Until now, people have been forced to design their lives around their technology, finding spaces in their purses and daypacks for hard, flat devices. But the world is a place of curves, as anyone who has slid a smartphone into a back pocket knows, which is why several new products from Royole promise to be game changers. Built with Flexible+ technologies, these products anticipate a world in which touch sensors and flexible displays are the standards at work, the gym, and in classrooms, enabling smart homes and even smarter transportation, as ubiquitous as the increasingly smart clothes on our backs.
Founded by a group of Stanford engineering graduates in 2012, Royole is all about improving the way people interact with technology in their personal environments. To that end, Royole is manufacturing next-generation, human-machine-interface technologies and products that incorporate advanced flexible displays and sensors into their designs. Earlier this year, Royole’s already extensive capabilities in these areas were big hits at CES® 2018, where the company demonstrated new use cases for its flexible technologies, as well as everyday products that had been enhanced for the coming flexible world.
The Flexible+ Platform
With their next-gen flexible displays and flexible sensors, Royole’s Flexible+ technologies are poised to change the way people will interact with the world around them, particularly when it comes to how they view entertainment and create information. Because these technologies are here today and can be easily integrated into a variety of products and applications, the company has identified several markets it believes will benefit from its Flexible+ technologies.
Leading the way into these markets is its pioneering flexible-display technology. Royole’s flexible displays offer many advantages over conventional displays. Flexible displays can be incredibly thin—at just 0.01 mm thick, or 1/5th the thickness of a human hair, flexible displays have the capability of being the world’s thinnest. In addition, flexible displays are lightweight, bendable (with a minimum bending radius of 1 mm), and portable. Importantly, flexibility does not come at the expense of strength—Royole displays are shatterproof and unbreakable—or quality—flexible displays deliver high-contrast, high-performance color, boast ultra-fast response times, and consume very little energy
One important key to Royole’s flexible displays is AMOLED technology, which can be produced as flat, fixed-curved, and fully flexible products. Naturally, Royole is committed fully flexible displays, which, unlike fixed-curved displays, can be bent, folded, and curled. These capabilities have profound implications for the next generation of consumer electronics, enabling innovative new form factors and applications ranging from unique smartphones, wearable electronic devices, and the Internet-of-Things (IoT).
To make these visions a reality, the company recently announced that its massive $1.7B USD, 1.1-million-square-foot Quasi-G6 Mass Production Campus in Shenzhen, China, is up and running, mass producing fully flexible displays. At full capacity, production in this behemoth facility will exceed 50 million flexible-display units per year. In addition, Royole has built partnerships across multiple industries, assuring that it will continue to introduce new products for both B2B and B2C channels.
The second main component in Royole’s mission to produce technology products that truly conform to how we live is its flexible-sensor technology, which is also being mass-produced. Delivering high precision, linearity, and sensitivity, Royole’s flexible-sensor technology is already well known for its ability to provide customers with diverse products and solutions. As a manufacturer, Royole prides itself on its fast turnaround times, short production cycles, large-volume production capabilities, and low costs. Royole sensors are fully compatible with flexible and traditional applications, performing at a bending radius of just 3 mm and remaining operational even after 100,000 bends.
Royole Technology Currently in the Market
Moon Mobile Theater
Designed and engineered for movies, gaming, and more, the Moon 3D Mobile Theater offers the highest quality mobile cinematic and gaming experiences available. It combines two full HD, 1080p AMOLED displays that deliver better than 3000 ppi resolution. The displays simulate a giant curved screen with stereoscopic 3D, and the experience is enhanced by a pair of hi-fidelity active noise-cancelling headphones. This audio-visual combination delivers cinematic movie watching and immersive gaming experiences anywhere the wearer desires.
As a consumer product, Moon features a patented foldable design (the world’s first in a headset), ultra-soft headphone covers, and a premium breathable eye cover to ensure the ultimate in comfort, even after long periods of continuous use. In addition, its advanced-optics design allows most eyeglass wearers to use Moon without having to also wear their lenses.
Best of all, Moon’s technology is self-contained within the device. The proprietary Moon OS utilizes Royole’s patented flexible-electronics technologies, and embedded in the right ear pad, Royole’s flexible sensors provide users full control of menu navigation, eliminating the need for an external controller.
RoWrite Smart Writing Pad
RoWrite brings the traditional notepad into the digital age. Based on Royole’s unique and patented flexible-electronics technologies, it is designed to accurately capture, store, and share all manner of real-time, conventionally written material on standard paper (yes, actual paper!) for digital applications. Users can edit, enhance, and even erase their creations, in real time or after they are saved. Capturing 2,048 levels of the pen’s pressure on the paper, RoWrite produces a highly accurate representation of whatever is being written, with no glitchy breaks in a particular line or annoying rendering delays.
The result of all this technology is an improved, more intuitive, tactile experience of pen on paper, rather than the less-than-ideal experience of making marks directly on a tablet. Whether taking notes in a business or education setting, doing real-time designs for clients, or crafting creative artwork, RoWrite allows users to easily capture and share their handwritten documents. Optical Character Recognition translates handwritten notes into editable text, and by pairing RoWrite with the RoWrite App, users can edit or enhance digital copies in real-time, select different writing instruments, change stroke thickness, or add color. They can even digitally erase and capture a video of their creative process to share with coworkers, family, or friends.
This is what the future of consumer technology looks like—it’s flexible, conforming to us, not the other way around. Royole and the Flexible+ Platform are getting it right.
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