Samsung showed off its flexible OLED technology again this year at CES. Could this be the year that Samsung decides it wants to launch the technology, or will we have to wait another year for the South Korean tech giant to work out the kinks?
Samsung just recently presented some new prototypes of their 'Youm' line of flexible, organic light-emitting diode displays (OLED) at the 2013 CES held in Las Vegas, Nevada. It cannot be denied that such availability will change our world and offer all manner of new devices. The advantages would be proven with the military's need for tougher screen. Countered shapes around devices or buildings would be useful at times, or just about anything that can take a punishment would find a need with a flexible screen.
One of Samsung's larger displays at CES was a smaller tablet with a flexible, wraparound screen. By offering such a shape, it was able to increase the screen availability for larger content. Samsung also presented a video presentation showing a new designed mobile device that operated like a smaller smartphone but then could expand out, much like a book, to form a larger tablet that was twice as large as the smartphone's previous screen size.
The idea of flexible screens isn't new by any means and many other companies have been toying with the technology for a few years now. One of the biggest drawbacks in the past was the lack of technology available to mass-produce such a screen, and then making sure that the screen works 100% of the time. Previous attempts had the screens breaking down after just a few bends, which is something no consumer would ever want.
Now it seems that Samsung will definitely be delivering on such a technology in the very near future. Soon we are sure to see all manner of smartphones, billboards, and tablets with the flexible screen technology. We may possibly even see magazines or books with the technology since at least one publisher has tested a working E-ink cover on Esquire with the same idea in mind.