How would you like to be able to roll up your tablet or phone like a map or ancient scroll? Well, according to Samsung that’s not such a far fetched idea like you would think.
Samsung has given us a sneak peek of this flexible phone at a keynote speech last week during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Head of Samsung Electronics Co.’s display lab in San Jose, Calif., Brian Berkeley, demonstrated a phone that was the size of a matchbox with a paper-thin, flexible color screen attached to it. The screen, at this point, can be bent all the way around into a tube.
The screen uses organic light-emitting diodes or OLEDs. This colorful and bright screen only needs a thin layer of these chemicals to work. They are actually used in many of Samsung phones already. For this new phone, Samsung laid the chemicals over a thin plastic instead of glass.
It may not work though. For one, it would be really rough to use a touch screen when it could bend away from you. Another key factor to be mentioned is that these OLED’s are extremely sensitive to oxygen, so it is completely necessary for them to be sealed off from air. Engineers are stumped on have to keep these flexible displays permanently airtight. Samsung’s screens can just bend, they are not yet flexible enough to fold.
Samsung has not said when the flexible displays would be available to the public.
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