Curved, thin, flexible: Pick any two.
Korean manufacturing behemoth LG created a stir at CES yesterday when they presented a concept demonstration of a digital display device that can be rolled up like a newspaper. The resolution on the 18-inch prototype is 1200 x 810. LG says the goal is 4K quality on a 55-inch screen.
LG was able to create the demo device by making a key production change. Past flexible display devices have used LED technology; LG has switched in its development work to thinner, more-flexible OLED technology (organic light-emitting diodes). The change allowed them to give the current model a thickness of 2.57 millimeters.
A limitation in this concept demo is the screen can’t be made completely flat. That limits such obvious uses as a replacement for newspapers, or for construction or shop documents. Smartphones and automobiles are a more likely first stop for this technology.
What do we think?
The old computer industry adage is “fast, good, cheap: pick any two.” So far for flat displays the equivalent seems to be “curved, thin, flexible: pick any two.” Someday, it will all come together. But don’t throw away your wide-format printer just yet.