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Sony Unveils Flexible OLED Thinner Than a Strand of Human Hair

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On May 26, 2010 @ 9:05 am In green gadgets | 7 Comments

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Flexible gadgets [2] are undeniably sexy – but Japanese electronics giant Sony [3] wasn’t content stopping there. For their newest display [4], they decided to also throw in ultra-thinness (just 80μm or a bit thinner than a human hair) and the energy-saving power of OLEDs [5] into the mix. The new prototype is so bendy that it can be wrapped around a pencil. From electronic newspapers [6] to LED garments [7], just think about the applications such a display could be used for!


sony, oled, oled display, screen, panel, flexible gadgets, green gadgets, greener gadgets, bendable gadgets, electronics, tv, green design, organic light emitting diode, energy saving design [8]An older iteration of a flexible display that Sony was working on.

The new prototype is a huge step up from their last iteration [9], which Gizmodo reported to be only slightly bendy. According to PCWorld [10], the new screen contains innovative organic thin-film transistors that are used to make the driver circuitry to run the display. These transistors are capable of being produced directly on a flexible substrate, eliminating the need for rigid driver chips that would prevent the screen from being bent.

The new OLED display measures 4.1-inches wide with a contrast ratio of under 1,000:1 and a resolution of 432 x 240. And this is crazy – Sony says that this new OLED panel can continue streaming video while rolled up or stretched!

Via Gizmodo [4]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/05/sony-flexible-oled-display.jpg

[2] Flexible gadgets: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/16/kyocera-unveils-kinetic-flexible-oled-cell-phone/

[3] Sony: http://www.sony.com/index.php

[4] newest display: http://gizmodo.com/5547946/sonys-flexible-oled-is-thinner-than-a-strand-of-hair

[5] OLEDs: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/17/duponts-new-ink-can-quickly-print-cheap-oled-displays/

[6] electronic newspapers: http://inhabitat.com/2010/01/18/lg-unveils-flexible-electronic-newspaper/

[7] LED garments: http://www.ecouterre.com/17107/katy-perry-wears-glowing-led-gown-to-met-costume-gala.php

[8] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/05/sonys-old-flexible-screen.jpg

[9] last iteration: http://gizmodo.com/263366/sony-flexi+oled-screen-is-trouble-waiting-to-happen

[10] According to PCWorld: http://www.pcworld.com/article/197182/sony_shows_rollable_oled_display.html

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