updated 12:59 pm EDT, Wed May 16, 2012
Russian-funded company to look to licensing, technology partnerships
E-paper and device maker Plastic Logic revealed on Wednesday that it will stop plans to release a branded e-book reader using its own advanced e-paper display, SlashGear revealed. Instead, the company will turn its attention to developing license and technology partnerships in order to get its rugged plastic displays into devices made by other companies. As part of the announcement, the US development facility will be shut down, though a research and development center is expected to open in Russia.
The company may bring its expertise to replace traditional paper, make rugged displays, and flexible plastic electronics for large and small displays. Exactly who will partner with the company isn't yet known, but the company said it was approached by several device makers. There are a number of options, including licensing, though it's not guaranteed that a third-party device will be released using a Plastic Logic display.
Plastic Logic decided to stop work on its Que ProReader back in 2010, and an education-oriented Plastic Logic 100 with a 10.7-inch display had a limited run in Russia.