Flexible and transparent OLEDs from TDK (w/ Video)

Oct 06, 2010 by Lin Edwards report
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(PhysOrg.com) -- Flexible and translucent organic displays have been developed by TDK for use in “bendable” mobile phones and other gadgets, and the bendable display is expected to go into mass production by the end of 2011.

The displays, developed by TDK, use organic light-emitting diode () technology, which means very low power use because they are self illuminating. Having no back light enables the displays to be ultra thin (at 0.3 mm), but TDK’s flexible is also super light because it is manufactured using a film substrate rather than metal or glass.

The resolution of the flexible screen is currently 256 x 64, and it can be up to 10 cm tall and installed on curved surfaces of less than 25 mm radius. Being flexible would make the display more resistant to cracks or breakages.

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The translucent display is 320 x 240 resolution, 50 percent translucent, and up to 10 cm tall. The display uses one-way light emission, meaning the user of the device is able to see the text or images displayed, but people on the other side cannot because the light output is set to the direction of the text, although they can see through the display. The translucent display uses a glass substrate, but a film transparent display is planned for 2012.

Several other companies have previously demonstrated flexible screens, such as Sony, but TDK's is expected to be in mass production by the end of next year, making it the first to actually reach market. The translucent screen is already being mass produced.

The OLEDs were unveiled at the Cutting-Edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC) 2010 in Tokyo, Japan yesterday.

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ShadowRam
5 / 5 (2) Oct 06, 2010
Could I PLEASE finally have a slightly curved touch screen smart device that I can strap to my wrist?
phillip_hooper2
5 / 5 (1) Oct 06, 2010
I would like this applied to windows of my home. The abilty to see what I want out my windows would be great!
Mr_Man
3.7 / 5 (3) Oct 06, 2010
These things will be EVERYWHERE. Windows, clothes, coffee mugs, magazines, you name it. If the material is cheap, flexible and requires low power, you can bet they will be used for everything.

I bet within 3 years we will even have the clear computer monitors with a really thin frame (or no frame).
barkster
not rated yet Oct 06, 2010
I wonder if these things will ever be bright enough for indoor/conformal lighting.
blazingspark
1 / 5 (1) Oct 06, 2010
I would like this applied to windows of my home. The abilty to see what I want out my windows would be great!
I hope no kids play football outside your house!
plasticpower
3 / 5 (1) Oct 07, 2010
Can I just say, the second video was more about the girl than the product :D Not that I mind..
Joro01
not rated yet Oct 07, 2010
Great! But i can't believe, that is enought bright for outdoor. No doubt abaout the flexibility.
Ravenrant
not rated yet Oct 07, 2010
Light thin plastic? Could be used on things to make them invisible. Would be cool on a dirigible or my car.
dood5567
not rated yet Nov 06, 2010
Top right corner:
"Vegeta, what does the scouter say about his power level?"
"It's over 9000!!!!!" *crushes HUD scouter*