LG, Samsung show off new prototypes of futuristic flexible displays

Samsung and LG gave us glimpses of the future of e-readers and computing devices at the FPD International event this week Japan.

Samsung and LG demonstrated differing — although possibly complimentary — glimpses of the future of display technology at the Flat Panel Display International event being held Nov. 10-12 in Chiba, Japan.

LG showed off a 19-inch e-paper display that can be flexed from side to side without distorting the text and images on the screen. Samsung demonstrated an OLED screen that can curved and bent while still displaying a perfectly-clear full-color image.

Here's a short 94-second video clip from IDG that offers a glimpse of both technologies:

The LG e-paper displays are clearly aimed at low-cost, low-profile readers that will replace today's books and newspapers, and potentially even many business documents as well.

Meanwhile, Samsung's flexible OLED is targeting next-generation multimedia and computing devices. OLED (organic light emitting diode) is a much different technology than today's LCD (liquid crystal display) screens. LCDs have screen with a separate light panel behind it to shine through the screen and display the images. OLED uses a single screen in which the pixels generate light when charged by an electrical current. This allows for OLEDs to be far thinner than traditional LCDs (even the newer ones with LED backlighting).


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