Our visions of cheap electronic paper may finally come to fruition, if scientists at Stanford University and the University of California, Los Angeles have their way.

A joint team from the two universities just published a paper in the journal Nature, which outlines a new technique for mass producing single-crystal organic transistors (previously, the transistors had to be made by hand). According to the researchers, they can print transistors on silicon wafers and flexible plastic, meaning that soon it may be possible to print external inexpensive sensors for commercial products like future generations of LCDs. Exciting times, people, exciting times.

Funding sponsors of the research include the Bell Labs Graduate Research Fellowship, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation’s Center on Polymeric Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies, and the Stanford School of Engineering.