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HP Hints at Palm Products with Flexible Displays

HP has been working on flexible displays for a while now, and CTO Phil McKinney has been the one to tease the product the last couple of times we've seen it. Yesterday at the MobileBeat conference, McKinney hinted that the technology could end up being paired with Palm's WebOS.

Speaking at the conference, McKinney didn't talk much about HP's plans for newly acquired Palm, nor did he provide more details on when we can expect products incorporating flexible display to hit mass market availability. However, he did mention Palm devices specifically when talking of the potential for flexible displays. Engadget cites the CTO as saying, "These are the kinds of display technologies that will change what we think of in form factors, both in products from Palm with flexible displays, and with HP."

Back in March, McKinney was filmed demonstrating the flexibility and said that the material of the display limits the number of times it can be rolled and unrolled. Mr. McKinney said, "You're probably good for half a dozen times before the material will just fail." No word on whether this issue has been rectified since.

*Image via Engadget

  • Tamz_msc
    "You're probably good for half a dozen times before the material will just fail."
    If that is the case then what's the point of such a thing?
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  • ubernoobie
    So it can be flexible but in tiny words, only flexible until you break it
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  • ordcestus
    Tamz_mscIf that is the case then what's the point of such a thing?well they're making it better and aren't releasing it yet. when they do release it it will be much better of course. concept technology always has some problems before its actual release.
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  • Tamz_msc
    9222348 said:
    well they're making it better and aren't releasing it yet. when they do release it it will be much better of course. concept technology always has some problems before its actual release.
    Yes but it will take time before it is actually released.
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  • dEAne
    I hope this will just for a show - this is a delicate product to sell and short lived.
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  • jomofro39
    This will be awesome. Imagine a touchscreen wristphone. roll? Unroll? Just leave it with about 20 degrees over 3 inches of flex and it will be sweeeeeeeeeeeet.
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  • jsschneidereit
    nah i'd love one, make one for college students, buy it and pay like $20 for each text book (idk just some arbitrary amount) and have your text books in there, but then also have a stylus so you can make notes like in adobe acrobat pro, and that way you eliminate the need for paper to take notes, you eliminate the text books, the weight of them on your back, the killing of trees etc, and that way the entire school is standardized as far as equipment goes (at least make it 1 OS if other companies want to make them) I dont know I'm kinda rambling but I think it would be totally tits if they had this as some kind of e-reader/acrobatpro note taking device/netbook capabilities for internet and doing homework on/thing.... I hope i didn't waste my 3 minutes writing something that doesn't make sense haha
    excuse my punctuation and general disregard for capitalization and other stuff!

    peace
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  • mikem_90
    For some reason I am thinking of those inflatable Areobeds.

    Hold on, let me inflate my TV again... the plug came out.
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  • chickenhoagie
    dont confuse it with a fruit roll-up!
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