Flexible Screens Sean Ouye Sec 08 Samsung Flexible Display • YOUM brand name. • OLED technology • Made of plastic • No glass involved • The phone will not shatter if dropped. • Phone can bend back and forth (0:45) Background • Nicholas Sheridon • The father of E-paper • Gyricon • The ability to display images onto a flexible background and re-use that same material. • Cost-inefficient • Gyricon and E-paper never had much success, but was on the right track. OLED Technology • Organic Light-Emitting Diode • • • Similar to LED, but produce more natural light. More energy efficient and smaller. Can be placed on plastic. OLED’s and Flexible Screens • OLED’s allow for curved edges. • More room is available for content. • OLED’s allow for screens to be made of materials other than glass. • LED’s need a glass support for the backlight. Less efficient than OLED’s. Advantages/Disadvantages Comparison of Flexible Screens (OLED's) vs. LCD Screens (LED) Cost Flex Screens (OLED) High: Cannot mass produce. Low cost technology isn't available yet. Low: Ability to mass produce. LCD Screens (LED) Durability Weight Speed Applications Durable: Mostly made of plastic. More susceptible to water though. Lighter: Potential to be just a thin sheet of plastic. Faster: More responsive to touch. Unlimited: Can be applied to curved or round services. Fragile: Screen is made of glass and will shatter Heavier: Requires glass and more support layers. Slower: Older technology Limited: Requires a flat, straight surface. Disadvantages • Technology isn’t good enough to produce a finished product. • • • • Melting problems Materials are expensive Materials are hard to find and develop Need to create a demand Prototypes • LG • Nokia • Toshiba • Sony • Samsung Vision of the Near Future • • • Flexible screens benefit more than just phone technology. Might become an essential part in our everyday lives. OLED’s can be placed anywhere! • • • • Buildings Pillars Car windshields Clothes Works Cited • • • • • • • • • Cashmore, Peter. "Why Your next Phone Might Be Bendable." CNN. Turner Broacasting System, Inc., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2013. <http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/31/tech/innovation/flexible-screens-cashmore/index.html?iref=allsearch>. Genuth, Iddo. "The Future of Electronic Paper." The Future of Electronic Paper. The Future of Things, 2013. Web. 15 Apr. 2013. <http://thefutureofthings.com/articles/1000/the-future-of-electronic-paper.html>. Grose, Thomas K. "OLEDs: The Light Idea." Time. Time, 2013. Web. 15 Apr. 2013. <http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2005725,00.html>. Nikamahjan. "OLED Advantages and Disadvantages." OLED Advantages and Disadvantages. Expertscolumn, 2013. Web. 15 Apr. 2013. <http://expertscolumn.com/content/oled-advantages-and-disadvantages>. OLED-Info. "Flexible OLED Displays." Flexible OLED Displays. Metalgrass Software, 2013. Web. 15 Apr. 2013. <http://www.oledinfo.com/flexible-oled>. Skillings, Joanthan. "Samsung Shows off Youm Flexible Display." CNET. CBS Interactive, 2013. Web. 15 Apr. 2013. <http://ces.cnet.com/8301-34441_1-57563038/samsung-shows-off-youm-flexible-display/>. Swartz, Jon. "Flexible Displays Bend What's Possible for Computers." USATODAY.COM. A Garnett Company, 2012. Web. 15 Apr. 2013. <http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-04-05/flexible-displays-computing-screens/54064128/1>. Wagstaff, Jeremy. "Are Flexible Screens the Wave of the Future?" MSN. Microsoft, 2013. Web. 14 Apr. 2013. <http://news.msn.com/science-technology/are-flexible-screens-the-wave-of-the-future>. Wasserman, Todd. "Microsoft Sketches Its Vision for the Near Future." Mashable. Livefyre, 2013. Web. 15 Apr. 2013. <http://mashable.com/2011/10/27/microsoft-near-future-video/>.