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2014-07-10T10:12:52Z
You saw Apple's sapphire crystal display for the iPhone 6 get bent backward in an awkward position without snapping, though that was to demonstrate its durability, not to show off any fancy tricks. LG, on the other hand, announced that it has developed an 18-inch flexible OLED panel that you can roll up like a newspaper (remember those?), along with an 18-inch transparent OLED panel.

Of interest here is the rollable display. It sports a 1200x810 resolution packed with nearly 1 million mega-pixels. With a curvature radius of 30R, LG says the panel can be rolled up to a radius of 3cm without interfering with the function of the display. LG also says this serves as proof that it can bring rollable TVs in excess of 50 inches to the market sometime down the line.

LG Flexible OLED

"LG Display pioneered the OLED TV market and is now leading the next-generation applied OLED technology. We are confident that by 2017, we will successfully develop an Ultra HD flexible and transparent OLED panel of more than 60 inches, which will have transmittance of more than 40 percent and a curvature radius of 100R, thereby leading the future display market," said In-Byung Kang, Senior Vice President and Head of the R&D Center at LG Display.

Flexible displays are a different breed than your typical panels. LG used a high molecular-based polyimide film for the panel's backplane rather than conventional plastic. This served two purposed -- it helped reduce the thickness and achieved a maximum curvature radius, both of which significantly improved the panel's flexibility.
Rosec14
2014-07-10T11:40:26Z

Maybe I'm not thinking the right way, but is there a really demand for a rollable TV?:D I could see this having some interesting uses, but not in the 50-60" range. Thoughts?

alexl88
2014-07-10T12:41:22Z

It could be rolled up in a tube to bring to a construction site to display large blueprints. Very useful when the site does not have electrical outlets or walls...

Or the display can be propped up on an easel at the client's site for presentation. Think not conference rooms but at someone's house or other locations.

Chondro
2014-07-10T13:28:44Z

come home and pull your 60" tv down like a projector screen

ErnestWilliams
2014-07-10T13:40:36Z

Bros, you are thinking far too linearly, imagine curved view ports on airplanes and cars. By removing the windshields and windows, we can make vehicles structurally safer and more resilient to collisions and other accidents. Circular work spaces and rounded desks take up less room than square ones, and a 60 inch work surface would allow for much more workspace for employees. its been proven in several studies that more monitors equates to higher work efficiency. Meaning more work per dollar of wage spent. That's something technology firms are completely aware of.

NathanMeters
2014-07-10T14:05:34Z

Maybe LG should focus a little more on improving the quality of their existing tvs before rolling out new tech .. just a thought ...