Printech Archives, July, 1998: Writing With Electronic Ink

Writing With Electronic Ink

Robert Gifford (
Thu, 16 Jul 1998 23:56:20 +0000

Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 23:56:20 +0000
From: Robert Gifford <>
To: Printech posting address <>
Subject: Writing With Electronic Ink


An interesting article with major P2 implications appeared on
the ABCnews website today. The idea is a paper or plastic
substrate with electrically charged ink which can be remotely recharged
into different pixel patterns for reuse. The technology appears
to be far off for newspapers, etc. but close for large items
such as bilboards.

There is also an article on this page describing a resuable
paper/plastic sheet and special printer which is closer to

The P2 implications which I can see are: inkless, great paper
use reductions, and transportation elimination for updates
( the morning newspaper could always arrive on time ).
The downside is a different medium, electronics and battery use,
Millions of low-paying jobs with rotten hours could be eliminated
as newspaper carriers go the way of the milkman.
(Groanings of an ex-paperboy.)

There was also no mention of color, although RGB should be
feasible for large pixels.

This layout of screen pixels is copyrighted, so you will have
to call up the URL below for complete details.

* Robert Gifford
* Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC), and
* Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
* 610 Langdon Street rm 531
* Madison, WI 53703
* (608)262-1083 Voice (608)262-6250 Fax



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