Samsung to launch "stretchable" display at SID 2017

Over at the SID 2017 that will be held in Los Angeles, California, the stretchable display will be demoed by Samsung.

The technology is still in development but the stretchable display is unlike any other display in that it can be curved, bent or rolled on either side. It just unveiled a 9.1-inch prototype OLED display that's stretchable in seemingly every way imaginable: you can bend, roll and even dent it (up to half an inch deep) knowing that it'll revert to its original form. It is considered the future technology that fits the most for wearable, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) devices as well as automotive displays.

An image of Samsung Display Co.'s stretchable display released by the company on May 22, 2017.

Apple, not looking to be left behind, has already filed multiple patents for companies that have been working on their own flexible/stretchable displays.

Samsung could lift the lid on a new, stretchable display design tomorrow - paving the way for smartphones screen that can be pulled and squeezed into different sizes. Other advanced display technologies by LG Display include its 65-inch UHD Crystal Sound OLED that brings sound directly from the panel and its 55-inch full HD (FHD) transparent display.

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Given the complexity of the manufacturing process, it's also safe to assume that the Samsung stretchable display will be an expensive one.

While previous panels could only bend one way, this screen can bend in both directions. The product is a next generation display technology that can be flexibly stretched.

IHS estimated the sales for flexible displays will rise to $15.7 billion ($12 billion) in 2020. The revenue from flexible display production is expected to expand at an annual rate of 44% to $23bn in 2024.

Those screens would dwarf current displays, as the standard iPhone 7 measures at 4.7 inches while the 7 Plus comes in at 5.5 inches. Sources say the practical applications of this technology is in 3D pop-up books, 3D games and virtual reality.

Additionally, the Korean tech giant will be unveiling its glass three-dimensional OLED and ultra-high-definition liquid crystal display (LCD) at the conference.

  • Toni Ryan