and they have yet to break them. Do you not use cases or do you just have a disposable attitude to devices? I knew a person who buys a new laptop every year and in a years time the old one is sticky, missing keys, and has a cracked screen. I see people carrying new phones with no protective case, of course you are going to crack it, it is a sliver of glass and metal!