Not too long ago, we often would come across images of an e-reader or a tablet device that could bend to some extent. Prominent among them were Liquavista though none of them ever made it to the market. Samsung too had showed off displays in the past that could even be rolled like a paper. However, Samsung has upped the game a notch higher by coming up with a display that is not only flexible but is also transparent.
In fact, Samsung believes the future of tablets would be the ones that are not only flexible but also transparent in its looks. A concept video of this future tablets has been prepared by the Mobile Display division at Samsung where they have used an AMOLED panel that is rollable and bendable for this purpose. The clip depicts a highly technical gadget that starts as a mobile phone and later converts into a tablet. The sheet that unfolds is transparent and can be used for GPS as well as an e-reader.
The project can be said to be at a very nascent stage as of now so that we might still be years away from products capable to displaying characteristics such as those depicted in the video. Samsung though is quite positive about coming out with something that works with AMOLED products in 2012. For one, Samsung have to come up with an idea of where to place the components that would make up the gadget and yet maintain its flexibility. What the prototype can be expected to be is a hybrid item of a phone and a tablet given the folding screen that Samsung has displayed earlier this year.
However, its not only Samsung that has been exhibiting a keen interest on flexible displays. In fact, there are several companies like Sony, AUO, LG, HP, Toshiba, TDK that are in various stages of developing flexible OLEDs. This might well be the early indication of the tablets and e-readers of future to sport bright and flexible displays, a far cry from the iPad or the Kindle Fires that we are playing around with right now.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email