Researchers from the Queen’s University Human Media Lab recently unveiled the ReFlex, a smartphone prototype featuring a flexible and surprisingly functional display. By combining a bendable LG OLED display from LG with both multitouch input and bend sensors, the device is able to detect the degree to which a user bends the device in either one or two directions. Not only that, but the device can trigger tactile feedback based on specific use-case scenarios.
Late last month, Samsung confirmed that it will start mass production of flexible displays this year. The first set of screens will come off the line in the second or third quarter of 2012, with the second batch will be built in the second quarter of 2013. The South Korean manufacturer has dabbled with contoured displays in the past, however a flexible display could allow a device to be fully folded and unfolded like a book. According to Samsung, the displays are capable of decreasing power consumption by cutting the supply of operating power to a display based on the degree to which it is bent, PatentBolt reported on Monday. In a recent patent filing, the company states that flexible displays are bendable, can be made to appear crooked, and can be folded and rolled up like a magazine, all while maintaining the visibility and other features common among flat displays. More →
Despite being 27% thinner, a series of stress tests show that the glass covering Apple’s iPad 2 display is significantly stronger and more flexible than the glass used on the original iPad. The team at Apple product repair shop iFixYouri took it upon themselves to put glass display covers from the original iPad and the iPad 2 through a series of abusive stress tests, and the results are pretty remarkable. We’ve already spoiled the ending but watching the iPad 2 glass survive these torture tests is pretty impressive to say the least. Hit the break for the video and please, don’t try this at home. More →
Samsung Mobile Display to showcase 4.5-inch flexible AMOLED, 19-inch transparent AMOLED displays at CES
Today, via a brief press blast, Samsung Mobile Display announced its big intentions for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Sammy’s mobile display unit hopes to make a splash with two, very distinctive products: a 4.5-inch WVGA flexible AMOLED display and a 19-inch qFHD transparent AMOLED display. As Samsung explains:
SMD is presenting a prototype of the most advanced flexible AMOLED display. Only 2mm thick, the 4.5 inch flexible AMOLED runs at a WVGA 800 x 480 resolution and can be rolled down to a one centimeter radius.
At WVGA, this new concept prototype offers a display resolution four times that of the previous most flexible AMOLED prototype in the industry, thanks to the use of a new plastic substrate that can withstand the 450-500 degree temperatures required in the manufacturing process.
SMD is showing the world’s first large transparent AMOLED Display prototype, designed for use in applications from PC monitors to TVs.
Whether the prototype AMOLED display is turned off or on, it maintains up to a 30% transparency. The average amount of transparency elsewhere has been below 10 percent.
SMD’s transparent AMOLED prototype provides the highest resolution on a transparent large screen TV (over 19 inches) or monitor display.
Look for more information about the two displays next week on January 5th. More →
Yesterday, we told you about a 7-inch Super AMOLED screen Samsung Mobile Display will purportedly be showing off at this month’s FPD-International conference. Today, Korean site samsungamoled.net is reporting that the electronics company will also debut a 4.5-inch, flexible, AMOLED display at the meeting. The WVGA screen will have a 800 x 480 resolution and has a radius of 1cm. Hit the read link for the full article. More →
Phil McKinney, VP and CTO for HP’s Personal Systems Group, was at the MobileBeat 2010 conference on Monday showcasing some of HP’s innovative products. One product receiving a good amount of attention is a low-power, mylar-based flexible display capable of playing video. McKinney offered a tantalizing morsel for webOS diehards by stating that “these are the kinds of display technologies that will change what we think of in form factors, both in products from Palm with flexible displays, and with HP.” Good news for Palm and webOS supporters as these comments indicate again that HP is in for the long haul with webOS and is looking to integrate the mobile OS into products that are coming soon as well as those that are years away. More →