Fujitsu has just announced a new form of “bendable color electronic paper,” one that maintains its image without electricity.

While Fujitsu sees it as a medium for price tags, menus and advertisements inside trains, it seems to me this would be ideal for low-power-consumption wireless mobile devices used largely to display text and static images (smart paper technology can’t yet refresh fast enough for appealing animations). It also has obvious uses in wearable systems, as well as for “environmental” displays on walls, tables, and the like.

The target for commercial release is late 2006-early 2007. The question, of course, is how much it will cost.

via World Changing