[ExI] foldup PCs, TVs
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Sun Oct 5 05:13:19 UTC 2008
Screen Could Lead to Foldable Computers
CHRIS IRVINE - Telegraph (U.K.)
Researchers have demonstrated a flexible television screen which
could result in people folding up their computer and putting it in
The design could be used for television and posters, as well as
computers, while it could also pave the way for the development of
newspaper display technology which would allow readers to upload
daily news to an easy-to-carry display contraption.
The concept demo was unveiled by researchers from Sony and the Max
Planck Institute in Germany who believe "Rigid television screens,
bulky laptops and still image posters are to be a thing of the past".
It is all organic, flexible and transparent with an extremely low
energy requirement, while it has an almost unlimited viewing angle
and high efficiency.
There is no need for a backlight and response times are up to 10
times fast than LCDs (liquid crystal displays), meaning ultra-smooth
motion without blurring.
Due to the transparency, it is thought multiple layers can be stacked
possibly for some types of 3D effects.
Previous attempts at flexible screens are hampered by size and
resolution problems, while the image was also affected when the
screen was folded.
Moving images on posters, seen in films such as Minority Report could
also be a possibility, as well as cereal boxes with talking images.
Researchers told the Journal of Physics: "The displays have excellent
brightness and are transparent, bendable and flexible.
"There are practically no display size limitations and they could be
produced relatively easily and cheaply compared to today's screens."
In 2006, Sony demonstrated an earlier version of this work, but
technical, mechanical and design issues prevented them from mass
producing the previous model.
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