The era of handheld flexible displays just got a little closer when HP rolled out this prototype it developed with the Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University. Said to be unbreakable, the plastic scrolling screens use HP's self-aligned imprint lithography (SAIL) technology, a low-cost process that's a whole lot like printing on a sheet of plastic.
What does this mean for us? The screen's simplified manufacturing processes will result in cheap but super-sharp and colorful flexible displays for a new generation of laptops, cell phones, and eventually, electronic newspapers like we saw in Minority Report. While this tech is in its infancy now, analysts say the market for such screens will grow to $2.8 billion by 2013.