WHILE OTHER countries and several companies claim they’re working on electronic paper and ink, Chinese boffins have claimed they’ve built a working prototype spray on version which will work on practically every surface.
The very ahead of its time Xerox Corporation first described this technology in the early 1970s, and a version of e-paper was brought to market in 2000 by E-Ink and MIT.
But not to be outdone, the Southwest China Normal University said it had built an ink prototype which uses organic transistors and which can be sprayed onto ordinary paper, metal, plastic or cloth.
E-Ink has demonstrated a newspaper and other techology using its techniques. The idea being that if, say, you had a paper version of the INQ using electronic INQ, its front page would update as the web site changed.