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tech reviews Updated: Jul 13, 2010 01:30 IST

New-age gadgets like Apple’s iPads and televisions could soon be rolled up like
newspapers, thanks to a new technology being developed by researchers in Australia
and Italy.

Researchers at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Melbourne University and Italy’s University of Padua were using laser technology to make products — including televisions, iPads, mobile phones and Kindles — more flexible, thinner and cheaper.

According to mX, the same technology was also being used to develop screens that would replace light bulbs.

The screens would be fastened to a ceiling like wallpaper to light a room. The researchers were developing prototypes to take to Apple and other manufacturers next year.

According to Melbourne-based CSIRO researcher Jacek Jasieniak, the technology could easily be applied to iPads to make them more user-friendly.

“It wouldn’t be so bulky,” quoted Jasieniak as saying. “So in the future, they’ll make (electronic) newspapers that are flexible and rollable. You’ll be able to put them in your bag or pocket and read them in the train in a very compact way,” he added.

The laser technology would also dramatically cut manufacturing costs and make colour displays brighter. “These will actually be better in terms of their color resolutions, and the displays will be better in terms of their brightness,” said Jasieniak.