Your next kindle or e-reader could be powered by silk thanks to a discovery made by researchers at Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University. The researchers there discovered that they could employ liquid silk, a natural protein fiber normally used in textiles, as insulating membranes for flexible TFTs.
According to professor Hwang Jenn-Chang, the membrane may increase the speed and performance of an e-reader’s transistors. The benefit of using silk as an insulating medium for future TFTs is primarily in cost: the material would only cost US $0.03 per device!
Tsing Hua researchers are currently looking to market their findings to manufacturers and in the near future, we may be able to buy e-readers at a fraction of the cost today.