May 26, 2010
Sony Announces Flexible Video Screen
On Wednesday, Sony announced that it had developed a prototype flexible color video screen that is small enough to be rolled around a pencil.
The screen consists of an ultra-thin flexible material that is covered in semiconductors, potentially pointing to a future of flexible mobile devices like TVs, electronic newspapers and magazines.
"Even after 1,000 cycles of repeatedly rolling-up and stretching the display, there was no clear degradation in the display's ability to reproduce moving images", Sony told AFP News of its flexible Organic Light Emitting Display (OLED).
Sony is not the only Japanese firm working on a long-lasting flexible display. NHK has been working on a similar product in recent years as well.
Japan's department of New Energy and Industrial Technologies (Nedo) is also heading up a research program in an attempt to create a manufacturing chain for the displays similar to the way newspapers are printed.
Sony said that the prototype screen will be presented on Thursday at a conference in Seattle.
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