Sony’s paper thin display TV
In the race for ever-thinner displays for TVs, cell phones and other gadgets, Sony may have developed one to beat them all – a razor-thin display that bends like paper while showing full-color video.
Sony Corp. released video of the new 2.5-inch display Friday. In it, a hand squeezes a display that is 0.3 millimeters, or 0.01 inch, thick. The display shows color images of a bicyclist stuntman and a picturesque lake.
Although flat-panel TVs are getting slimmer, a display that’s so thin it bends in a human hand marks a breakthrough.It has yet to decide on commercial products using this technology, Sony spokesman said.
In the near future, it could get wrapped around a lamppost or a person’s wrist, even worn as clothing and perhaps it can be put up like wallpaper.There are some hurdles remained, including making the display bigger, ensuring durability and cutting costs.
The display’s pliancy is extremely difficult to imitate with liquid crystal displays and plasma display panels – the two main display technologies now on the market.To come up with a flexible screen at that image quality is groundbreaking and you can drop it, and it won’t break because it’s as thin as paper.The new display combines two technologies: Sony’s organic thin film transistor, which is required to make flexible displays, and organic electroluminescent display.
Other companies, including LG. Philips LCD Co. and Seiko Epson Corp., are also working on a different kind of “electronic paper” technology, but Sony said the organic electroluminescent display delivers better color images and is more suited for video.
Sony was working on a major technology for a film like thin display that it could be rolled up like paper and working on to boost its status as a technological powerhouse. See the Demo Video.