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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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So...
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.


"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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