Electronic paper, which promises to change the face of publishing and save forests, came closer to reality on Wednesday as scientists revealed a super-thin, flexible electronic-ink display screen.

Just 0.012 inch thick, the device developed by researchers at E Ink Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, can be flexed without distorting the type and paves the way for electronic newspapers, wearable computer screens and smart identity cards.

“It’s the closest thing demonstrated today to electronic paper,” Yu Chen, an electrical engineer at E Ink and a visiting scientist at Princeton University in New Jersey, told Reuters.

When it is fully developed e-paper will be able to display black and white and color text using wireless technology.

Buying the daily newspaper will no longer be necessary because with e-paper it will be updated wirelessly or through the Internet.

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