Plastic Logic announced it was going to develop electronic components made of plastic. Someday, silicone will be Old News. This company has been working on devices that have flexible parts – high resolution flexible active-matrix displays to be specific. Making electronic books that bend like their paper brothers is literally the Wave of the Future. Easier to read from than cell phones and laptops, this really is the best way to keep people reading comfortably and without wasting paper.
What Plastic Logic is about to do is build a plant to manufacture sheets of Organic Polymers. This plant is expected to open by 2008. It will be the first time plastic electronic devices will be mass produced. The sheets will be made of polyethylene terephthalate (save those plastic bottles!!). Circuits can then be printed on to these sheets. One million sheets are expected to be made every year – that’s plenty of electronic books!
At the moment plastic will not be replacing silicon because the plastic components are larger (5-10 micrometres) than silicon (nanometres – billionths of a metre). However, Plastic Logic is working on shrinking the plastic circuits.
Of course, if one wants to venture into fantasy, imagine circuits in your clothes, furnature, walls in your home, windows and who knows what else. Living in your home can become more organic as you can control temperature and security and entertainment simply by rubbing a pillow or a button. Wow!
A talented and Emmy-winning digital special effects technician by trade, Cecilia has also made her mark over the years as a writer in video editing magazines. Her CV includes HBO’s "From the Earth to the Moon" and SciFi Channel’s "Frank Herbert's Dune" and "Children of Dune". The most recent Visual Effects work was done for an online film: "Eye of the Bennu". This project was notable for being the first film made entirely by people only communicating over the Internet. No one has ever actually met in person. A virtual film made by virtual people. Cecilia is currently making props for a short film project about a violent monk. Hmm.