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Samsung Display to Unveil World’s First ‘Stretchable’ Display Panel
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Samsung Display to Unveil World’s First ‘Stretchable’ Display Panel
  • By Cho Jin-young
  • May 23, 2017, 01:30
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Samsung Display is expected to showcase the world's first
Samsung Display is expected to showcase the world's first "stretchable" display panel at a U.S. tech fair this week. The display can stretch as much as 12 millimeters when pressed.

 

A scene of the 2016 Society for Information Display.
A scene of the 2016 Society for Information Display.

 

Is it possible to flexibly stretch the size of smartphone displays to tablet computers and reduce it again? The South Korean tech giant has unveiled the technology which makes the impossible possible for the first time in the world.

Samsung Display announced on May 22 that it will showcase its advanced future display products which have never been revealed such as stretchable display, glasses-free 3D organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and ultra-high-definition LCD display that features 2,250 pixels per inch (ppi), at the Society for Information Display (SID) 2017, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 23 to 25 (local time).

The most striking exhibit from Samsung at the event will be a 9.1-inch stretchable OLED display. The product is a next generation display technology that can be flexibly stretched. It is considered the future technology that fits the most for wearable, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) devices as well as automotive displays.

The current flexible OLED is able to bend on only one side, but the stretchable OLED display can be transformed – whether curved, bended or rolled – in more than two directions. Industry watchers said the stretchable display calls for more complicated technology than any other displays in the market.

When pressed, the stretchable OLED display can move up to 12 millimeters in a direction and then settle when released – like a balloon – while retaining a high degree of resolution. An official from Samsung Display said, “Currently, people wear a smartwatch like the Gear S3 on the wrist. When using the stretchable OLED display, they can attach a smartwatch to clothes or the body and move freely. The stretchable display will be widely used in the era of the fourth Industrial Revolution at the moment when the demand of healthcare through the IoT is on the rise.”