New OLED display prototype is razor-thin, flexible

— 5:27 PM on May 25, 2007

The prototype. Source: Sony.
Sony has developed a new protoype OLED display that is extremely thin, flexible, and capable of displaying a full 16.7 million colors (eight bits per channel). The display is 2.5" (6cm) across, a mere 0.01" (0.3mm) thick, and it has a resolution of 120x160, which works out to pixel density of 80 pixels per inch—the world's highest definition, according to Sony. To make the display bendable, Sony combined organic LED (OLED) and organic thin film transistor (TFT) technologies.

Sony spokesman Chisato Kitsukawa has talked to the Daily Mail about potential applications for the display, and it looks like Sony has some interesting ideas. According to Kitsukawa, "In the future, [a display based on the same technology] could get wrapped around a lamppost or a person's wrist, even worn as clothing. Perhaps it can be put up like wallpaper."

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