Philips Polymer Vision used CES 2006 as
a showcase for its rollable display technology. The display was shown
running a version of the Windows Mobile operating system which is used
on PocketPCs and Smartphones.
is a 5” QVGA monochrome display with 4 shades of gray and features a
10:1 contrast ratio. Considering that this is a first generation
device, there is room for improvement in the form of higher contrast
ratios, high-quality color reproduction and larger panel sizes.
The building blocks for such a display is actually deep rooted in LCD
TFT displays. However, rather than using a glass substrate with a
backlight source, the PV-QML5 has no backlight and relies on the high
contrast properties of the materials used. The TFT is also printed on a flexible
plastic cover rather than a glass substrate which allows it to bend
The possibilities for this display
technology are endless. Imagine for example eyeglasses made of this material. You
could have your own HUD displaying sports scores, weather information
and stocks as you walk down the street. It may even be possible to
stitch the flexible display into clothing allowing people to serve as
mobile, dynamic advertising vessels. These thin and flexible displays
are the wave of the future so it's only a matter of time before more
companies join the fray to make production of such technology feasible
for large scale deployment.