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Samsung's Stunning Flexible AMOLED for Q2 2012

By - Source: Engadget | B 30 comments

Wrap your mind around these.

We've seen Samsung's flexible AMOLED demonstrated at various trade shows, which impressed us to no end each and every time we saw it. According to a translated Korean report, Samsung has partnered with Japanese company Ube Kosan for the production materials and could be mass producing these wondrous things by Q2 2012.

We're not exactly sure what consumer-level applications there will be for flexible screens, but perhaps we'll be seeing some crazy curved phones, tablets and media players next year.

Samsung Flexible AMOLED

Samsung Flexible AMOLED

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    scook9 , June 14, 2011 5:13 PM
    phone that you literally fold up and put in your pocket :D 
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    cybr , June 14, 2011 5:19 PM
    yep, flexi-phone you can just put in your pocket and not worry about breaking it!
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    sinfulpotato , June 14, 2011 5:20 PM
    Make it transparent and roll up into a pen sized device. Then I can play future space man for real.
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    tmax , June 14, 2011 5:36 PM
    Cool but, I am still waiting for OLED TV.
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    genghiskron , June 14, 2011 5:39 PM
    invention (disclosed here june 14 2011): dynamic discoball for nightclubs. sphere covered in flex amoleds capable of full range display. display processor contained inside sphere. in a seperate embodiment, the same concept could be used for a dynamic globe.

    invention 2: morphographic imagery (mostly porn). area underneath screen is an array of rods that can each raise or lower beneath the screen and can be controlled individually (rods would optimally be linked to a maximum adjacent separation to avoid literal screen tearing). areas of screen could be raised or lowered to take on shapes that match the displayed imagery (for example, 2 mounds could be raised in the screen at the location of breasts) the invention would add tactile feedback to appropriate media (could be used in conjunction with variable texture surfacing as is being developed for touch screens)
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    genghiskron , June 14, 2011 5:46 PM
    also, these screens could be potentially used for active camoflauge for organisms or vehicles, or simply entertaining clothing.

    360 degree coffee mug display

    a flex tv could allow for a wider viewing angle for crowds, or a narrower one for privacy.

    a flag could be made of flex amoleds and displayed outside the un, where it cycles through the flags of all member nations.
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    NightLight , June 14, 2011 5:59 PM
    @ genghiskron : patent ? :p 
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    tomate2 , June 14, 2011 6:19 PM
    i totally dig a e reader with flexible display...
    get it out and read a couple of articles books or get yourself updated with the newspaper
    it will feel like reading from a paper
    when done put it in your bag or a folder without worrying it will break!
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    huron , June 14, 2011 6:34 PM
    Is it foldable or flexible. I'm not going to lie, I would love it to be foldable, but is is there yet?
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    ikyung , June 14, 2011 6:55 PM
    E paper. In 20 years we won't be using paper.
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    geofry , June 14, 2011 6:57 PM
    yay we get it it's real, but enough already make a product I can actually buy please!

    OLED has been the next big thing for ten years now.
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    old_newbie , June 14, 2011 7:33 PM
    One large curved monitor for my desk, please.
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    Anonymous , June 14, 2011 7:39 PM
    Cylindrical kiosks at the mall. Rotating ads means more ad revenue. Through in touch sensors and you getting more ad revenue because "touchable ads" could then direct you to the appropriate location in the mall. (Or more in depth ads.)

    When you Steve Jobs shows off these ads on a cylindrical iPhone, remind me to sue him.
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    alidan , June 14, 2011 8:11 PM
    for one, you cant fold these. you can roll them, but not fold them.

    second, the application i want most is a screen that don't break if its dropped for 6 feet on concrete. i don't care about scratched, but break is not acceptable.

    every one comes up with such un practical applications for these screens. like see through... what would the point be besides being "cool" and expensive, most of the time (if not all) you would be looking at your hand or lap. putting a flat screen in your pocket? no, that would be un practical, basically forever, because of the high chance to tear the product, ruin your cloths while taking it out, or the batteries needed to store. it would be more practical to make it a wristband at that point, with the batteries part by your palm side, controlling how tight it is, and on the back side, displaying time, a phone, video amongst other things, most likely for spots people who want to keep track of vital sings portably.

    what im saying is please, dont think of 15-25 years down the line, think of the now, its more exciting that way. and also dont think of stupid ideas, like a clear scree, think of practical applications.
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    ferelden , June 14, 2011 8:32 PM
    if you wrapped a bunch of these on a tank or humvee and the led displayed shifting images corresponding to the area and ground it is on would that qualify as cloaking technology?
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    becherovka , June 14, 2011 8:34 PM
    extension of your phone screen is practical
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    pangedit , June 14, 2011 8:49 PM
    Theyve been showing these since forever. I remember seeing these being shown back in like 2008 or something. They still havent done anything with it.
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    zybch , June 14, 2011 9:31 PM
    Sony had one of these literally years ago. Still cool though.
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    christop , June 14, 2011 9:44 PM
    Massive curved monitor for my desktop...
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    mcd023 , June 14, 2011 10:23 PM
    can't wait to get one of these for a computer monitor. I love my focus' contrast.
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