Samsung offers a future with lots of touchscreeen displays in concept video

Samsung has been teasing us with the prospect of devices that have flexible touchscreen displays for some time, but in a recently unearthed video from their display division, the company goes all out to offer a future where interactive screens, including ones that can fold and bend, are pretty much everywhere.

The video was uploaded to the Samsung Display YouTube channel in November but went unlisted; it was found earlier this week by TechnoBuffalo. The three minute clip begins with a man taking a sip from his coffee thermos. However, it also has a touchscreen display that curves completely around the object. It's used to scan the man's finger that can then reveal his current health, in some unexplained way.

The rest of the video shows other displays that are curved and folded for various products, such as a chopping board that can read the calories of the food that's being prepared. One sequence shows a girl at school that use tablet screens which are unbreakable, as evidenced by one of them falling to the floor unscathed. Even a car window can be turned into a interactive screen in this future world.

The interesting (some might say scary) thing about the video is that the technology needed to make this touchscreen future timeline a reality is not that far away. It will be interesting to see how many of Samsung's Display ideas come true in the next five to 10 years.

Source: Samsung Display on YouTube via TechnoBuffalo

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The problem with Samsung on this and the very same problem that I have with their smartwatch is that they are trying to create products for problems that don't exist, basically manufacturing problems. If a product doesn't solve a real problem and you have to manufacture a problem for the product to fit it, something is not being done right.

1.14....haha no thanks Samsung, I don't want a future where I have to check my vegetables for radiation levels

I think Microsoft released a version of the future where hand gestures and voice was leading the way. I think that is more practical and more long term than touch interfaces everywhere. But Samsung has the best displays for touch and flexibility so of course they will focus on those =). But I just see Kinect and the ultrasound wave devices being the long term future of navigation.

they could have just showed some tron legacy clips instead of making such boring video with a man repeatedly saying "samsung display"

I foresee a lot of this touch/holographic tech being integrated into PC devices.

Anyone here want to still picks holes into Metro and Metro like UIs on devices?

Windows Nashville said,

What Samsung is showing here is vastly better than Metro. I can't imagine Microsoft catching up to what Samsung (or Apple, or Google) already offers or will be offering in the future.

Show a concept is not the same as deliver it.... You might want to watch the original MS concept; personally I find it by far better than Samsung one although this is a matter of personal preferences.

Windows Nashville said,

What Samsung is showing here is vastly better than Metro. I can't imagine Microsoft catching up to what Samsung (or Apple, or Google) already offers or will be offering in the future.

Neither Samsung, Apple, or Google have even hinted at conceptual work that'll bring anything like this to light. Microsoft is the only company that has taken steps with Windows 8 to move in this general direction.

Fritzly said,

Show a concept is not the same as deliver it.... You might want to watch the original MS concept; personally I find it by far better than Samsung one although this is a matter of personal preferences.

Samsung already has the market penetration to actually get such things into mainstream use. So do Apple and Android. Microsoft lags so far behind in mobile and tablets, I can't imagine them being a player for this kind of technology even if they were able to develop things that were better than Samsung (which in itself is arguable).

Windows Nashville said,

Samsung already has the market penetration to actually get such things into mainstream use. So do Apple and Android. Microsoft lags so far behind in mobile and tablets, I can't imagine them being a player for this kind of technology even if they were able to develop things that were better than Samsung (which in itself is arguable).

Ok? And? That's not going to stop them from developing these kinds of technology. You should see what they're doing at Microsoft Research.

Tell me, what does Samsung research? God knows, Apple doesn't do much of their own.

i think the way they did the example devices is silly. A coffee cup?? a cutting board? really? a binder that doesn't lay flat? and the things that would be practical could have been shown in such a better way. Samsung really doesn't get commercials does it? They need to hire someone else.

Who the hell needs all that tech in our lives?? Its bad enough people's faces are stuck in their phones all day.. This simply will make things worst.. ugh. And the way things are going in the world i doubt we will ever see this future

i agree until your last sentence, the way things are going in the world I am sure we will see this future (but with even more advertising).

That said, impatiently waiting for foldable tablets and phones.

and I see a world with a lot of sick kids from touching snot covered touch devices all day... O_o dumbasses!

I remember once having to help someone out with a disgustingly dirty laptop; the kind with finger dirt covering every key. This particular someone also had a cold that day, and got snot/saliva onto their touchpad just before I had to use it. This might have actually helped my finger glide its way through the grease and dirt that covered it. Doused my hands with sanitizer afterwards.

Keyboards and mice are also vulnerable to becoming disgusting - as much so as touch screens. The latter, being a smooth surface, might actually be easier to clean regularly.

zhangm said,
The latter, being a smooth surface, might actually be easier to clean regularly.

This. I'm sure they'll add wipe detectors to the touchscreens in future so that the touch input gets turned off during cleaning to prevent you accidentally ordering something expensive just by wiping the screen

This. I'm sure they'll add wipe detectors to the touchscreens in future so that the touch input gets turned off during cleaning to prevent you accidentally ordering something expensive just by wiping the screen

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