OLED Screen so Flexible and Thin it Blows in the Wind

October 29 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Gadgets   Year: 2008   Rating: 4 Hot

Samsung shocked some crowds at the FPD International 2008 this year by displaying a .05mm thick OLED display. Oh, and did I mention there just “happened” to be a fan nearby that caused it to flap around? Because there was.

Called the Flapping Display, Samsung really outdid itself. In fact, one staffer at the event mentioned “It is technically possible to make the panel thinner. However, it is difficult to further reduce the thicknesses of the flexible substrates and circuit components around it.” Way to be modest. I wonder how long before OLED screens start appearing everywhere — on the sides of cars, in our phones, even on a future high-end Kindle.

One thing is for sure, OLED is going to change everything.

info from Nikkei Business Publications

Comment Thread (5 Responses)

  1. Quite amazing really. I remember watching the Minority Report which had newspapers and cereal boxes with electronic displays on them, and yet that movie was set in the 2050’s. Still, the producers had probably been advised about current trends, and of course if the tech exists in 2010 then it will still be there in 2050.

    Posted by: CptSunbeam   October 30, 2008
    Vote for this comment - Recommend

  2. I’m not quite sure how I should feel about this. On one hand, the mechanics of it all is quite amazing. But on the other hand, who wants to look at a screen that keeps flapping every time there’s a breeze. All in all, it’s pretty interesting.

    Posted by: christinep   October 31, 2008
    Vote for this comment - Recommend

  3. @ christinep I think in practice these screens won’t be suspended in midair where they would be vulnerable to knocks and breezes. These will see use as digital posters for advertising, and a whole bunch of other things we haven’t even thought of yet.

    I actually think that these displays will need a supporting structure if used for a TV or computer screen, so we’ve already exhausted the wow factor for those things – we already have the macbook air and similar products.

    Posted by: CptSunbeam   October 31, 2008
    Vote for this comment - Recommend

  4. To think in the near future you will not be picking what color wall paper you want, but what size screen you would like!

    Posted by: truthseeker2012   November 01, 2008
    Vote for this comment - Recommend

  5. @CptSunbeam Yeah, that seems way more reasonable than what I was thinking about. Most likely companies would want to use it for advertising. But still, it would be kind of cool to watch your favorite program on a really thin screen, especially if it was suspended from the ceiling. Basically, it would be like a projection.

    Posted by: christinep   November 03, 2008
    Vote for this comment - Recommend

Related content from the Future Scanner and Future Blogger