Samsung tablet concept shows a see-through, bendable future (w/ video)

Dec 05, 2011 by Nancy Owano report

(PhysOrg.com) -- A Samsung smartphone-ish, tablet-ish sized device is see-through, bends at will, and changes size according to what kind of app you want to use. Lest we forget, the device translates, explores, and locates, among other things. It shows images on either side, at the same time. Really? Yes, but. Samsung has released a concept video of a transparent, flexible 3D AMOLED display based tablet of the future, not anywhere near now. The video shows a user walking around the streets brandishing his wafer-thin see through rubbery device that is sized somewhere between smartphone and tablet, performing a range of tasks that connects him to people and places.

With all the visual interest going on in this video, the most attention among bloggers and mobile device enthusiasts is being centered on the bendable, AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display.

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That is where mobile devices are headed in the near future, even though the concept device shown in the Samsung video, with all its bells and whistles, may be far off.

OLED is a and the “active matrix” points to the control of pixels. AMOLED technology is already in use and is seen as becoming a staple in the new generation of screen displays, Samsung considers itself the leader in AMOLED technology.

The company demonstrated 'bendable' AMOLED screens earlier this year. According to numerous reports, bendable AMOLED smartphones from are due in 2012.

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Samsung Flexible AMOLED Display at CES

While some bloggers wonder why, beyond novelty, they and others would want to have a that bends, some strong reasons are easily found from those tracking new technologies in .

Louis Bedigian of Benzinga lists some key advantages. Bendable screens can withstand impact and be less likely to break or crack; bendable screens open up new possibilities in wearable computing; new applications, especially in gaming, can leverage the screen’s physical flexibility. Users can not only tilt and twist but bend the screen to influence gaming elements.

Nokia has also been teasing away in promoting a similar future of smart devices with concepts of flexible, bendable phones. Also, according to reports, the firm’s research and development unit, the Nokia Research Center, has been working with scientists at The University of Cambridge to create products that can change the appearance and interface of handsets. Besides exploring technology that allows a phone to be controlled by squeezing and twisting, Nokia is reportedly exploring technology involving wearable phones.

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TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (2) Dec 05, 2011
Not to mention that when it is possible to make them this thin and this transparent, it will be difficult to make them rigid without adding weight and cost. These should essentially be free and available anywhere.
Birthmark
not rated yet Dec 05, 2011
These should essentially be free and available anywhere.


Essentially: That means no way in hell for the consumers. I'm crossing my fingers though.
Nerdyguy
2 / 5 (3) Dec 05, 2011
I've literally seen dozens of examples of something like the image above over the last two decades. None have panned out. I think we're getting closer. But, I'm not holding my breath.
Nerdyguy
1 / 5 (1) Dec 05, 2011
These should essentially be free and available anywhere.


Why? Or, more specifically, why these in particular?
Kristian_Pinkerton
1.8 / 5 (5) Dec 05, 2011
Hi Guys,
I have always brought Samsung TV's as they are really good. I hope that you move fast with this technology. This Tech is most defiantly an I IPhone Killer and the Tablet was winner. Now which big company will move fast enough to write an OS for this? And I am wonder is chip and battery technology small enough to fit into this in terms of fast computations and a long battery life. Forget Higgs Boson, this is defiantly the future of things to come, good job Samsung. Anyhow probably the wrong forum but consider pulsing neutrinos in binary using partial detectors cross continent, faster than light because of their light worm hole temporal shift mass, OUT OF THE WATER EFFECT, no need to lay fibre, massive cost saving, couple this with fibre quantum based circuits and chips and where can you go from there. The next generation of super-fast internet/broad band and no need to lay fibre, just auto calibrating synchronising based partial detectors. Low and behold the Cisco GSR 13000 r
Kristian_Pinkerton
1 / 5 (4) Dec 05, 2011
Hi Guys,

I have always brought Samsung TV's as they are really good. I hope that you move fast with this technology. This Tech is most defiantly an I IPhone Killer and the Tablet was winner. Now which big company will move fast enough to write an OS for this? And I am wonder is chip and battery technology small enough to fit into this in terms of fast computations and a long battery life. Forget Higgs Boson, this is defiantly the future of things to come, good job Samsung. Anyhow probably the wrong forum but consider pulsing neutrinos in binary using partial detectors cross continent, faster than light because of their light worm hole temporal shift mass, OUT OF THE WATER EFFECT, no need to lay fibre, massive cost saving, couple this with fibre quantum based circuits and chips and where can you go from there. The next generation of super-fast internet/broad band and no need to lay fibre, just auto calibrating synchronising based partial detectors. Low and behold the Cisco GSR 13000 r
Deesky
5 / 5 (2) Dec 05, 2011
I also don't get the fascination with bendability, but large format OLED displays (TVs) do seem to be poised to make a splash in 2012.

Manufacturing costs have been slashed by using a new process and Sumitomo has said that it plans on starting OLED TV production in early 2012, with an estimated four million 40 inch TVs made annually. LG and Samsung plan to release 55 inch screens in the second half of 2012. This will be a game changer (finally).
Eventide
not rated yet Dec 05, 2011
Thin flexible displays are cool I guess but it is not going to feel good as you stand with that display in your back pocket digs into your butt. It will surely dig into your crotch as you sit if it is in the front pocket. How about some thought on ergonomics? I want my display to be crotch AND butt friendly.
Deesky
5 / 5 (1) Dec 05, 2011
How about some thought on ergonomics? I want my display to be crotch AND butt friendly.

An important consideration, to be sure :)

But the other aspect in relation to touch screens is that you need some rigidity when you're using the UI. However, I doubt that the entire device will be like a postcard any time soon, as you still need a big fat battery to drive it (even with reduced power consumption).
Beerbarian
1 / 5 (1) Dec 05, 2011
I'm sure I'll be running out to buy this in my magical flying car...
Edward_Emanuel
1 / 5 (1) Dec 05, 2011
I telling people , you need higher capacity battery
Edward_Emanuel
1 / 5 (1) Dec 05, 2011
Like atom battery or nuclear battery.
SeeShells
3 / 5 (1) Dec 06, 2011
Flex displays are a great idea as they can be rolled into a tube about like a thick pen and put in your pocket. Provide a 3D experience when wrapped around your head (gamers would love this) Plus didn't I read an company that was working on a software "flex" interface?
HydraulicsNath
not rated yet Dec 06, 2011
Hi there.

Just to say i havnt involved myself in the tech sector as much as i would like too but honestly this seems to be a great step if not vision that companies are aiming at. Flexible displays/thinner and 3d i may sound geeky but it seems that within a decade we'd be getting close to holo-graphics that is if need be... By far 3d technology has shown that its begun laying the ground for improving to make our futuristic views possible.

The future is happening embrace the possibilities and constructively criticize any faults.
cheers
YummyFur
1 / 5 (2) Dec 06, 2011
Now that we have a viable HUD my JetPak® can't be far away.
CreepyD
not rated yet Dec 06, 2011
I hope they would include an option to make it opaque at will.. You wouldn't always want it to be transparent as it would make it harder to see sometimes, especially in bright sunlight.
Isaacsname
not rated yet Dec 06, 2011
What would be really cool is if people could get together and link their flat screen displays ( like the top pic ) together at the edges to create a bigger picture on the fly.

I can't wait until the modders/hackers get ahold of this stuff ;)
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (2) Dec 06, 2011
These should essentially be free and available anywhere.


Essentially: That means no way in hell for the consumers. I'm crossing my fingers though.
Free as in they will cost nothing to print, and the cost of the service will cover them like many cellphones. And us poor people will be subsidized.

I thought a useful feature would be a sensor which would adjust the size of the pic based on the distance to your eyes - like if you moved it closer you would feel like you were climbing into the screen. Closer would give you a wider view. Or like in google earth instead of panning up you just raise the screen upward. A truer window on the world.
Isaacsname
5 / 5 (1) Dec 06, 2011
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