Stretchable/Foldable OLED Raises new Hopes for Screen Tech (video)

Researchers at UCLA have just demonstrated a new flexible OLED screen concept. It’s no good as a display just yet, but the fact that it can shine while being stretched is a hopeful sign that one day we have a truly pocketable large-screen ereader.

The research team led by Professor Qibing Pei has just published a new paper in the recent issue of Advanced Materials (“Intrinsically Stretchable Polymer Light-Emitting Devices Using Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composite Electrodes”).(The paper covers just how they created a flexible light source and it’s possible that everyone talking about this as a screen tech might be talking through their hats.)

Now, most people look at this and think about how cool it will be to stretch it. That’s not such a great feature, IMO; doubling the screen size won’t double the pixels. That’s why I think the flexible nature of the new screen is more important; you could ball it up and shove it in your pocket without worrying about killing it.

BTW, this demo is in a lab that has the thermostat turned up to 70 degrees Celsius. It’s going to be quite a ways before this tech works at room temperature even as a light source, much less a screen.

via NanoWerk

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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