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Old 10-08-2009, 04:36 PM   #1
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Super-thin flexible OLED from Sony

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(PhysOrg.com) -- Sony is showing off prototypes incorporating its super-thin, flexible OLED technology at the CREATEC JAPAN 2009 IT and electronics trade show in Makuhari Messe (Chiba) in Japan.

Sony's new "bendable" and transparent organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology is being shown in prototypes featuring an OLED a mere 0.2 mm thick. The prototype devices are a Vaio notebook, a flexible e-book, and a Walkman bracelet.
All just prototypes of course, but interesting to see where things may be heading.
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:07 PM   #2
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Tons of research and money being poured into flexible electronics/displays. It is interesting stuff. A bit disappointing that the entire video was animated and that their prototype is just a flexible polymer pasted on the laptop with nothing displayed. Looks like they have a long way to go yet.
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:29 PM   #3
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Agreed - still a long way to go, but definitely something I expect to see readily available in the next 5 to 10 years. Just a matter of time until we have a very small device that is our phone, but would allow you to pull out the screen to a larger size for reading books or watching videos.
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:38 PM   #4
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Tons of research and money being poured into flexible electronics/displays.
As far as eReaders are concerened, I'm sure the device makers are eager to move away from eInk royalties. Not sure where this leaves a company like Amazon who seems to own little of the underling technology within their Kindle.
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The reader segment of that clip was pretty boring imo, "You mean it can TURN PAGES, egads!".

I found the bracelet MP3 player a more compelling device. If they had that in stores now they would sell a few million in the first day. I always love seeing those paper thing devices in sci-fi movies, but I think that level of thinness (a thin plastic film that acts like a mobile touch device) is awaiting nano-technology.
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As someone in the nanotech field, unfortunately, I must say that we are a long way away from when we will actually have this kind of stuff. There is a lot more that needs to be done before we even have good proof of concept devices. Flexible displays is only one half of the challenge. You also need another layer of flexible electronics underneath that can interface with it without interfering with its performance. That kind of technology is still a way aways. However it is very interesting to follow. I'm sure we'll get there eventually...just not very sure about the time frame.
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I'd probably get happy if it could roll up instead.

There use to be this show Earth Final Conflict. They had these global communicators.


And according to Gizmodo is getting there.
Note this image is just a rough idea cause it look lame as something actual.


Both actually look a little lame, but that's just poor design. Easily fixed. The part that would rock to me would be the scroll that can roll out the full or even partial screen.

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I was just gonna mention devices like that. I appreciate the difficulty of having a *fully* flexible device, but it's gotta be a different (lesser) challenge to have a solid device with a flexible screen that rolls out. I know there's at least one company (an Italian company I believe) producing something like this right now.

Those things from Earth Final Conflict are perfect examples of what I had in mind, too.
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I was just gonna mention devices like that. I appreciate the difficulty of having a *fully* flexible device, but it's gotta be a different (lesser) challenge to have a solid device with a flexible screen that rolls out. I know there's at least one company (an Italian company I believe) producing something like this right now.

Those things from Earth Final Conflict are perfect examples of what I had in mind, too.
Close to perfect. Parts of it seem to clunky. ^_^

Although I guess the camera on the front being removed would fix that.
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As far as eReaders are concerened, I'm sure the device makers are eager to move away from eInk royalties. Not sure where this leaves a company like Amazon who seems to own little of the underling technology within their Kindle.
Exactly where they are now, using their size to get competitive deals from the hardware companies they work with.
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