Gallery: Sony Unveils Flexible OLED Thinner Than a Strand of Human Hair


Flexible gadgets are undeniably sexy – but Japanese electronics giant Sony wasn’t content stopping there. For their newest display, 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 into the mix. The new prototype is so bendy that it can be wrapped around a pencil. From electronic newspapers to LED garments, just think about the applications such a display could be used for!

An older iteration of a flexible display that Sony was working on.

The new prototype is a huge step up from their last iteration, which Gizmodo reported to be only slightly bendy. According to PCWorld, 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


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  1. Cool gadgets to buy June 14, 2010 at 1:23 am

    This is really awesome! I can’t think of any more words to say I’m just so amazed with this new tech.

  2. Edgeraldina June 5, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I guess I will just have to use my new Dell Streak until this becomes afforable! It is pretty cool, you can check it out here.

  3. jacobian May 30, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    wow this is just magnificent.realy hoping it to be sold commercially.

  4. LancerKind May 30, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Yummy! The cyberpunk future is almost here. Remember Ghosts of Mars had something like this used by Wesley Snipes.

    Lancer Kind
    science fictionist

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  6. the bystander May 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Wa. Imagine a TV made of this. It’ll be wallpaper.

  7. marna May 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    ….presiento lo fantastico e innovador de este:pero no comprendo ? acaso es una pelicula iluminada ,para colocar materiales traslucidos ,y asi quedar iluminados”?”’ o es un material iluminado ,como para fabricarpoe eje:vertidos,trajesetc’??

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