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Displays created with new process would be transparent

The big benefit of producing displays using organic compounds is that the organic screens are flexible. The flexible nature of organic screens, typically made from carbon materials, is that the screens can be easily molded to follow the contours of a surface.

Reuters reports that researchers announced this week that they have devised a new way to make large-scale flexible displays that can be fitted to the contours of a bus, but are transparent. This would allow for video advertising on the displays, but passengers in the bus could still see out the windows.

The project was funded in part by Ford as a way to design brake lights that would conform to the contours of a car. The breakthrough could also be used to produce devices for medical use like imaging devices that can wrap around a patient like a blanket.

John Rogers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign told Reuters, "If you look at these giant billboard displays along the road side, those are made out of inorganic light emitting diodes (LEDs). Our feeling is those systems are quite impressive. The question became is it possible to take that technology and use it in a non-billboard format."

The current technology used to create screens using inorganic materials produces LED lights that have to be arranged individually with a robotic arm. The organic materials can be sprayed or painted onto a film. The catch for inorganic materials is that they are not as bright or durable as traditional LEDs.

Reuters reports that the team of researchers made their breakthrough by building LEDs on a thin film layer that was later dissolved by a chemical. After the film was dissolved, the LEDs left behind were stamped onto a glass, plastic, or rubber surface much as an ink stamp works.

Rogers told Reuters, "The new approach can lift large numbers of small, thin LEDs from the wafer in one step, and then print them onto a substrate in another step."

Once stamped onto a substrate, the LEDs can be connected with wires in a conventional process like the one used to wire computer chips today. The LEDs are bright enough that they can be placed far apart making the panel nearly transparent. This is the second breakthrough in flexible electronics this week, a team of researchers made a breakthrough allowing electrons and holes to flow in one layer this week.


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HUD
By invidious on 8/21/2009 11:03:19 AM , Rating: 5
I really hope to see OLEDs lead to widespread use of heads up displays on things like eyeglasses and car windshilelds.




RE: HUD
By MrWho on 8/21/2009 11:14:48 AM , Rating: 5
I, for one, need a frag count on my car's windshield - It's getting boring to paint a little figure of an old lady on the side of my car each time I hit one.


RE: HUD
By Trisagion on 8/21/2009 12:15:16 PM , Rating: 5
Occasional zoom in motivational messages like 'Flawless Victory!' while doing that would also be nice.


RE: HUD
By StevoLincolnite on 8/21/2009 2:34:27 PM , Rating: 4
Nah... more like: "Double kill!", "Triple Kill", "Granny killing spree!".


RE: HUD
By MrPickins on 8/21/2009 3:07:58 PM , Rating: 4
I would prefer Carmageddon's messages:

Splatter Bonus, Artistic Statement bonus, Cunning Stunt bonus, ect


RE: HUD
By BladeVenom on 8/21/2009 6:43:16 PM , Rating: 2
"The big score: anyone, any sex, over 75 years old has been upped to 100 points."


RE: HUD
By FITCamaro on 8/22/2009 9:54:46 AM , Rating: 2
I think that last one should be flipped around....

Stunning _unt.


RE: HUD
By randomly on 8/22/2009 2:38:27 PM , Rating: 2
Yes.. that's what the original pun was...

I don't think you need to explain the joke next time, most people got it.


RE: HUD
By alanmcm55 on 8/22/2009 11:45:09 PM , Rating: 3
There was a comedian on UK tv 30 years ago who had a female airhead bimbo character called Cupid Stunt.

That was considered risque 30 years ago. And nobody needed the joke explained, even back then.


RE: HUD
By G2cool on 8/24/2009 10:43:49 AM , Rating: 3
I'll be honest.. that went right over my head. Thanks FIT


RE: HUD
By restless on 8/23/2009 1:56:05 AM , Rating: 2
you forgot "Fa1ali1y" :D


RE: HUD
By FITCamaro on 8/22/2009 9:53:43 AM , Rating: 4
Nah I just want a display on my rear window that's programmable. So when people are tailgating me I can put "Back the f*ck off." up there.


RE: HUD
By Nobleman00 on 8/22/2009 4:21:39 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
Nah I just want a display on my rear window that's programmable. So when people are tailgating me I can put "Back the f*ck off." up there.


You do know they have this right?

http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/car/afe6/

theinvective.blogspot.com


RE: HUD
By InternetGeek on 8/21/2009 11:17:50 AM , Rating: 2
A HUD is a nice idea, however I wouldn't want to be distracted by something that kind of takes a first plane to other moving objects around me.

I know pilots have HUDs, but pilots follow the rules way better than drivers.

This would rock if they used them to provide much thinner dashboards in order to increase inner space.


RE: HUD
By nafhan on 8/21/2009 11:41:08 AM , Rating: 5
Since your eyes wouldn't need to leave the road, a well designed HUD should be less distracting than the instrument panel in most vehicles. Incidentally, that's why pilots have them: to reduce, not increase, distraction.


RE: HUD
By therealnickdanger on 8/21/2009 11:55:32 AM , Rating: 3
The HUD in the C6 Corvette is rad. It's not as sweet and high-tech as an OLED, but it's still very useful.

http://www.automotiveaddicts.com/magazine/images/2...


RE: HUD
By bplewis24 on 8/21/2009 12:19:22 PM , Rating: 5
Your use of the word "rad" in 2009 is pretty fresh.

Brandon


RE: HUD
By therealnickdanger on 8/21/2009 1:34:54 PM , Rating: 5
I never stopped using it. ;-)


RE: HUD
By amanojaku on 8/21/2009 1:38:28 PM , Rating: 5
Word to your mother.


RE: HUD
By ZmaxDP on 8/21/2009 4:45:26 PM , Rating: 2
Period.


RE: HUD
By CZroe on 8/22/2009 2:59:05 AM , Rating: 2
"Tubular," "gnarly," "excellent," "radical," and all 'at.


RE: HUD
By Koder on 8/21/2009 6:06:16 PM , Rating: 3
There's nothing rad about going 0Mph in a Vette!
Vroom Vrooom!


RE: HUD
By FITCamaro on 8/22/2009 9:56:00 AM , Rating: 3
They've had that option in GM vehicles since the 80s.


RE: HUD
By probedb on 8/21/2009 12:52:36 PM , Rating: 2
Totally agree, unfortunately there don't seem to be many aftermarket ones about, I can only see Defi making one and that's not great.


RE: HUD
By BZDTemp on 8/21/2009 11:32:29 AM , Rating: 4
Sweet. Finally I can have a working pair of peril-sensitive sunglasses :-)

Once the tech gets real cheap the options are endless. Give me a mug with the picture of the day, a room where the walls are the colour and pattern matches you mood/music, the colour of doors can change to tell if a room is in use... (Patent pending LOL)


RE: HUD
By SiN on 8/21/2009 12:16:42 PM , Rating: 2
whats a windshileld? i thought it was a windscreen o0


RE: HUD
By acer905 on 8/21/2009 12:53:43 PM , Rating: 2
Don't worry, just different English. Windshield is for people who think the word color should never have a u in it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windshield#Terminolog...


RE: HUD
By grath on 8/21/2009 6:12:44 PM , Rating: 2
So who would win in a fight, armor or armour?


RE: HUD
By InternetGeek on 8/21/09, Rating: -1
RE: HUD
By sld on 8/22/2009 11:13:42 AM , Rating: 5
amore


Can the back of my car be a big display?
By jimbojimbo on 8/21/2009 11:30:59 AM , Rating: 5
I'd like to show text on the back of my car saying things like "You're turn signal's on, jackass" or "Turn off your high beams or I'll shoot them out."




RE: Can the back of my car be a big display?
By CurseTheSky on 8/21/2009 11:49:26 AM , Rating: 2
"Oh, that's you revving your engine behind me? I thought it was an angry swarm of bees with digestion issues."

If I can fit all that, I'm sold.


By FITCamaro on 8/22/2009 9:59:16 AM , Rating: 2
Haha.

How about, "My farts are powerful than that exhaust note and sound the same"

"Your cylinders are misfiring. I'm not hearing 5,6,7, and 8"


RE: Can the back of my car be a big display?
By amanojaku on 8/21/2009 12:34:01 PM , Rating: 3
I'd like a giant middle finger. On straights it would point straight up, and when I turn the finger would go up and down in time to my blinker.


By Tsuwamono on 8/21/2009 1:22:07 PM , Rating: 3
I'd like "Your math is flawed, my Jeep is 4000lbs and your civic is 2500, get off my ass"


By randomposter on 8/21/2009 3:15:54 PM , Rating: 2
A display on the back of my car would be cool (and incidentally they're already available ... google and you shall find), but I'd much rather have the ability to project messages onto the windshields of other vehicles around me. If some twat is going 5 under the limit in front of me in the fast lane, being able to display things on back of my own car isn't terribly useful.


RE: Can the back of my car be a big display?
By PrinceGaz on 8/22/2009 12:02:01 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
I'd like to show text on the back of my car saying things like " You're turn signal's on, jackass" or "Turn off your high beams or I'll shoot them out."


If you displayed that, I'd overtake you and set my display to show "It's 'Your', not 'You're', jackass!"


By samoya22 on 8/24/2009 10:23:49 AM , Rating: 2
I thought I was the only one who cared about language anymore...


By totallycool on 8/24/2009 1:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
And then we can all be ticketed for SMSing while driving :P


Of course, it's a short step to animated ads
By wildcatherder on 8/21/2009 11:43:15 AM , Rating: 5
Oh, that's just great. With soon-to-be-animated wrap-around displays on buses the entire highway will be filled with garish displays rivaling downtown Tokyo. Not to mention "clever" back of the car comments being "texted" by drivers of moving vehicles. The brake lights sound like a good idea. More billboards, moving billboards, we do NOT need.




By 9nails on 8/21/2009 1:25:40 PM , Rating: 3
Animated Bus Ad's - because cell phones, mocha latte's, and fast food isn't enough of a distraction for the modern driver.

For the first ad, I think it should be a population control sponsor. Maybe a weapons manufacture. It would be fitting.


A Hammock of Cake
By rs1 on 8/21/2009 2:26:41 PM , Rating: 5
Seriously, "bus-sized displays"? What kind of unit of measurement is that? Are we talking about those double-decker London buses? Greyhound buses? Those little shuttle-bus things that Google uses to ferry their employees around?




RE: A Hammock of Cake
By Aeonic on 8/21/2009 2:46:07 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, "bus shaped" would have been better probably. They already LED displays much much larger than any bus, here's one.

http://www.ledinside.com/displayLED_Installs_The_L...

And in Dubai they're planning on a 33 story building with an LED display as the facade:

http://gizmodo.com/5059308/the-worlds-largest-led-...


This could be used as a cloaking device!
By dark matter on 8/21/2009 4:08:53 PM , Rating: 2
This could be used as a cloaking device. If they can fix cameras into it on the opposite side then the object in the middle appears to be transparent!!




RE: This could be used as a cloaking device!
By Gzus666 on 8/21/2009 5:11:17 PM , Rating: 2
Or they could just stick with the cloaking technology they already have since it works pretty well and doesn't require cameras.


By Mojo the Monkey on 8/21/2009 6:33:40 PM , Rating: 1
link?


By Gzus666 on 8/21/2009 9:26:36 PM , Rating: 1
By Belard on 8/21/2009 7:09:37 PM , Rating: 2
Yep...

It wont be perfect, but it would work to some degree.


not so good
By xDrift0rx on 8/21/2009 11:45:56 AM , Rating: 3
Now you can buy an organic LED license plate and change the numbers randomly and run red lights all day!

Only 19.95*! order now and we'll include a second one free! Never worry about getting nasty tickets in the mail again.

*8.95 shipping charge is not included




RE: not so good
By SpaceJumper on 8/21/2009 3:07:27 PM , Rating: 1
Thanks for giving away your great idea. I will try to make this product in the near future.

Well, soon, vehicles will be using RFID for the license number.


RE: not so good
By dark matter on 8/21/2009 4:11:10 PM , Rating: 2
Too late, I have just filed the patent!

Suckers!


Bladerunner
By HaB1971 on 8/21/2009 11:02:03 AM , Rating: 4
Now they can have huge signs on blimps telling us about how thrilling the adventure is to live in the off world colonies... or some ad for an ambulance chasing lawyer... take your pick




Finally!
By Gzus666 on 8/21/2009 12:55:15 PM , Rating: 2
I can make my flexible LED bus.




God help us all.
By Earthmonger on 8/21/2009 1:48:13 PM , Rating: 2
I can already envision the headline that will arise from the first video-bus:

Billy Mays Rides The Bus




Windshield HUD
By pityme on 8/21/2009 2:07:19 PM , Rating: 2
Windshield HUD is great. I have one on my 2000 Pontiac GP and I do not understand why they did away with them. No troubles for 10 years 145000 miles with HUD. Friends that drive my car love the HUD. It is a projector and in very direct evening/morning sun it washes out but so do my eyes then anyway.




By PAPutzback on 8/21/2009 2:59:15 PM , Rating: 2
Either to tell the idiot in the passing lane to either pass or get the hell off the road.

Or when a car zips thru my neighborhood to fast I want to shoot an image of a kid darting into the road.




By Codeman03xx on 8/21/2009 5:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah someone would be dumb enough to put an image or video that blends into the surrounding. Then you would have an invisible bus, think about a hunting commercial while the bus is driving in the woods... O.o




bwuh?
By jlips6 on 8/22/2009 12:39:58 AM , Rating: 2
wait so these aren't OLED's, they're just LED's that use organic materials?
hubhubhwuhs?




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