The world's first flexible touchscreen has been developed by the Arizona State University's Flexible Display Centre in the USA, in conjunction with an array of military partners. The flexible touchscreen has been integrated with an active matrix, according to the EETimes website.
"Our displays have always been flexible but so far the touchscreens have been glass, which are not rugged enough for many applications," said Sri Peruvemba, E-Ink's vice president of marketing. "Now we have a partner that can build a flexible touchscreen to match our flexible display."
Glass touchscreens can only be utilised when enclosed in a rigid shell. The first application, for this more durable and flexible variation, will be battlefield use but subsequent developments are being mooted.
"Now that our whole device can be made flexible, it should also enable larger-sized touchscreens for electronic newspapers, textbooks and other larger format applications," said Peruvemba.
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