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Sony introduces world's first 16.7 million color flexible OLED display

Flexible displays while a novelty today, may prove to be extremely useful in many industries a few years from now. Many of the big display manufacturers are developing flexible displays such as flexible e-paper.

A number of companies working on delivering E-paper technology to the masses. LG.Philips demonstrated a 14.1-inch flexible display capable of 4,096 colors. Another company, Nempotec, demonstrated a similar display that same day.

This week Sony announced yet another world first: a flexible organic LED (OLED) display that is capable of displaying 16.7 million colors. Current OLED technology is only capable of up to a few thousand colors. Samsung and LG.Philips have flexible OLED displays too, but they are only capable of 262,000 and 16,000 colors respectively.

Sony's display is only 0.3mm thick. Since OLEDs are their own light source -- they don't require backlighting -- and manufacturers can produce extremely thin substrates. The display is 64mm in diameter, has 160x120 pixel resolution and sports a 1000:1 contrast ratio.

However, don't expect these flexible OLEDs to replace e-paper anytime soon. OLED displays require power to retain an image, whereas e-paper displays only use electricity when change is needed.  Thus, the power draw on e-paper devices is still considerably lower than OLED.

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All the possibilities!
By borowki on 5/25/2007 2:53:16 PM , Rating: 5
OLED condoms--I don't think you can get the lady geeks' hands off of it.

RE: All the possibilities!
By Alphafox78 on 5/25/2007 2:54:58 PM , Rating: 4

RE: All the possibilities!
By shaw on 5/25/07, Rating: 0
RE: All the possibilities!
By borowki on 5/25/2007 4:30:29 PM , Rating: 2
Oh no! I don't want see no swift boat veterans on my willy!

RE: All the possibilities!
By ionoxx on 5/25/2007 4:34:32 PM , Rating: 1
"Powered by Viagra" condoms... ROFL

RE: All the possibilities!
By jmunjr on 5/25/2007 7:19:50 PM , Rating: 2
Heck I need Viagra to use a condom..

RE: All the possibilities!
By dajeepster on 5/25/2007 5:57:37 PM , Rating: 3
Oh NO... what if they start advertising abstinance!?!
or cures for various VDs!!!

what kind of message would this send!?!


RE: All the possibilities!
By Scorpion on 5/25/2007 6:44:45 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, a conflict of interest.

By hannibal da mekanikabull on 5/29/2007 3:33:48 PM , Rating: 2

Hhow about, "if you can see this text, its not too late to stop!"

RE: All the possibilities!
By iAtticus on 5/26/2007 2:12:58 AM , Rating: 2
More like condoms with those, "Get tested." Aids commercials.

RE: All the possibilities!
By random123 on 5/26/2007 8:31:08 AM , Rating: 2
Speaking of possibilities, just imagining all stuff that happened with the Apple LCD's about 16 million colours happening with these OLED condoms. I can imagine it now, ppl complaining that their porn is not in 16 million colours...

RE: All the possibilities!
By DingieM on 5/29/2007 10:24:00 AM , Rating: 2
You can display an ugly genitaly disease on such a display, that would make sexists think twice...

By AmpedSilence on 5/25/2007 3:15:58 PM , Rating: 2
does this mean that a Minority report type future (as far as ads are considered) a possibility? I think i would go crazy if that is true.

I guess i would more like to see the computer screens they had in 'Red Planet' or 'Mission to Mars' (or some other crappy mars movie that i can't remember right now). Those screens would be cool.

RE: So...
By MattCoz on 5/25/2007 3:39:42 PM , Rating: 2
Was there ever any doubt?

RE: So...
By Mazzer on 5/25/2007 5:34:00 PM , Rating: 3
It probably wont take until 2054 to have it everywhere either.
Image how this will change things. Your New York Time real time updates so people can live in fear 24/7. When a really big event happens they can sell ad space on the page right before they release the information so everyone knows who is sponsoring this horrific news event. In schools after kids finish their cursive lesson they get to watch a clip of Shrek the Third and they get a special coloring page. In High School if you get A's on the test you submitted over your e paper you get special discounts on Ipods and Itunes. Best of all our schools get paid to turn everything into advertisements.

RE: So...
By Armorize on 5/25/2007 6:53:30 PM , Rating: 2
I like the way you think. I estimate that this will take about 3 years at the most to be fully put into effect, fasten your seatbelts because the next few years are going to pwn with all these new tech revolutions that will most likely reach mainstream faster then britney and lindsey on a drug binge.

RE: So...
By DarkElfa on 5/28/2007 10:24:10 AM , Rating: 2
See, I'm thinking that you could buy a pre-formatted newspaper made of this stuff that you could fold up after you read it every morning and then it just updates to the next days news over night. Then the papers stay in business and the need for actual paper is taken away.

An environmental saver!

This could also work for magazines and think of school uses. Just add a stylus and there ya go! One piece does it all and no more notebooks.

burn out?
By Alphafox78 on 5/25/2007 2:52:52 PM , Rating: 3
I would be curious as to burn in and lifespan on these. last I heard they didnt last all that long, at least for use in commercial apps.

RE: burn out?
By jkresh on 5/25/2007 3:45:52 PM , Rating: 2
Red and Green last the same as LCD or plasma, blue is about half that but they are working on it.

RE: burn out?
By djtodd on 5/25/2007 3:47:46 PM , Rating: 2
Actually they've made good advances in the blue led, which iirc had a considerably shorter lifespan than the others.

I doubt it take very long before this technology matures. The market is there I think, especially with all the green initiatives out there considering the power savings involved.

Plus, hey they look very nice.

Click on the image to enlarge
By cheetah2k on 5/25/2007 10:43:10 PM , Rating: 4
.... by 0.1%

Come on guys.....

By hannibal da mekanikabull on 5/29/2007 8:05:24 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... megapost !

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