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Sony CEO demos flexible OLED technology

Sony CEO demos flexible OLED technology

Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer demonstrated the world's first flexible OLED technology today during his keynote at CES.

CES 2009: Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer demonstrated the world's first flexible OLED technology today during his keynote at CES.

Stringer recited the progress his company has made with the technology over the last couple of years and explained that the next step was to create a marketable screen with a "20 to 30 inch diagonal".

However, rather than demonstrate the next logical step forwards, Stringer wanted to go one step further with a glimpse into the future.

He showed a small palm-sized flexible OLED demo screen playing a Beyonce music video on a podium. Stringer then picked the screen up and squeezed its edges before saying "how many of you would love to squeeze Beyonce like that?"

How long had he been waiting to say that?

Amazing technology, but it's still a few years out - let us know what you think in the forums.

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ChaosDefinesOrder 8th January 2009, 21:46 Quote
Not world's first flexible OLED - one was used as part of the Royal Institution Cristmas Lectures this year (granted it was a simple demo displaying "Royal Institution" on it)
ashchap 8th January 2009, 23:47 Quote
The one they had in that lecture was an OLED sign/light that only displays one (black and white) image. He called it a display but it's not.
Neji 9th January 2009, 00:38 Quote
What would be the practical uses for a bendy screen.
Veles 9th January 2009, 00:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Neji
What would be the practical uses for a bendy screen.

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HourBeforeDawn 9th January 2009, 03:47 Quote
wasnt the best display of this tech done at the opening ceremonies at the Olympics with that Giant scroll that unrolled which was a flexible display.
ssj12 9th January 2009, 03:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
Not world's first flexible OLED - one was used as part of the Royal Institution Cristmas Lectures this year (granted it was a simple demo displaying "Royal Institution" on it)

Sony has had the flex OLED for like 3 years now. While this isnt the first it is by far in improvement on Sony's design.
Anakha 9th January 2009, 05:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Veles
Quote:
Originally Posted by Neji
What would be the practical uses for a bendy screen.

TV T-shirts
Teletubbies say Eh-oh!

Sorry, someone had to do it...
talladega 9th January 2009, 06:07 Quote
would be awesome for a surround gaming screen.
mmorgue 9th January 2009, 08:24 Quote
Would be nice to have the walls of the rooms of your house wallpapered with that stuff -- can change them to any colour you want or have direct video played wherever you want. Nifty!
[USRF]Obiwan 9th January 2009, 10:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
wasnt the best display of this tech done at the opening ceremonies at the Olympics with that Giant scroll that unrolled which was a flexible display.

To my knowledge this was done with multiple linked rear projectors.
quote: "a total of 150 three high-end projection for this work for the Beijing Olympics. Each of the brightness of up to 20,000 ANSI lumens"
perplekks45 9th January 2009, 10:17 Quote
But you don't really need flexible OLED to use it as a wallpaper, do you?

Still, as I love new gadgets/technologies: I am excited!
Chelios 9th January 2009, 10:23 Quote
MGS Snake stealth suit anyone?
Bauul 9th January 2009, 11:39 Quote
A monitor curved so that every pixel is exactly the same distance from the pupil in your eye would make for a nice premium product.
Journeyer 9th January 2009, 13:29 Quote
Mmm... alienware's curved screen has nothing on this... imagine a 30" curved OLED display. I think I just came a little (though that may have been the reference to squeezing Beyonce a little)....
UrbanMarine 9th January 2009, 13:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by aon`aTv.gsus666
But you don't really need flexible OLED to use it as a wallpaper, do you?

Have you ever seen the movie Total Recall? In the first scene the wall looks like wallpaper but with the click of a remote its a TV or scenic view.

Imagine one of these OLEDs with touch screen technology in them.
Redbeaver 9th January 2009, 15:01 Quote
so much possibilities :D

i love technologies...
perplekks45 9th January 2009, 18:00 Quote
Still don't see why it has to be flexible for that. Maybe I'm just ignorant. :|
DXR_13KE 10th January 2009, 22:07 Quote
hmmmm... i wonder how much it will cost as soon as production is at full swing....
DeXtmL 12th January 2009, 13:56 Quote
that's it! i want the flex oled screens badly!
ashchap 16th January 2009, 19:42 Quote
you could have a screen that rolls up inside a pen
perplekks45 16th January 2009, 21:55 Quote
And then watch movies on your pen? ;)
flaunt 1st April 2009, 05:23 Quote
Is this the first? I just came across this website showing flexible display technology from HP and Arizona State University:

http://www.oled-display.net/hp-and-arizona-state-university-demo-flexible-displays

Use a little imagination and you'll realize there are all sorts of uses for this kind of technology. For example cell phones with screens that roll up inside the phone and expand with the push of a button (same for laptops). Or how about electronic wallet photos that automatically change. This could lead to another cycle of "miniturization" of all technologies where displays are a primary component.

Seems to me what's really is lagging behind in the area of portable technology is power. Everything that's portable requires a battery that drains rather quickly. Some sort of technology that allows systems to have long-lived and self-contained power sources would be true leap .
Langer 1st April 2009, 15:43 Quote
Lets hope we start seeing more extreme revisions of displays like the one in the images below very soon:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v60/Langer/misc/alienware-curved-01.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v60/Langer/misc/alienware-curved-02.jpg
UrbanMarine 1st April 2009, 16:02 Quote
Isn't that a hybrid monitor? DLP tech with OLED tech. It's not a pure OLED monitor.
Langer 1st April 2009, 16:24 Quote
I'm pretty sure it's just 3x LCDs I'm not sure how the radius was achieved.

Google - "Alienware Curved Display"
perplekks45 1st April 2009, 17:12 Quote
I'm lazy, Jesse, so what is the resolution? :p
UrbanMarine 1st April 2009, 17:22 Quote
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Don’t get all frothed up quite yet because it’s still only a prototype, but this sweet double-wide curved DLP display with OLED illumination from Alienware will reportedly be available in the second half of ‘08. The curvature of the 2880 x 900 rez screen mimics peripheral vision, and in action the performance seemed pretty flawless to our Crysis-dazzled eyes (official specs report less than .02-millisecond response time).

http://gamersvue.wordpress.com/2008/01/07/curved-dlp-display-with-oled-illumination-from-alienware/

Looking at other angled photos, it's a curved projection TV. woohoo :(
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