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Flexible, Color OLED Screens For E-Readers 118

Posted by Soulskill
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nadiskafadi writes "Taiwanese researchers have shown off several flexible display technologies in an endeavor to promote e-readers and e-paper. One of the newest technologies from the Industrial Technology Research Institute was a flexible 4.1-inch color OLED (organic light emitting diode) display, which it claims is for the next era of portable devices."
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Flexible, Color OLED Screens For E-Readers

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  • Does anyone know... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by wizardforce (1005805) on Saturday November 28, 2009 @02:23AM (#30253036) Journal

    Did they ever solve the problem that older, flexible, OLED displays had that caused visual distortion as the OLED display was bent or is this still an issue?

  • by Dan East (318230) on Saturday November 28, 2009 @02:30AM (#30253058) Homepage Journal

    Yeah, I've always wondered about that. If you go back a mere 130 years, the only sources of emitted light a person would ever see (off the top of my head) were:

    Sun
    Fire
    Stars
    Lightening
    Auroras
    Lightening bugs, etc
    Foxfire, etc
    Fish (or were they too deep then?)

    So everything the human eye ever saw was reflected light. Since the advent of the television, people began watching and focusing on emitted light directly, and computers, cell phones, etc have taken that even further.

    So what, if anything, does that mean to human vision?

  • by Fantastic Lad (198284) on Saturday November 28, 2009 @02:50AM (#30253130)

    When I was a kid in drafting class at my old highschool I thought to myself. . , "One day in the F*U*T*U*R*E this big drafting board will be digital! Won't that be cool? Where you can have a digital air brush and a digital pencil, etc. That'll be cool! I REALLY want to see that. Everything feels a little wrong with that not being in existence."

    Well, we're getting closer to that reality. Some of the Wacom technology these days is getting pretty impressive, if still clunky.

    Anyway, I half-really believe that the world is one big dream sequence. --And I don't know about the rest of everybody out there, but whenever I dream, dream content usually takes the form of a problem. As a for instance, only a few hours ago I was dreaming a D&D game involving this totally hot friend of mine. She's about as far from 'geek' and D&D as one can get, so it was a pretty ridiculous dream. Anyway, there we were, me, one other geek friend whose face I can't remember for the life of me, and this super-hot yoga-teacher friend of mine. And she's like, "I want to try D&D. Can you set up a game?" And I'm all, "Well, I haven't played in a few years, but I could probably arrange something." And because it's a dream, there we were, walking around in actual Middle Earth, dressed up in our D&D personaes (I'm wearing this idiotic bear skin and carrying a club in one hand and a player's manual in the other. She's done up in a wizard's outfit and having a frustrating time working out how the spells work. WOTC apparently can't even get it right in a dream. Ha ha!)

    Anyway, the game is advancing, but there's this problem in the back of my mind. "She's not supposed to be here. This is just not who she is." And it's bothering me; I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. That's the problem, and because it's a dream, I actually care. So anyway, we wander into a town on our third evening of gaming. The NPC's living there tell us of a dragon in the mountains yonder which needs slaying, and my hot yoga friend finally sighs heavily and says, "You know, I just want to hang out here and bake pies and sell them at the local market. You two go on ahead and fight the monsters. I don't think I'm really into D&D, but thanks for letting me try."

    And just as I was saying, "Yeah, well it was good to try this out, but no prob-" and I woke up.

    That's a pretty basic example, and that's how it always goes. Right when things resolve, whether trying to pass an exam in dream school, or climb a dream mountain, or working out how to dream fly or whatever, right when everything that should be balances with what actually is, that's when I wake up.

    And here's how all this equates to thin-screens. . .

    When digital table-tops finally become a common reality, when you can pick up a virtual pen and draw picture and use your fingers to pull around virtual documents. . , when the digital drafting board is a common reality, that's when my own personal dream of life will have resolved. That's the lynch pin. And we're getting pretty close.

    I wonder what happens when I wake up. I hope the rest of you don't pop out of existence.

    (Take that Gordon Moore.)

    -FL

  • by camperdave (969942) on Saturday November 28, 2009 @03:14AM (#30253194) Journal
    Don't forget Humphrey Davies' invention, the incandescent light bulb. It's over 200 years old, or his other invention, the carbon arc lamp, also 200 years old. Although, would the arc lamp be considered lightning?

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