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New LG flexible OLED can roll up like a newspaper

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Jul 2014 8:51 User comments (5)

New LG flexible OLED can roll up like a newspaper LG has developed a new 18-inch flexible OLED that can roll up like a newspaper.
The display has a resolution of 1200 x 810 but most impressively can be rolled up like a paper, sporting a 3cm radius.

While still in prototype, LG is confident that the displays will be available on large HDTVs in the near future. Says the company: "We are confident that by 2017, we will successfully develop an Ultra HD flexible and transparent OLED panel of more than 60 inches."

At that size, the displays would be much larger than anything we have seen to date. Curved displays have been used on a few smartphones but there has been no real practical use for them. Full flexible displays have been shown off in sizes ranging from 1 to 4 inches.



Many in the corporate world are excited for such displays as it would make presentations easier, especially when traveling where traditional screens may not be available.

Source:
Tom's Hardware

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5 user comments

116.7.2014 01:54

the real question here is how many time can you roll it up before it begins to deteriorate.

A TV that you could roll up like and old projector screen would be awesome sauce.

216.7.2014 10:42

I'm still not seeing why manufacturers are on this curved-screen train.

What would it be practical for?

Large screens and hdtv? Maybe as long as you're sitting directly in front of them. If you're someone sitting off to the side then you're screwed.

Smartphones? They're small. What's to be gained from having a curved screen vs. a flat screen? It seems like it's only serve to form fit people's rear ends and ultimately end up with many phones getting crushed from people sitting on them more.

Workstation or gaming monitors? I could see where it would fit in as having a single curved screen monitor replace multiple flat screens. But then people are also going to have to consider what happens when an issue arises with the monitor.

Running a multi monitor setup, if one goes down you can still keep working/gaming on the others until you secure a replacement. If your single ultra wide screen goes down then you're s.o.l.

316.7.2014 14:24

The benefits for smartphones and tablets are more practical. Instead of cracking when you drop your phone the screen will bend. As strong as gorilla glass is when a phone or tablet is dropped a certain way you know what the end result is.

416.7.2014 16:47

I want one!

Newspapers on this would be crazy cool! Just like Back To the Future!

523.7.2014 07:57

Originally posted by bhetrick:
I'm still not seeing why manufacturers are on this curved-screen train.

What would it be practical for?

Large screens and hdtv? Maybe as long as you're sitting directly in front of them. If you're someone sitting off to the side then you're screwed.

Smartphones? They're small. What's to be gained from having a curved screen vs. a flat screen? It seems like it's only serve to form fit people's rear ends and ultimately end up with many phones getting crushed from people sitting on them more.

Workstation or gaming monitors? I could see where it would fit in as having a single curved screen monitor replace multiple flat screens. But then people are also going to have to consider what happens when an issue arises with the monitor.

Running a multi monitor setup, if one goes down you can still keep working/gaming on the others until you secure a replacement. If your single ultra wide screen goes down then you're s.o.l.

Have you even seen a curved UHDTV in the 50 - 60 inch range? Huh, have you even seen one? Cuz you nailed it my friend, lol

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