The Next Big Thing
Flexible screens: The hype and hopeWhat's the point of flexible screens? CNET's Brian Cooley discusses the hype around the new curved, bendable screen technology and why you might want it.
-Let's talk a little about the so called, Flexible Display Screens. -This is the company's first use OLED technology that allows the TV to achieve superior picture quality compared to current Plasma and LED TVs. -This is your very first look at a turning little glass. This is actually a bendable glass that we will see in application soon. -For those of you keeping score of the curved phone market, the arch on the G Flex is different from the bend in Samsung's Galaxy Round, which has the left and right sides curving inwards. -Perhaps the defining point around flexible screens right now, is who gets to flex them? Currently, it's just the manufacturer. For example, look at the Samsung Galaxy Round phone, or the LG Curved OLED screen TV. Those are flexible screens. But they're flexed in a manufacturing process to create a fixed curved final product. All of which brings us to the really big point which is, what is the point of a flexible screen? Right now, it is looking fairly like a solution hunting for a problem. But there are several prospects. First of which is durability. If you've ever broken your phone or tablet, it's probably because the rigidity of its screen disagreed with that of a sidewalk. If your mobile device had a screen with some gift, it might not break nearly as often. The next prospect is formability. The idea, the screen can be used to curve around a part of your body where a device is worn. You don't really wanna take a slab-like screen, and strapped in to your wrist in a smart watch era. Or for glasses that could be better at contour into your face. Same thing going on inside of car interiors, look around about the only thing left that is not some kind of an organic ovoid in the dash, is that flat screen. It could be nice if it was more mapped to the car shapes. And finally, visibility. This is going on right now, and I mean it in the marketing sense. Any product today, small or large, that has a curved screen is really standing out in either the retail aisle, or on the web-based review page. But that isn't necessarily a functional attribute for you, the end user. Now I'm not sure if whatever gonna be carrying, a lot of screen you'd gonna roll up and fold, and have them stay intact. The next big thing status of flexible displays remains somewhat up in the air. But it's a fascinating one to watch.