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In January, the first production-ready display that you can bend and twist—and perhaps roll up and stick in your pocket—was, well, put on display at Plastic Logic’s production facility in Dresden, Germany. The monochrome panel, essentially an array of organic thin-film transistors sandwiched between pieces of plastic, will be used as e-paper and also as screens on a variety of mobile devices, the company says.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.