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E Ink's Lucent Future Is Now

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

E Ink's Lucent Future Is Now

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A bright spot for the MIT spinoff

The arrival of newspapers able to print and reprint themselves without a press or printer may be hastened by a recently announced agreement between E Ink Corp. and Lucent Technologies.

For its multimillion-dollar investment in E Ink, Murray Hill, N.J.- based Lucent gained a minority stake in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spinoff, which is now licensed to use plastic-transistor technology being perfected by Lucent's Bell Labs.

Flexible and printable, plastic transistors are essential to the making of electronic ink. Containing both electronic and image-bearing components, the ink is its own printer.

Updates or complete reimaging could be accomplished by wired or wireless connection to the Internet or, conceivably, with no external device -- the receiver residing in the "electronic paper."

To date, Cambridge, Mass.-based E Ink has created in-store ads on boards. But in "achieving the look and feel of paper," said E Ink President and CEO Jim Iuliano, "collaboration with Lucent is an important step" that may lead to slimmer, lighter appliances.

E Ink grinds titanium dioxide into nanoparticles, suspends them in a dye of any color, and encapsulates the suspension in balls the width of human hairs (100,000 microcapsules per square inch). …

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