• New Flexible AMOLED Screen Is A Tenth Of A Millimeter Thick

    We’ve seen some thin, flexible displays out there (TDK, Sony, LG, HP, and others are working on them), but I do believe this one is the thinnest yet. The others have gotten as thin as 0.3mm, but this one from Taiwanese research company ITRI is a microscopic 0.1mm. Who knows, that last 0.2mm could be the difference that makes a breakthrough device possible. Hopefully not literally… Read More

  • Video: TDK's Amazing See-Through OLED Display Up And Close

    One of the highlights of this year’s CEATEC (a technology exhibition that took place in Japan earlier this month and which we covered extensively) was TDK’s booth. The company showed two prototypes of passive matrix mini OLED panels, one of which is transparent and the other flexible (like the one Sony showed earlier this year). Read More

  • CEATEC 2010: Eyes-On With TDK's Bendable And Transparent OLEDs (Video)

    A pleasant surprise at this year’s CEATEC: TDK’s two passive matrix mini OLED panels, one of which is transparent and the other bendable (like the one Sony showed earlier this year). What’s cool is that both prototypes are showcased as black-and-white and color models. You can see both displays in action in the videos I took at the exhibition below. Read More

  • Toshiba Decides To Give Up OLED Production

    Just when everyone thought OLED screens would constitute the third of innovation for flat panel TVs (following LED backlit TVs and 3D capability), Toshiba just made a surprise decision. According to Japanese business daily The Nikkei, Toshiba has entirely given up previous plans to mass-produce OLED screens. Read More

  • Philips Lights Up OLEDs Without A Power Adapter

    Previously, if you wanted to use an OLED display, you had to use a power adapter. The problem was that OLEDs required low voltage to light up, instead of the standard (in Europe) 230v system. Now, scientists at Philips have announced that they have been able to design an OLED system that doesn’t require a step down transformer in order to work. This means that a device that uses an… Read More

  • Exciting Video: LG's OLED TV Is The Thinnest In The World

    IFA still hasn’t even opened yet, but a few companies have been having informal “come look at our stuff!” booth tours. One of the bigger ones today was LG‘s, and this here is probably the flashiest of all their wares: a 31-inch OLED television that’s only 0.29mm thin. I can practically hear the LG managers yelling at their engineers, “Under 0.3mm or… Read More

  • These Concept OLED Lights Are Brilliant

    Get it, brilliant? Okay, I’ve had my fun. Down to business. The concepts in this gallery at Inhabitat are designs exploring potential of a certain size of OLED panel. The one above was designed by Emory Krall for Universal Display. The idea of razor-thin, low-heat, easily dimmable lighting like this is exciting to me. Why do I love lamps so much? Read More

  • Display makers: we're making progress towards getting you that big, cheap OLED

    Just a quick note in case you’ve been gnawing your keyboard in anxiety: yes, people are still working on making OLED displays better. And bigger. There have been scaling issues, but the big display companies have spent the last year or so fiddling around with the little tiny displays (and enormous ones) and as a result, have achieved some level of “know-how.” They are going… Read More

  • OLEDs are the future: Canon buries development of SEDs

    Remember SEDs? Those surface-conduction electron-emitter displays were around for quite a while, competing with FEDs (field emission displays) until Sony decided to pull the plug on the latter back in March last year. That gave one company, Canon, enough of a push to continue to believe in SED. Canon even filed new patents on SED technology in the US in May 2009. But that’s over now… Read More

  • Video: Sony's new, super-thin OLED display wraps around a pencil

    OLEDs, which are said to lead the next wave of innovation in the TV space (after back-lit LCDs and 3D displays), come with plenty of advantages: they produce gorgeous images, they are self-luminous, light, and they’re flexible – very flexible. Case in point: a super-thin, Sony-made 4.1-inch OLED that actually wraps around a pencil, shown today in Japan. Read More

  • DuPont working on cheaper ways to make OLED screens

    OLED televisions are notoriously expensive and difficult to make; but like all technologies there is always someone working on making the technology cheaper. DuPont recently announced the development of a new process that prints OLED screens in sheets, much like a inkjet prints on paper. Read More

  • No web filter: Sony to stop offering the XEL-1 OLED TV (in Japan)

    Say what you want about it (too expensive, too small etc.), but I’ve always liked the world’s first commercially available OLED TV, Sony’s XEL-1. It’s just an 11-inch screen and costs $2,200, but the picture quality is just gorgeous. Today, however, Sony announced they won’t produce and sell the device on the Japanese market anymore. Read More

  • Samsung S8500 becomes first Bluetooth 3.0 approved handset

    There is nothing more satisfying than claiming to be the first at anything, and so far this week, Samsung must be pretty happy with itself. After announcing its plans to mass produce AMOLED touchscreens, the first to include built-in touch functions, Samsung’s S8500 will be the first consumer handset to feature Bluetooth 3.0. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, or SIG, has approved… Read More

  • Samsung looks to mass produce 3.3" AMOLED touchscreen displays

    Standard, boring LED screens: your days are numbered! Samsung announced today that it will begin mass producing AMOLED displays with touch functions built right in. The displays will be 3.3″ WVGA touchscreens that will be, thanks to the AMOLED technology, much thinner than your average touchscreen display on current phones. The beauty of this technology is that it produces thinner… Read More

  • Stop making 149" OLED displays and start making 25" ones, you fools!

    Yes, Mitsubishi. We’re all very impressed with your 149″ OLED TV (even though it runs at a ridiculous 1024×640), but we also know that thing is one-of-a-kind and proves nothing. Why don’t you skip the showboating and put out a couple sweet displays people might actually want to use in their homes? I know they’d be expensive, but someone would buy them because… Read More

  • OLED board game pieces promise to take Carcassonne into the far future

    My buddy Lou tells this story: he was with his girlfriend at the time and he got a call from a couple they knew. They couple invited them over for “boardgames and wine” and Lou said “Sure.” Then his girlfriend told him that they were not going over for boardgames and wine because, in that couple’s special code, “boardgames and wine” as some sort of… Read More

  • Asus getting into the e-reader game in a big way

    Asus leaked some information recently about their upcoming e-reader, the DR-570. Not content to be a “me too” with the standard black and white e-ink product, it looks like they are going to be coming out with an OLED offering that might just kick the rest of the e-readers to the curb. Read More

  • Color-temperature adustable OLED lighting? Yes, please

    We’ve noted before that LED lights are, while energy efficient, a bit cool in color, leading to the “my house looks like an operating room” effect. There have been attempts to warm them up (with “quantum dots”) but this panel looks a hell of a lot more promising, even if it’s not particularly bright. J.H. Jou, a Taiwanese researcher, has found that with… Read More

  • LPD: Prysm's New Acronym Promises Huge Screens, 75% Less Power Consumption

    If you’ve looked at buying a television the past several years, chances are you’re well aware of the terms: Plasma, DLP, LCD, and more recently, OLED. Well, there’s a new acronym in town: LPD. Developed by the Silicon Valley-based Prysm, LPD is being formally unveiled today as the latest type of screen technology. LPD stands for Laser Phosphor Display, which likely means… Read More

  • OLED ID cards creepy, probably helpful

    I question the actually utility of this, except for in corporate ID badging. It is cool though, combining OLED, RFID, and 3D into an ID. Plus, how is that for an alphabet soup of acronyms? Thanks to NetbookNews for the tip. Read More