Rubber-like display stretches definition of OLED

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a new kind of OLED display that can stretch and deform like rubber.

The flexible OLED display

When it comes to a dream laptop, my biggest dilemma is that I want the machine to be as portable as possible (aka tiny), and at the same time have a huge screen. And by huge I mean 20 inches or larger.

Now it seems there's a glimpse of hope.

According to, researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a new kind of OLED display flexible enough to stretch or deform like rubber.

The team demonstrated a face-shaped display that showed changing expressions, together with a spherical screen that displayed weather information.

The researchers accomplished this by connecting OLEDs and organic transistors with a new rubbery conductor. With this, for now, they can spread the display over a curved surface without affecting its performance. The display can also be folded in half or crumpled up without incurring any damage.

This means in the future I can just fold my 30-inch LCD into a tiny square box and expand it when I need to use it. Or better yet, I'll just make a T-shirt out of it and wear it wherever I go.

Read more on flexible displays.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.


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