LG have just blown our minds with a demo of an 18 inch, ‘roll up’ transparent display. Currently at the prototype stage of development, the flexible 1,200 x 810 resolution screen is a nod towards 2017 when LG predict we will be using 4K flexible, transparent OLEDs of 60 inches or so. Bring it on guys…
LG Display have just shown off some demo pics of a new display panel that speaks to us from the future; a flexible display panel that uses polymide film instead of plastic allowing it to be bent and curled by hand. As if inspired by science fiction, the flexible panel can actually be rolled into tube only 3cm across.
Korean manufacturer LG is known for their prowess in manufacturing great looking panels, indeed the LG G3 has proved to have probably the most advanced 2K resolution screen we have encountered on a smartphone. This is all due to the advanced technology development going on at LG Display, a sub-division of LG Group that includes LG Electronics. LG Display is in fact considered one of the world’s biggest supplier of LCD and OLED displays, enjoys a global revenue of around 25 billion USD and has manufacturing bases in China, Poland, Mexico and of course South Korea.
As well as the flexible roll up display panel, LG also demoed a transparent display, not so dissimilar to what we have seen in Star Trek and other sci-fi classics. The current prototype has three times the see-through value, or transmittance of previous-gen technologies and frankly looks really impressive.
We’ve seen ground braking flexible tech already this year with flexible batteries from Prologium, so it kind of feels like there will be a exponential burst of flexible and wearable technologies when these two concepts collide somewhere in the near future. At that junction we will be enjoying technology that fits our bodies and our surroundings in ways that are simply inconceivable right now.