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Samsung's new stretchable OLED to be demoed at SID 2017

By Cal Jeffrey ยท 8 replies
May 22, 2017
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  1. Reports out of Korea indicate Samsung will be unveiling a new “stretchable” OLED scene at the Society for Information Display’s trade show.

    The new technology falls into the same category as other flexible displays that have been demonstrated but have yet to be introduced commercially. Likewise, the Korea Herald reports that the screen is in very early development and Samsung is unsure when it can be commercialized.

    The screen that the company plans on demonstrating in L.A. is a 9.1-inch display that is capable of bending in on either side of the screen.

    “While current flexible OLED is able to be transformed in only one side, this stretchable OLED can be transformed -- whether curved, bended or rolled -- in both sides, above and below,” said a Samsung spokesperson. In other words, the screen can stretch outwards (convex) or inwards (concave).

    The amount of flexibility is 12 mm in either direction and after flexing the display will resume its original shape. The teaser image released by Samsung (see above) reminds me of that movie The Frighteners with the face coming through the wall.

    The practical applications of the technology are sketchy this early into development. However, screen durability and resiliency on smartphones is a use that immediately comes to mind. Samsung also envisions it being used in automotive applications, wearables, and IoT devices. Having a screen that could wrap 360 degrees must have its uses.

    Samsung is also expected to exhibit its “glassless three-dimensional OLED,” which is a 5.09-inch display that shows objects from different angles depending on the angle in which you view the screen. And if that is not enough they also have a 1.96-inch screen that is capable of a 3840 x 2160 UHD resolution that is designed for use in VR and AR devices.

    The SID Symposium kicked off yesterday, May 21 and runs through May 26.

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    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,720   +806

    4K 1.96 inch display? Now you piqued my interest... That is exactly the direction VR displays should be headed.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,478   +3,035

    I don't care if it bends in every direction, it doesn't make it stretchable. Someone should look it up in the dictionary and drop the stretchable BS.
    Lurker101 likes this.
  4. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441


    And Physics ... study that.
    Cal Jeffrey likes this.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,478   +3,035

    I've studied that in school and university, thank you very much. They are not semantics, unless marketing is all you've studied.
  6. kiwigraeme

    kiwigraeme TS Rookie

    So bending something - does not cause any stretching ??? - Not only will bending cause stretching on the far side , but also it means can survive compression on the inner side - Look take your right hand away & bend it ( at the elbow is best ) - note outer skin not so wrinkly - I fix things sometimes - adhesives that take ages to cure - can taken lots of flexes & sometimes hot & cold better - a small % on each chemical bond & have a good affect over the length
    Cal Jeffrey likes this.
  7. centrino207

    centrino207 TS Booster Posts: 160   +10

    It looks like some thing like 2018 or 2019.

    I don't think Samsung will bring some thing out like this later on this year with Samsung galaxy 8 that just came out. It looks like some thing like the Samsung galaxy 9 or Samsung galaxy 10 will have.

    I think they would hold of on this to the Samsung galaxy 9 or Samsung galaxy 10 come out to get more sales.
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,389   +3,776

    Hmmmmm ..... at first I thought it was to contain any possible explosive reactions, but then realized we have just about worn that joke out so I withdraw my comment and scold anyone that had uncontrollable giggling ..... including me!
    Cal Jeffrey likes this.
  9. Well, if it is stretchy, I wonder how long it will take to make a condom out of one. Could be interesting

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