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LG Preps Unbreakable OLED displays

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LG is rumored to be preparing the production of unbreakable, flexible OLED displays in the near future.

The company apparently is building a flexible OLED screen production line for about $176 million. The factory will reportedly produce 730 × 460 mm displays, but there is no information about when production will start. Some reports put the production beginning at the end of this year, but more conservative estimates state that LG will not be able to manufacture flexible OLED screens until 2013 or even 2014.

Unbreakable OLED displays could be used in future gadgets such as smartphones and tablets, wearable electronics as well as custom shaped consumer electronics such as a new generation of TVs. In separate news, LG is rumored to soon be launching 55-inch OLED TVs in the U.S. At $8,000 or $9,000, the TVs may be insanely expensive, but a bargain for those who value being the first to have their hands on new technology. Remember Sharp's 108-inch LCD TV that was shown at CES and shipped in small numbers to selected customers? That TV went for $180,000 initially.

It is unlikely that we will be seeing those flexible OLED displays in any application at least until 2013, but there is reason to believe that there is considerable room for product innovation that could ring in a new era of consumer electronics.

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    HDmac , May 14, 2012 2:45 AM
    Unbreakable?

    Challenge Accepted.
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    tomfreak , May 14, 2012 2:13 AM
    Now we can have tablet screen size smartphone @ the size of a miniphone.
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    alidan , May 14, 2012 2:15 AM
    unbreakable as in no matter how many bends, as long as it isnt a fold it wont break?
    unbreakable as in it can stand many MANY time the normal amount of pressure, or pull?
    can it be cut without absolutely trying to cut it?
    these are nessassary questions that need to be answered.

    and 8-9 grand for a 55 inch oled will be worth it.
    not because its thin
    but if even 1/10th of the advantages of a oled are displayed the screen will outshine anything a lcd can currently do.
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    dimar , May 14, 2012 2:35 AM
    Can't wait to go to Home Depot, and cut a piece of that flexible OLED from a huge roll.
    Whoever decides to patent the flexible OLED toilet paper rolls, has to give me a credit for the idea.. :-)
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    Cons29 , May 14, 2012 2:38 AM
    if that picture is a sample of it, i dont know, because it looks like something printed out of a 1990's printer.

    but seriously, innovations are always welcome
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    Anonymous , May 14, 2012 2:44 AM
    Unsinkable, huh?
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    HDmac , May 14, 2012 2:45 AM
    Unbreakable?

    Challenge Accepted.
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    SpicPeso , May 14, 2012 2:56 AM
    HDmacUnbreakable?Challenge Accepted.


    Will it Blend!!!
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    wavetrex , May 14, 2012 3:00 AM
    It probably means that you can hit or drop it and it doesn't break...

    Not that you drive a tank over it and remains unscratched.

    But yes, poor choice of words.
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    the associate , May 14, 2012 3:10 AM
    Gona have advertisement screens on taxis and buses in no time, around pillars and hell, maybe even on floors. This can open up insane tech ideas.
    Imagine a full touch screen remote for your TV, or a touch screen handle for a maglight to control brightness or strobe light functions.
    I think I like where this technology will bring us :) 
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    IndignantSkeptic , May 14, 2012 3:18 AM
    It looks like from that picture that they didn't manage to stop the bending from causing damage to the screen pixels. Plus I think I don't like staggered color component pixel arrangements.
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    Onus , May 14, 2012 3:30 AM
    Who would sell a TV intended to be the last one you ever buy? Consumers will NEVER get a product designed to last "forever." You can be certain these are being designed such that they WILL fade or otherwise require replacement after a finite amount of time.
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    Inferno1217 , May 14, 2012 3:34 AM
    IndignantSkepticIt looks like from that picture that they didn't manage to stop the bending from causing damage to the screen pixels. Plus I think I don't like staggered color component pixel arrangements.


    No that kid is in her cage.
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    whysobluepandabear , May 14, 2012 3:45 AM
    jtt283Who would sell a TV intended to be the last one you ever buy? Consumers will NEVER get a product designed to last "forever." You can be certain these are being designed such that they WILL fade or otherwise require replacement after a finite amount of time.

    You don't need to. Even if the TV lasts forever, people will move towards better, more efficient tech. Higher resolution, and other features like 3D and etc are why people will buy new ones.

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    robthatguyx , May 14, 2012 3:48 AM
    now, make these highres, would be much better than getting a 3 monitor setup you would have just one wide wide curved monitor
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    jlats26 , May 14, 2012 3:50 AM
    When will they learn...You should NEVER say that your product is unbreakable because someone out there WILL make it happen, usually in a big way.
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    jdw_swb , May 14, 2012 3:55 AM
    Unbreakable huh........challenge accepted!
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    alidan , May 14, 2012 4:26 AM
    wavetrexIt probably means that you can hit or drop it and it doesn't break... Not that you drive a tank over it and remains unscratched.But yes, poor choice of words.


    no no no...
    oled screens that are bendable have been hell to make without pixles dieing, a few years ago the best they could do was 5 bends before pixles died.

    when they say unbreakable i'm assuming its just unless its folded, the pixles wont die. but with a bendable oled, you could make a bracelet watch thing that is all face - the small clasp. so im wondering if they also can make it non tear by being caught accidently, if they can make it a bit pressure proof, because you know it will get hit every now ant than...

    what they are talking about isnt putting it in a phone and it being fall proof i believe but being bend proof.

    (bend doesnt leave a crease, fold does, thats the difference in this post)

    whysobluepandabearYou don't need to. Even if the TV lasts forever, people will move towards better, more efficient tech. Higher resolution, and other features like 3D and etc are why people will buy new ones.


    lets look at sd tv here.
    a sd crt still looks better than an hd tv playing sd content, i never understood why though.
    sd costs allot less, and if you dont care about quality, sd is just fine for you.
    my tv lasted 20 years before it had to be thrown away... well not had to, but i wasnt allowed to try to fix it, though you have no idea how much i wanted to.

    now with hd, give me a true 240hz 1080p tv that has 3d capabilities and glasses that refresh at 120hz, and i would be set for the next 10-20 years.

    yes higher quality may be coming, but really in my living room i would have to sit about 4 feet away from the screen to see any detail improvement over a 1080p... i commonly sit close to 10-15 feet away, so its even argueabel if i even need 1080p.

    for a monitor where my head is less than 3 feet away most of the time, yea, give me more detail, but for a tv... if i would take a high quality 20 year tv over a 5 year one under the assumption that i would "upgrade" that fast.
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    guardianangel42 , May 14, 2012 5:11 AM
    jlats26When will they learn...You should NEVER say that your product is unbreakable because someone out there WILL make it happen, usually in a big way.

    PS3 Launch day anyone?
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    darkstar845 , May 14, 2012 5:14 AM
    Is it bullet proof?
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    whysobluepandabear , May 14, 2012 5:19 AM
    alidanno no no...oled screens that are bendable have been hell to make without pixles dieing, a few years ago the best they could do was 5 bends before pixles died.when they say unbreakable i'm assuming its just unless its folded, the pixles wont die. but with a bendable oled, you could make a bracelet watch thing that is all face - the small clasp. so im wondering if they also can make it non tear by being caught accidently, if they can make it a bit pressure proof, because you know it will get hit every now ant than...what they are talking about isnt putting it in a phone and it being fall proof i believe but being bend proof. (bend doesnt leave a crease, fold does, thats the difference in this post) lets look at sd tv here.a sd crt still looks better than an hd tv playing sd content, i never understood why though. sd costs allot less, and if you dont care about quality, sd is just fine for you.my tv lasted 20 years before it had to be thrown away... well not had to, but i wasnt allowed to try to fix it, though you have no idea how much i wanted to. now with hd, give me a true 240hz 1080p tv that has 3d capabilities and glasses that refresh at 120hz, and i would be set for the next 10-20 years. yes higher quality may be coming, but really in my living room i would have to sit about 4 feet away from the screen to see any detail improvement over a 1080p... i commonly sit close to 10-15 feet away, so its even argueabel if i even need 1080p. for a monitor where my head is less than 3 feet away most of the time, yea, give me more detail, but for a tv... if i would take a high quality 20 year tv over a 5 year one under the assumption that i would "upgrade" that fast.


    Cool - but your type of thinking, along with what is acceptable to you, is not the same as the general consumer. Look at how wasteful we are as a society.....we throw away, and discard things LONG before their usefulness has expired.

    Surely you're not under the impression that people actually keep a TV for 20 years - there are no doubt people who do, but they're a minority, and outnumbered to a group of people who consume, consume, consume....
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