Diagram of the zero-power display
Assoc. Prof. Jason Heikenfeld with a conventional Blackberry (left) and student Shu Yang with a zero-power display
Student Shu Yang with a zero-power display (left) and Assoc. Prof. Jason Heikenfeld with a conventional Blackberry
Prototypes of the zero-power display
According to University of Cincinnati electrical and computer engineer Jason Heikenfeld, there are two types of electronic devices: things such as e-readers, that require little power but have displays with limited performance, and devices such as smartphones and laptops, that display bright, full-color moving video, but that guzzle batteries. After seven years of development, however, Heikenfeld and collaborators from Gamma Dynamics are now presenting a new type of electronic display. They claim that their “zero-power” electrofluidic system combines the energy efficiency of the one type of device, with the high performance of the other.
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