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Flexible and bendable displays to hit the mainstream next year, according to Korean researcher

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Flexible and bendable displays to hit the mainstream next year, according to Korean researcher
Earlier this year, both Samsung and LG released smartphones with curved displays. Samsung was the first to do it, launching the Galaxy Round, but making it hard to find outside South Korea. On the other hand, LG’s smartphone, called G Flex, was introduced one month later, and yet it’s already seeing an almost global roll out (the US should get it early next year).

However, devices with truly flexible displays are still things of the future. Although it’s probably a very near future.

Kim Yun-hi, leading researcher and Chemistry professor at the Gyeongsang National University (one of South Korea’s 10 Flagship National Universities) believes that smart devices which can be folded and rolled up are bound to become widely available starting next year. Interestingly, Kim Yun-hi told The Korea Herald that she's expecting upcoming generations of Google’s Glass and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch to be released “within a couple years” sporting fully flexible displays.

The professor’s expectations are based on the fact that she and a group of researchers have developed organic polymers that could overcome the limitations of current technologies.

“The flexible displays [available now] do not deserve their name since they were just stretched by force into a curved shape,” Kim said.

But the newly-developed organic polymers provide better pliability and stability than what’s now out there, and also feature “a record-high level of charge-carrying mobility”. So Korean researchers hope that these can pave the way to lighter and cheaper flexible devices.

Reportedly, Kim Yun-hi has already received calls from unnamed global chemical and display firms which are seeking to use the new technology in their flexible OLED panels.

Sure enough, “seeing is believing” is the best approach that we can take regarding all this. But things seem to go in the right direction anyway, so we’re just going to say that the future’s bright... and flexible.

source: The Korea Herald

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posted on 19 Dec 2013, 06:51 1

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Yeah, bring more versatile flexible displays.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 07:11 3

2. taikucing (unregistered)

flexible display + rigid body = useless. And curve phones are stupid idea.
Make true bendable phones please (with bendable glass, bendable battery, bendable PCB, bendable chip, bendable camera sensor).

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 07:34 4

3. ngyixian96 (Posts: 91; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)

Curve phones are totally useless ~

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 08:24 1

5. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Only benefit right now is it is extremely hard to break the actual display panel.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 07:38

4. sipha (Posts: 438; Member since: 12 May 2012)

Am sorry, but stil very sceptical!!

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 10:33

6. Loubielou (Posts: 554; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

If These Screens are better for Power an can last alot longer than normal screens then they might become popular,but i am sure there going to make the smartphone more expensive to buy,we have seen the Lg Flex not very good on the Drop Test an the screen an glass broke easily

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 11:42

7. Mube007 (Posts: 249; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)

Tacuking r u dreaming

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 09:05

8. JMartin22 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

I want a normal, FLAT phone. If it's just curved, I don't care for it

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