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LG will roll out those foldable, bendable display devices by 2017

LG will roll out those foldable, bendable display devices by 2017
What is LG Display up to? Well, judging by its new display roadmap, it's up to putting foldable and rollable displays inside customers who never knew they needed them's hands. The company's Plastic-OLED screen technology, first seen in the wristware delight that is the LG G Watch R, will be the key to the high-tech displays of the near future. Expect to see it inside wearables in odd shapes, in bent smartphone screens, foldable tablets and computers, rollable tablets and television sets, along with curved car computer systems.

In addition to publishing this promising roadmap, LG detailed its Plastic OLED technology for the masses. It begins with a special plastic substrate (polymide) that doesn't melt under the high temperatures of manufacturing and is free of defects. The next stage is adding a TFT (Thin Film Transistor) technology, and then a flexible encapsulation process is applied to guarantee the stability of OLED elements. There is no glass encapsulation involved - once again, a plastic substrate with protection against scratches and fluid is used to protect the screen from harm. The resulting combination is thinner and lighter than both LCD and Glass OLED, as well as technologically simpler as you can see in the second pic below. 

Overall, things look promising for LG Display's P-OLED direction, and we have to say, the engineering and chemistry effort involved in it must be pretty mind-blowing!


source: LG Display via G For Games

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12 Comments

1. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Wow! I love technology!

2. ianneo

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

rolling tv. wut

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

LCD looks embarrassing next to the others.

4. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

P-OLED, came with G Flex first.

6. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Technically yes, but that was just the panel, while the G-Watch R has the full-blown glass-less P-OLED implementation. Cheers!

5. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

OLED makes me concerned for longevity & burn-in, the tech seems designed to stop working after a few years, or has it changed now?

7. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Why would anybody want a rollable TV? It's not like TVs nowadays take as much space as CRTs do. I also doubt it's gonna make it mobile due to its weight and size.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Maybe as a rug in the living room but that's about it. But if they were to make and OLED rug, it would have to be comfortable to stand on and somehow power itself from heat by the fireplace or something. Lol

8. Rigbaby

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

2015=bendable displays. G Flex 2 and/or G4? =D

10. Theonote

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

g flex 2

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I rather have a plastic screen than one made out of glass. Seems like LG is just a bit behind from Samsung.

12. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Apple will sue lg for bendable devices. #bendgate.

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