Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Fully flexible screens with no distortion will be on the market within two years thanks to Samsung

Samsung has just unveiled a 7-inch ultra-flexible display that runs at a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. This makes it suitable for most portable gaming needs, and is exactly the right crispness for digital tv.

What makes this piece of technology remarkable, though, is the fact that the plastic substrate Samsung has developed for this screen can bend without changing thickness. Up till now, flexible screens have suffered from distortion wherever the screen bends.

The breakthrough process comes from using low-heat in the manufacture of the panels. Two panels are bound together to ensure that the thickness doesn't change.

The obvious uses for such screens are in the consumer electronics fields. Expect portable DVD players, cellphones, gaming devices and laptops. More esoteric applications would include car windscreens, digital clothing, and interactive tablecloths.

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