Is this the next step for the cellular phone?
Some screens rotate, some are flip flop and some dual-screened, so who wouldn’t want a flexible screen display. With a flexible display, we’ll be able to bend our phones, roll or fold them. This isn’t far from happening, but also not too soon enough. Some companies gave a try with the flexible screen concept, like Nokia’s Kinetic Interface, LG’s flexible e-paper (new line of e-readers, tablets and electronic newspapers) or Samsung’s Youm.
LG appears to be the first to put into production with the “world’s first” plastic electronic display (EPD). The screen measures 6 inches diagonally and has a 1,024×768 pixel resolution. It can bend at a range of 40 degrees from the center of the screen, and is also one-third thinner and weighs in at 14 grams.
At the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2011, Samsung showed off a 4.5 inch screen that’s less than 0.3 mm thick and featured a 800×480 pixel resolution the flexible AMOLED prototype. Youm, thin, next generation screens which are so malleable you can bend it into a wave or arc. Samsung claims it is “unbreakable”. And maybe it’s too soon to expect a flexible display from the upcoming Galaxy S4, but one analyst says Samsung may still surprise us.
On March 5 to 8, Tokyo, TOPPAN Printing Co., Ltd., (one of the world’s leading suppliers of printing technology) showcased, the first flexible, reflective digital signage module over 40” size in the world. TOPPAN Printing has been developing large-area EPD signage since 2004, and has extensive expertise in various applications. Plastic Logic has been in the lead in the development of flexible EPD based on OTFTs since 2007.
The future of phones seems good with these bendable screens.