Docomo E-Paper

Docomo, one of Japan’s leading mobile company, has been researching the use of E- paper in their cellular phones. E-paper, developed by SiPix Imaging, is “paper which uses small chambers, called microcups that are filled with white particles and a colored liquid, allowing the E-paper to display two colors.”  As explained by a Docomo employee, the e-paper keypad can change its layout based on the user’s current needs or application. Docomo’s plan for mobile devices with E-paper is to increase ease of use amongst different user groups. For instance, Japanese characters would be entered based on the letters of the alphabet, but with E-paper, one can switch to use the characters instead.

Beside the uses mentioned by the Docomo employees, there are other ones that come to mind. One other example is a gaming application. When one is about to play a game, the keypad can be switched to display the controls rather than numbers. Overall, this is an interesting innovation and a step forward in mobile technology. E-paper offers a fluid alternative to the current stagnant keypad or a touchscreen. Currently, due to further research and testing, there are no Docomo products available with this technology. But in the future, it will be interesting to see where this goes.

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