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Polarized light could double OLED screen efficiency

By Bubbajim
Jul 7, 2019
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  1. One of the simplest ways to conserve your phone’s battery life is to reduce the screen’s brightness. That’s because it takes a lot of energy to produce all the light that a clear, bright, modern display gives off. But currently, efficiency is being hampered for the benefit of usability.

    Smartphone screens, and many other types, have filters that reduce glare from external sources of light – the sun, usually. These anti-glare filters make the display’s content more visible, but they have the side effect of reducing by almost half the amount of light that actually makes if from the panel to your eyes. So not only does your phone screen appear to you to be half as bright as it could be, all the generated but unseen light is wasting precious battery life.

    Enter researchers from the Imperial College London, UK. The scientists at the Department of Physics and Chemistry have developed a new type of OLED (organic light-emitting diode) that polarizes the light such that it bypasses anti-glare filters. As reported by Phys.org, researcher Dr Jess Wade said, "Our study suggests, for the first time, that by changing our OLED recipe we can generate efficient polarising OLEDs. The findings could make screens of all kinds brighter, with better contrast and longer life."

    While in theory the upper brightness-limit could go up, a more attractive application may be to reduce the power consumption of the screen by making it much more efficient. The user wouldn’t notice a change in the perceived brightness, but likely would notice reduced battery drain.

    Even better is that this technology could be used for any screen powered by OLEDs, not just phones, making a whole host of electronic devices, from TVs to tablets, more energy efficient.

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  2. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,011   +1,280

    Polarizers? Question....if they use something like a polarizer on these screens, what affect
    will someone wearing polarized sunglasses have? Will the phone have to be tilted 90 degrees
    to overcome the polarizer on the screen?
    seeprime likes this.
  3. Markoni35

    Markoni35 TS Addict Posts: 257   +115

    Depends on the direction of polarization. If the glass polarization matches the screen polarization, everything looks fantastic. If the polarization is 90 degrees rotated (or you rotate your head) then your glasses will reject all the light from the screen. In other words... your screen turns black.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,510   +5,075

    I've never used polarized eye wear. Your comment made me curious. I didn't understand what you were saying about rotating your head. In the link below they mention the same effect.

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