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Samsung Unveils Youm: Flexible, Bendable OLED Display

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Smartphone screens can be bendable, rollable and foldable.

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Samsung debuted Youm, its flexible, bendable and foldable OLED display for smartphones during CES 2013.

Stephen Woo, president of Samsung and Brian Berkeley, senior vice president of Samsung Display, showcased the new screen technology during the South Korean electronics giant's keynote.

The bendable OLED technology, named Youm, utilizes thin plastic as opposed to glass, subsequently allowing the display to become bendable, flexible, foldable and an almost unbreakable screen. As well as Berkeley displaying a prototype, Microsoft CTO Eric Rudder also showed a prototype Windows Phone with the flexible screen.

"This new form factor will really begin to change how people interact with their devices, opening up new lifestyle possibilities ... and allow our partners to create a whole new ecosystem of devices," said Berkele.

The Galaxy S4 is rumored to be the first Samsung device to feature an unbreakable screen.

 

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    zzz_b , January 10, 2013 6:09 PM
    Sorry, but I could not resist: NOW BEND OVER! :) 
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    zzz_b , January 10, 2013 6:09 PM
    Sorry, but I could not resist: NOW BEND OVER! :) 
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    warezme , January 10, 2013 6:25 PM
    Haven't they been dragging this tired old thing out at every tech show for the last two years??? Since then, not one product has ever been made to use a bendable screen.
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    IndignantSkeptic , January 10, 2013 6:41 PM
    So now we can finally get massive tablets that we can fold to fit in our pockets.
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    kcorp2003 , January 10, 2013 6:46 PM
    i saw this technology when OLED screens 1st make its way back in 2003.
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    adgjlsfhk , January 10, 2013 6:51 PM
    This seems less useful because even if the screen is bendable, can you make a bendable phone?
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    IndignantSkeptic , January 10, 2013 6:59 PM
    kcorp2003i saw this technology when OLED screens 1st make its way back in 2003.


    I think you're referring to when the screens couldn't be bent without permanently damaging them. Look at the videos again carefully and you'll see the screens got damaged.
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    loneninja , January 10, 2013 7:27 PM
    adgjlsfhkThis seems less useful because even if the screen is bendable, can you make a bendable phone?


    I doubt the goal is to make a flexible screen, the advantage to this screen is it would never break from dropping the phone.
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    dosdecarnitas , January 10, 2013 7:33 PM
    could that phone be the new galaxy S4?
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    tarzan2001 , January 10, 2013 7:37 PM
    adgjlsfhkThis seems less useful because even if the screen is bendable, can you make a bendable phone?


    I think it's more about the screen being able to dissipate the force of impact when dropped so that it doesn't crack, whereas a rigid glass screen absorbs most of the force and cracks.

    (I could be wrong about that. I switched from engineering into medicine because I suck at physics, so don't hate me if my explanation above is way off)! :p 
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    kewlmunky , January 10, 2013 7:40 PM
    adgjlsfhkThis seems less useful because even if the screen is bendable, can you make a bendable phone?


    Sometime last year, or maybe even in 2011, I believe nokia had a video that Toms did an article on about a bendable device using a bendable screen prototype. It showed gestures for zooming in and out on photos based on concave and convex bending. Also twisting it certain ways had functionality. The only thing they couldn't put in the device was a batter so they had it hooked up to a power source.
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    youssef 2010 , January 10, 2013 7:44 PM
    IndignantSkepticSo now we can finally get massive tablets that we can fold to fit in our pockets.


    Only themscreen is bendable and not the hardware components. I think they may make something like the Padfone 2. A compact smartphone with a foldable screen that converts that converts the phone into a tablet.
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    darkavenger123 , January 10, 2013 8:59 PM
    I want a football with bendable screen wrap all over. Don't ask me why. I just want it.
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    grndzro , January 10, 2013 9:06 PM
    You guys are forgetting price. 1000$ phone after 3 yr contract......no thanks. We won't see these in the wild for a few years yet. What's preventing a standard LCD from being on the side of a phone? No thanks I don't want a bendy LCD on my phone jacking up the cost.
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    InvalidError , January 10, 2013 10:50 PM
    grndzroWhat's preventing a standard LCD from being on the side of a phone?

    LCDs are rigid, if you want an LCD on the side, you have to add the whole thing including backlight, panel driver and all the other support stuff.

    With bendable OLED, you simply use a slightly larger screen and bend the edge. If you were going to use flexible OLED due to shatter-proof properties, bending it for edge display comes at nearly no extra cost nor complexity.

    As far as cost goes, I am quite confident OLED will get much cheaper as processes and materials mature. Silkscreening or inkjet-printing OLED panels (the holy grail for OLED manufacturing) would be much cheaper than the high-temperature vapor deposition process used for LCDs.
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    jurassic512 , January 10, 2013 11:47 PM
    loneninjaI doubt the goal is to make a flexible screen, the advantage to this screen is it would never break from dropping the phone.


    Clearly you didn't watch the video.
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    jurassic512 , January 10, 2013 11:47 PM
    tarzan2001I think it's more about the screen being able to dissipate the force of impact when dropped so that it doesn't crack, whereas a rigid glass screen absorbs most of the force and cracks.(I could be wrong about that. I switched from engineering into medicine because I suck at physics, so don't hate me if my explanation above is way off)!


    ...and neither did you.
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    jurassic512 , January 10, 2013 11:48 PM
    kcorp2003i saw this technology when OLED screens 1st make its way back in 2003.


    Oh really? So almost 10 years ago... hmm. And how many devices use this tech? I'll wait.............
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    SuckRaven , January 11, 2013 12:01 AM
    Yo ummm......... that be dope yo!
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    Cons29 , January 11, 2013 1:17 AM
    here's my take, whether it is to make a bendable phone or what, the thing is, the technology is here. so it's up to those creative minds to think of ways on how to use this technology. screen on the side is one way, for sure others will think of better ways to take advantage.

    i'd like one of these on my arm :)  even if i have to wear a bit of wire
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    guardianangel42 , January 11, 2013 8:07 AM
    SuckRavenYo ummm......... that be dope yo!


    Fo shizzle.
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