In the recent CES (Consumer Electronics Summit), several developments regarding device displays and screens have been u
nveiled, particularly the introduction of flexible screens. The most noteworthy of which has been YOUM, which had received much acclaim. The flexible screen innovations had proven that there indeed exists high-quality technology that will no longer restrict manufacturers to creating flat, straight screens. And this is not merely for display—these screens can also be interacted with via touch.
What can flexible screens do for electronics?
Flexible screens can change the way our mobile technology works. Phones can be designed with screens that are no longer made of a single panel down the side, but extending over the curves and bends of the phone in a three-dimensional flow.
Let’s say you’re at a dinner date with friends, but you have your business phone lying on the table because you’re anxiously expecting an important text message, or an important VoIP call. Instead of having to pick it up each time to check, it has a notification on the visible display in order to see if that is the one you are waiting for. The screen could extend around the side of the phone, giving you a steady marquee preview of the contents of the message.
Another great application will be for entertainment appliances, such as TV screens, which Samsung may be taking advantage of.
Samsung prepares flexible screens for great viewing anywhere
A newly published patent from Samsung describes a television screen that is equipped with a flexible display. The screen’s bends and curves could be flexed and adjusted via remote control, thereby enabling the users to find the perfect angle of the television screen no matter where they are in the room. The physical display will bend according to a “panel deformation member”.
Apart from adjusting the curvature of the screen, the images would also adjust according to the flex of the screen, so it guarantees no distortion regardless of the screen’s bend. It would appear as a regular flat panel would when in face-forward position. This guarantees distortion-free, crisp, and clear imagery whether they are sitting on a sofa in front of the television, or slouching in a chair at the side of the room.
According to the patent, users will have the option to bend either the entire screen or just a portion. The remote would also be capable of reacting to Bluetooth or infrared connections, so potentially, there could be an app developed that could transmit the commands from a smartphone. The viewer could, through a menu option screen, be able to customize how the screen bends and rotates, down to the precise degree necessary.
This is not the first we have heard of Samsungs OLED displays with flexible screens, but this is indeed the first time they have declared its practical application that isn’t on a smartphone. The most recent flat screen unveiling from Samsung was the F8000, focusing more on its specialized commands and its capability to integrate to social media. Therefore, this flexible screen is a huge leap for the company in terms of innovation, should it ever come to fruitition.