Samsung offering cash prizes for flexible display device ideas

By on August 14, 2013, 1:00 PM
samsung, contest, competition, flexible display, entrepreneur, business plan

Samsung has spent a considerable amount of time researching and building flexible displays but now they need your help to figure out exactly what to do with them. Starting August 29, the company will be accepting business plans from innovative designers, hardware engineers and entrepreneurs as part of a contest with cash rewards totaling nearly $20,000.

Those interested in entering the Samsung Create: Flexible Future Business Plan Competition will need to take a number of factors into consideration. Samsung outlines the key requirements of the business plan which include answering questions like what problems your product solves for the end user, why your product is better than the competition and how often it would need to be replaced by the consumer (estimated upgrade cycle).

The contest runs through October 6 with cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 for the top three designs, respectively. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges that will take into consideration the importance of the technology in the core value proposition of the product as well as exceptional design, realistic hardware assumptions and a viable business plan.

Many believe flexible display technology is the future… but of what? At present, they aren’t exactly feasible for smartphone use as the supporting hardware isn’t flexible. Smartwatches seem like a good fit but we suspect Samsung (and likely several others) are already keen on this idea.

Can you think of any viable market or product where a flexible display would be an ideal solution?




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VitalyT VitalyT said:

In the spirit of Dr. Emmett Brown - Let's invent something, and then decide what it is for!

MilwaukeeMike said:

Lol, this is really pretty funny... to have a cool new technology but no practical use for it. Kinda reminds me of Glass... I mean Silly Putty. Silly putty was invented in the late 40s but scientists from around the world couldn't find a use for it, so it became a toy. Maybe they'll make flexible displays into toys. You could make a screen very fun and interactive if you could bend it around and have characters on the screen react to it.

Seriously though, I would think there would be plenty of use for sales people. it'd be great to have a display you could unroll into a 24 inch screen or so for presentations. You could run it off a smart phone even.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Whenever you go to Mars, is good one to have...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFeVHOmEvi8#t=2m43s

JC713 JC713 said:

Better get thinking xD!

hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

It's simple Samsung. Make a curved version of that TV from future Marty McFly's house in Back to the Future II.

Let me know when I should expect payment.

Guest said:

Easy question - flexible, temporary colour tattoos.

C'mon guy, didn't you know if you don't have tatts then you are weak or some other thing that bullies and human canvases say.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Flex means you flex it. But these look like they're static flexed one way only.

Why can't we have it rolled up and then we can un-roll it and use it. Or pull it into one ruler then pull it out. But I guess that tech is not ready yet.

Guest said:

360 degrees gaming monitors.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Lol, this is really pretty funny... to have a cool new technology but no practical use for it. Kinda reminds me of Glass... I mean Silly Putty. Silly putty was invented in the late 40s but scientists from around the world couldn't find a use for it, so it became a toy. Maybe they'll make flexible displays into toys. You could make a screen very fun and interactive if you could bend it around and have characters on the screen react to it.

Seriously though, I would think there would be plenty of use for sales people. it'd be great to have a display you could unroll into a 24 inch screen or so for presentations. You could run it off a smart phone even.

Silly putty. Yeah, that and the hoola hoop. I think silly putty was accidentally discovered by someone at the Dupont company during the war. I used to love playing with silly putty as a kid.

Guest said:

Partner up with oculus rift, they could use some flexi screens

NegaNinja NegaNinja said:

A QB Play Band would be a good idea, it could be used to send play changes to the QB without having to take the extra time to speak with the coach to figure out what he wants.

A foldable GPS would be pretty nostalgic as well...

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