This last year has all been about 3D technology in display screens, but OLEDs are still a viable alternative to LEDs, if a manufacturer can finally mass-market them cheaply. Sony's latest screen tech is also very flexible, opening a whole new avenue of products.
OLEDs are supposed the be the next big thing in HDTV technology. This comes after LCDs and 3D displays. OLED screens have plenty of benefits. They produce beautiful images, are self-luminous, very light, and the most important thing is that they are flexible. Yep, you can wrap these screens around, kind of what you're use to seeing in some future technology concepts.
Sony made a 4.1-inch OLED that can be wrapped around a pencil. It's only 80μm thick and has 432 × 240 resolution. The contrast ratio is supposed to be around 1,000:1. Sony claims that this OLED screen can be wrapped around a pencil with only a 4mm radius. The other thing that's unique is that this OLED will be able to display images and video while it's being rolled up! This is supposed to be a world first.
For not, this is just another prototype, but it's one cool gizmo. Imagine the technology that could result of this. There could be paper-thin phones, screens, and TVs. This tech will be showcased that the SID event in Seattle.