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Flexible screens vs e-Ink flat screens vs OLED flat screens?

by shmody / May 4, 2009 8:04 AM PDT

Which technology development would affect the biggest impact on content delivery - Flexible screens vs e-Ink flat screens vs OLED flat screens?

I like the direction of display technology shown by e-ink products, however I keep thinking that flexible screen technology would allow way, way, WAY more to happen. And if the point of technology (for the masses) is all about content (delivery, retrieval, creation, storage, etc.) - then wouldn't it be more important to develop that?

or...if flexible screen technology was available today in a popular product category, would it be too ahead of its time? Or is e-ink and OLED development on the previously written plan for display makers to figure out such that flexible screen tech is possible?

anyway...I just got lots of questions about this stuff...

Best,
Shalin

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Hmm

E-ink, limited use. I want a device that does as much as possible so I have to full my house with a few gadgets as possible. E-ink only use is ebook readers, instant fail.
Flexible screens? Hmm, I dunno, roll up screens? Might distort images... not sure how useful it is anyway.
I want the flat OLED screen. It'll do any task well. Probably use less power than LCD too. Would make a great technology for some sort of touchscreen netbook tablet that I'm hoping Apple comes out with, that would take on both kindle and netbooks.

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development would likely make flexible screens sharp...
by shmody / May 5, 2009 3:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Hmm

development would likely make flexible screens sharp...

I would think that development work would ensure sharp images...

And actually, I should clarify - ultimately, roll-up screens is what I was considering. Related possibilities would be flexible screens and foldable screens. It would probably allow the smartphones to be 1/3 the size and have a roll-out/pop-out screen when needed. Computer displays and TVs would benefit also...

here's some example on flexible screen stuff:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9722721-1.html
http://www.lgphilips-lcd.com/homeContain/jsp/eng/inv/inv101_j_e.jsp?BOARD_IDX=1280&languageSec=E
http://www.solidsmack.com/flexible-e-paper-display-hits-ces/2008-01-03/
http://www.engadget.com/2007/07/30/lg-philips-develops-oil-and-water-based-flexible-display/

http://www.physorg.com/news146743304.html
http://www.switched.com/2008/01/22/cell-phone-with-a-foldable-screen-coming-mid-2008/

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The real issue here is battery life.

E-ink displays remind me of the old black and white LCD days of the first palm pilots and handspring visors. They worked as advertised but they certainly weren't what I'd call "exciting." And nobody bought them once backlit color screens became available. E-Ink isn't the future. its a placeholder until we can make batteries last longer and full color screen consume less power.

And flexible displays, while interesting in a geeky way, don't address these power issues that we need to solve for a true, portable entertainment device.

So my money is on OLED. Combine these screens with new advancements in battery technology into a portable all-in-one device and you'd have a winner. Who would buy an overpriced etch-a-sketch for just reading books when a device of that size could do so, so much more?

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