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Samsung OLED is Virtually Indestructible

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Hammer time!

Ever seen a broken LCD screen? Not pretty. Not at all. It's just one big explosion of black liquid that reminds me of a very freaked out squid.

Samsung's OLED technology, however, appears to hold up much better under pressure. We're not just talking about tense situations here, but literal pressure of a hammer pounding it directly. Check it out below:

Samsung Flexible AM OLED

But will it blend? Probably. Regardless, that's one resilient OLED. Of course, the OLED screen will most likely be placed on top of circuitry, so any attempt to hammer a device that carries such a screen might not destroy the display right away, but will do some damage to everything else.

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    h0llow , October 17, 2009 12:13 AM
    An indestructible TV screen for the Nintendo Wii anyone?
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    lucuis , October 17, 2009 12:18 AM
    I can't wait till OLED screens are mainstream!
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    yang , October 17, 2009 12:21 AM
    holy crap anybody else amazed by how thin the oled screen is!? this IS the future!

    P.S. Son dambi=awesome.
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  • 39 Hide
    h0llow , October 17, 2009 12:13 AM
    An indestructible TV screen for the Nintendo Wii anyone?
  • 22 Hide
    lucuis , October 17, 2009 12:18 AM
    I can't wait till OLED screens are mainstream!
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    njkid3 , October 17, 2009 12:21 AM
    really cool product. as long as they dont market it as indestructible they should be fine
  • 12 Hide
    yang , October 17, 2009 12:21 AM
    holy crap anybody else amazed by how thin the oled screen is!? this IS the future!

    P.S. Son dambi=awesome.
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    orbitron , October 17, 2009 12:27 AM
    YEA!!! Controller proof. LOL!!!
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    AMDnoob , October 17, 2009 12:35 AM
    very cool. 5-10 years we'll all have at least one of these things in our possesion. But i got a question. What happens if you crease it. Not just bend it, but like bend the screen in half and then hammer at the crease. I'm assuming that's gotta do some damage, but idk.
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    Gin Fushicho , October 17, 2009 12:46 AM
    Wow ,that thing is thin. Wonder what connector is used to hook up HD signals to that? =p
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    HibyPrime , October 17, 2009 12:51 AM
    I can't believe how bright the screen is considering it's so small. Man, LCD's have nothing on this tech.

    I'd like to see how much force it takes to actually destroy one. Like, if the guy bent it to the point of creasing etc.
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    ale555666 , October 17, 2009 1:28 AM
    WOW impressive stuff.
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    tayb , October 17, 2009 1:35 AM
    Very impressive but "virtually indestructible" is a bit of a stretch. I'm not sure you could bend it much farther before it causes permanent damage and that doesn't screen "indestructible." And I hate to be the naysayer but he wasn't hitting that thing very hard with a hammer...

    The technology looks simply amazing and I can't wait until we start seeing this in consumer electronics, wrist-watches, etc but let's not over-exaggerate. I wouldn't even describe an armored tank as virtually indestructible.
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    bk420 , October 17, 2009 2:40 AM
    Yeeeehaw..new wallpaper.
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    smashley , October 17, 2009 2:53 AM
    Is it just me or was he pulling the hammer a bit before impact on the oled? A rubber mallet is one thing but if you carry it around in a pocket with a bunch of change for a week I bet it gets scratched up pretty bad. Or run it over with a car, either/or ;)  Something about the suggestion that something is indestructible just makes me want to disprove that claim.
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    crisisavatar , October 17, 2009 2:57 AM
    wow wtf, that is cool.
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    yoda8232 , October 17, 2009 4:15 AM
    Where's my OLED armored suit?
    Think about it, make super camouflage with any surface (with the right programming) and be really strong..
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    Sicundercover , October 17, 2009 5:38 AM
    HibyPrimeI can't believe how bright the screen is considering it's so small. Man, LCD's have nothing on this tech.I'd like to see how much force it takes to actually destroy one. Like, if the guy bent it to the point of creasing etc.


    Thats because OLEDs dont require a back light, which also means great contrast. Just cant wait till these things in 22" cost what current TN panel LCD's cost. However with the ever inflating American dollar I may never be able to afford one.
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    yang , October 17, 2009 6:26 AM
    joeman42AM-OLED! AM- AM- AM-OLED!Did anyone else hear that music, or just me?


    it's a song sang by Son dambi and After school to promote the technology for samsung. hence my post above indicating she's awesome...
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    tester24 , October 17, 2009 12:35 PM
    So they should market it as "virtually indestructable"

    This would be perfect for gamers with tempers... Now can it hold up to a knife :) 

    I can't wait until this technology gets cheaper. However OLEDs don't have the life expectancy of a regular LCD, plasma or CRT TV.
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    liemfukliang , October 17, 2009 2:45 PM
    I hope Samsung has been fixing the major problem on LCD till today, that is 18 bit interpolation colors. I hope all OLED will be true 24 bit in all type panel.
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    Shadow703793 , October 17, 2009 3:03 PM
    yoda8232Where's my OLED armored suit? Think about it, make super camouflage with any surface (with the right programming) and be really strong..

    Nahh.... Nano Suit FTW! :lol: 
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    cookoy , October 17, 2009 5:17 PM
    which consumes more power: OLED or LCD?
    - all other things equal (same screen size, resolution, brightness, ...)
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