After winning the R&D 100 Awards, also known as the “Oscars of Innovation”, for three successive years in a row, the ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) has been awarded this year for two eco-friendly technologies, one of which is the rewritable i2R e-Paper, basically a liquid crystal panel.
Promising to be both environmentally friendly and rewritable for a number of times, this e-paper, as opposed to most other digital and virtual technologies, does not need to be “powered up” constantly. Optimizing the thermal mechanism that enables erasing and re-writing, the i2R e-paper requires only heat to store or transmit images on the flexible cholesteric liquid crystal panel that it is made of.
The e-paper also promises to deliver 300dpi high resolution with memory function, and if one wants to change any content, the paper simply needs to be put into a thermal writing device to achieve the desired erasing and re-writing.
Low-Cost, Next-Gen Paper
With its low production cost, the i2R e-Paper allows for mass production to be carried out. Recently the technology has been transferred to Changchun Chemical Engineering for trial mass production after having completed industry science and technology programs with 4 material manufacturers and 5 equipment operators.
Presenting the technology that may well be the future of digital books and pictorials without restriction on length, electronic bulletin board, situational wall paper, large size digital bulletin board and other innovative applications, the i2R e-paper promises to create new business opportunities within the publishing and advertising industries.
The e-paper is expected to hit the market in a year or two.
ITRI and the R&D 100 Awards
A national research organization, ITRI functions with the mission of creating economic value and improving social welfare for Taiwan. Conducting technological research and promoting industrial development, ITRI is the pioneer of Taiwan’s high-tech industry, while also being the country’s largest applied technology R&D institution.
The R&D 100 Awards is a highly acclaimed R&D international award event.
Identifying and celebrating the top high technology products of the year, the R&D 100 Awards span across industry, academia, and government-sponsored research, and extend to all innovative technology, from sophisticated testing equipment and innovative new materials to chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products and consumer items, high-energy physics.
Each year a hundred commercialized technologies with far-reaching innovative significance on human living are selected from thousands of innovative technologies around the globe.
2011 was the 49th session of this award, with the ITRI claiming a spot at these awards for the fourth consecutive year.