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Samsung Display concepts and videos show a future where flexible, foldable, transparent displays are everywhere

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Samsung Display concepts and videos show a future where flexible, foldable, transparent displays are everywhere
Austrian website oled.at unveiled some weeks-old concept videos and images from Samsung Display, previously shown behind closed doors on Samsung's annual Analyst Day (November 6) in Seoul. The materials demonstrate futuristic concepts for application of the now familiar flexible OLED display technology in everyday life, which we've become used to seeing only in sci-fi movies like Minority Report.

In the future which Samsung's display arm envisions, practically every solid surface can become a screen, and every display can be bent and folded. Thanks to this technology, not only bezels, but gadgets' bodies themselves have become a thing of the past. Highlights from the trailer include: a foldable display alarm clock; a smart kitchen table; a car window that not only provides a view outside, but also has touch-controls for raising or lowering the glass as well as adjustments for the air-conditioning; a transparent, digital blackboard; and many more. At this point, such concepts seem mind-bogglingly ambitious, but display technology is a huge area of research and investment for Samsung. Let's hope we won't become too old before we can see some of this technology in action.


Samsung's next concept, called Magic Phone, gets even crazier. The Galaxy Gear smart-watch has a small attachment on its wristband, which houses a microphone and a roll-able OLED display. The screen can be pulled and extended out of this attachment, turning the smart-watch into a full-fledged Galaxy S smartphone. It literally looks like a trick that an illusionist would pull, hence the name Magic Phone.


Next comes the Samsung Foldiplay. When switched off, it's nothing but a transparent sheet of plastic. Turn it on, and it becomes a screen, which you can fold into a smartphone or tablet. The Foldiplay seems purely conceptual - we can't possibly imagine Samsung selling a piece of technology that literally looks like plastic book binding. Not even in the 22th century! However, perhaps thin and flexible display technology will become so advanced and affordable, that someday it will completely replace the paper used in print media.


Finally, Samsung has concocted an original design for a smartphone charger - the Healing Charger. It has transparent displays on its sides, which can show a simulated aquarium, information about the weather or something else, as you charge your handset inside it. Such a gizmo not only seems useful, but it can also provide beautiful decoration.
Samsung Display concepts and videos show a future where flexible, foldable, transparent displays are everywhere
The question you are probably asking yourself right now is “is any of this possible?”. We're asking ourselves the same, but its no secret that most of the foundation for such futuristic technology is already laid out. Albeit in a primitive state, compared to what we see in the videos and images, flexible displays, batteries and other crucial components are being worked on and improved as we speak, and computer chips are becoming increasingly smaller and powerful. While it will take a long while before Samsung's display-centric future dawns upon us, this vision isn't as maniacal as it now seems.

source: oled.at via Android Authority

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posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:05 1

1. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 105; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Screens on everything. Talk about distractions.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:07 13

2. Diego! (Posts: 504; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Awesome! This is truly innovative! Go Sammy go!

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:07 1

3. mayur007 (Posts: 409; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


nice videos

but nothing can match old era phones like nokia e,n series 3310 etc old feature phones they had there own charm ya but its good to see innovation

good work samsung :)

nokia where are you :/

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 13:09 2

25. Ashoaib (Posts: 1815; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Nokia where are you? Nokia doomed... hahaha
you should ask sammy to develop time machine and then go in the past :p

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 03:47

38. iTechies (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)


nokia is long deeeaaaddd

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:10

4. mayur007 (Posts: 409; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


by the way where is the battery , how are they running ??

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 12:17 2

15. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Magical Rays of Sunshine from heaven... Duh.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:14 1

5. byczybyk (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


none of that was showed behind closed doors ;]

and the concepts are winners of samsung contest for design of a device

very good journalism phonearena =)

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:19

6. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


beautiful concept but touchwiz still sucks

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 12:34

17. turk_az (Posts: 27; Member since: 11 May 2012)


they can use UI of the first video .. it's much cooler than touchwiz .. if they can create nice UI in the concept video why not change the touchwiz to something like that

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:21

7. byczybyk (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


again, those ar not concepts by samsung ;]

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:31

8. coinmanmat (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


Of course it would be Samsung that comes up with some crazy applications for displays

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 10:57

9. techguyone (Posts: 101; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Nice to see Samsung copying again... this time Adverts, the first video could be an updated 'World Of Corning Glass' advert...

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 11:09

10. nasznjoka (Posts: 336; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


but i thought plastic technology is real and there's a project in Russia for them

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 11:23

11. kylehudsons (Posts: 49; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


i like all the concepts but the dont u people think that the foldiplay is kinda crazy...
kinda too weird for me... well, thats me, dunno bout u guys out there...

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 11:33 2

12. ngyixian96 (Posts: 81; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)


To samsung : Stop making bullsh*t video and start ur project !!!!!

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 11:42

13. remyrz (Posts: 188; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


that's what I'm always saying... -_-

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 14:45

29. Taters (Posts: 2816; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


They put the most effort and money into R&D. Sure they can take some of the budget from marketing and add it into R & D and try to accelerate this future better, but unfortunately that's not how the world works.

If they don't make money they are in no position to accomplish this. They are doing it the right way though. Make some money and play with this stuff on the side with your profits.

Unlike Apple that just keeps every penny and doesn't even put a dime into R&D.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 19:48

31. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6363; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


They already have and they are still in testing phase. That's why they have prototypes

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 11:44

14. oister85 (Posts: 395; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Is the competition ready for this change as well.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 12:18 1

16. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I dunno if I want my smartphone to be a flimsy sheet of "paper" that flips out of my wrist, but the concepts for the "smart home" are amazing. If this does indeed come to fruition, it will be quite the feat.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 12:43

22. Loubielou (Posts: 207; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Touch Screen Coffee Tables would be Amazing,but All these ideas look outstanding,but with the current times,loads would not be able to Afford to Buy these concepts,Folding phones with 3 screens would be Amazing

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 13:16 1

27. HildyJ (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Vision is good. Goals are good. Creating prior art before Apple patents it is very good. Whiny LG employees, not so good.

I don't think the foldable display is that far in the future and the video was realistic enough that the folds showed up as dark spaces rather than as part of the display. What is unrealistic is the total transparency. I would suspect we might see foldable displays where the initial frame is thicker and opaque and stores the battery and processors.

Go for it Sammy. Except for the Magic Phone . . . that just looks silly.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 19:50

33. fireblade (Posts: 693; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


nice concept

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 23:42

35. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 633; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Great Ideas, Great concept.. But we are still about 20-25 years for this technology to become commercially viable.. With samsung's innovation & Research and development, i guess this technology would be available in 08-10 years.. Lead the way...

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 05:07

39. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1000; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


this is insane!sammy is just having nightmare dream.i dreamed of this to but i new it wasnt real cus the foldplay i dreamed of had no battery and wheres sammy's battery? or this can be a solar folder,..

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 19:04

44. makio9 (Posts: 47; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


It's funny how technology worlds depicted in the commercials are always made to look so clean, but what the products are doing to do the world really is anything but creating a cleaner environment.

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