Sony unveils the future of screens, rollable OLED displays

Sony announced on Wednesday that it has successfully developed a super-flexible 4.1" OTFT full colour OLED display which can be wrapped around a thin cylinder.

Spotted by the team at Engadget, the display is capable of reproducing moving images while being repeatly rolled-up. Sony has only announced the development of the technology but no associated products. The firm hopes it will assist with thin, light-weight, durable and mobile devices with enhanced form-factor.

The technology is a glimpse into the future of how devices and form factors may be influenced by more flexible, durable and light-weight technology. Devices such as tablet computers, mobile phones and laptops could all benefit from rollable or bendable screens. Microsoft courier anyone?

Sony says it will unveil the results of this development on May 27 at the 2010 Society for Information Display conference in Seattle, Washington.

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Isn't the title just a wee bit sensationalist?
How exactly has Sony "announced the future of screens" when companies have been talking about rollable screens for years if not decades?

Once this tech is standard across the board (assuming quality and durability are improved a lot), it will be incredibly cheap to produce, I can see myself 10 years from now using this to 'wallpaper' one of my walls

Matt B said,
so awesome...
i wonder if this will be targeted at smart phones first

Why? Smart phones can't be like that, it would be pointless if you won't be able to roll it, and its not even a touchscreen

Sebianoti said,

Why? Smart phones can't be like that, it would be pointless if you won't be able to roll it, and its not even a touchscreen

While I do agree with you, I'm sure they can incorporate this into the design of non touchscreen smart phones. Just imagine, you have a non touch screen, blackberry for example, and you want to open up an excel spread sheet, but your screen is too small for proper viewing, so you just roll it out and make your screen bigger. There are plenty of applications in the mobile phone market that this technology will fit in. Of course, it will really take off if they can produce a touchscreen version!

ceminess said,

While I do agree with you, I'm sure they can incorporate this into the design of non touchscreen smart phones. Just imagine, you have a non touch screen, blackberry for example, and you want to open up an excel spread sheet, but your screen is too small for proper viewing, so you just roll it out and make your screen bigger. There are plenty of applications in the mobile phone market that this technology will fit in. Of course, it will really take off if they can produce a touchscreen version!


Oh now i understand! thanks

burnblue said,

You know full well those will soon cease to exist. If it ain't touch it ain't smart

Haha for real!?! I want what your smoking! Non touchscreen phones will still exist for a long time. I still prefer my BB over anything else.

AKLP said,
What about the quality of the image?

Well obviously that will have to be worked on, but this is a step in the right direction!

This is awesome to say the least!

Osiris said,
sweet, ill take my Earth Final Conflict style PDA now please.

That would make this the big selling point for me

Interesting, wonder how long till fold-able/disposable OLED restaurant menus come out? I can see it happening, their saying OLED will eventually be incredibly cheap to make.

sidroc said,
Interesting, wonder how long till fold-able/disposable OLED restaurant menus come out? I can see it happening, their saying OLED will eventually be incredibly cheap to make.

With them thin enough, you don't need foldable. They would only need one of these. You can flip pages right on the screen. If they want it for the authentic look of a menu, then they can just put 2-4 of them together and you'll have it.

dogmai said,

With them thin enough, you don't need foldable. They would only need one of these. You can flip pages right on the screen. If they want it for the authentic look of a menu, then they can just put 2-4 of them together and you'll have it.

Good point. Also, the big benefit of these is that they could have them networked to a central server or computer and update all menus at all of their restaurants across the country with the push of a button. No more reprinting for new menus.

dogmai said,

With them thin enough, you don't need foldable. They would only need one of these. You can flip pages right on the screen. If they want it for the authentic look of a menu, then they can just put 2-4 of them together and you'll have it.

For menus? You do need foldable. Because inevitably someone will try to fold them.

Silverskull said,
For menus? You do need foldable. Because inevitably someone will try to fold them.

If the menu is built into a plastic or fiberglass housing I don't think anyone will try and bend them.