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Samsung demos 13-inch stretchable display (video)

by Mark Tyson on 9 September 2021, 13:11

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS)

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We have seen a fair bit of display-related news in recent days. At the end of last week, Asus showcased numerous devices with OLED screens equipped / optional. Then, yesterday, HEXUS reported on Lenovo highlighting OLED panel options for its laptops as a reason to buy a new portable PC. Also yesterday, we reported on LG's interesting advance in next-gen foldable displays – with a promise to deliver tougher than ever folding screens, with minimal crease lines.

Samsung showcased another interesting OLED technology yesterday, during the third day of the Global Tech Korea 2021 show, at COEX, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. Of particular note for cutting-edge tech enthusiasts was the first ever demonstration of Samsung's 13-inch stretchable display.

What use is a stretchable display, you might be asking? Well, the demonstration didn't have anyone pulling the display to be longer or wider, or wearing it as part of some device, rather it was seen deforming from its natural 2D planes into the third dimension. In Samsung's animated example, you could see 'lava flows' among ridges and valleys. The stretchable display deforms to give real physical depth to a map – provides topography to provide a better screen representation of what it depicts – and it can be animated.

According to the ETNews report from the Global Tech Korea 2021 show, Samsung's stretchable display showed excellent performance and provided a realistic representation of what it was supposed to depict in 3D.

While this is the first demo of this 13-inch stretchable OLED, back at SID 2017 Samsung showed off an ancestor of this – a 9-inch version. According to Chang-hee Lee, VP of Samsung Display, the new 13-inch screen is "improved significantly," breaking beyond the 5 per cent deform/flex it could previously manage. Lee went on to predict growing commercialisation possibilities for stretchable displays, as well as rollable and foldable ones.



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Sounds good - Any more advances in these sorts of tech are only going to bring us more cool stuff!!
Imagine a folding phone that can then display a physically 3D contoured OS map, for example… That'd change a lot, from battlefield command to hiking and camping, to asset surveys, even to simple Google Maps.
Ttaskmaster
Sounds good - Any more advances in these sorts of tech are only going to bring us more cool stuff!!
Imagine a folding phone that can then display a physically 3D contoured OS map, for example… That'd change a lot, from battlefield command to hiking and camping, to asset surveys, even to simple Google Maps.
or arguably something even more useful.. brail, instead of multiple sheets of paper etc they could have one device which changes when they finish reading the page etc.
Ttaskmaster
Sounds good - Any more advances in these sorts of tech are only going to bring us more cool stuff!!
Imagine a folding phone that can then display a physically 3D contoured OS map, for example… That'd change a lot, from battlefield command to hiking and camping, to asset surveys, even to simple Google Maps.

or porn :D
LSG501
or arguably something even more useful.. brail, instead of multiple sheets of paper etc they could have one device which changes when they finish reading the page etc.
Rubarb
or porn :D
Well, I recall seeing refreshable braille readers and other telesensory systems in office use back in the 1980s, so it's not a new concept. I think you'd be surprised how much tech support blind people have nowadays.

However, this reminds me of something……

"On the bosom of young Abigail
Was written the price of her tail
And upon her behind,
For the use of the blind,
Was the same information in braille
"


The Corries sang that so beautifully… and I will die horribly when either my daughter is old enough to understand this, or my wife learns I knew about it all along!! :D