It looks like a sheet of plastic, but it is a flexible screen 18 inches created by LG

Will be successful or not, it is still early to know. The truth is that we can now prepare for a wave of devices with flexible display market. The latest addition to LG reinforces this argument: this week, the South Korean company presented a 18-inch screen that is flexible enough to be rolled.

The device is not a product in itself, but a prototype that aims to give an idea of ​​what we can find in terms of technology for visual content in the coming years. The screen consists of an OLED panel (recalling, organic light emitting diodes) which, instead of conventional plastic based on polyamide uses a type of polymer at the same time flexible and resilient so that it is widely used in the textile industry. Nylon, for example, is a type of polyamide.

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Thanks to this and the supplementary materials, it is possible to scroll the screen until it forms a tube with 3 cm in diameter without damage. Polyamide also helps to leave the thinner and lighter screen, of course.

From a functional standpoint, the screen may not like much to today’s standards: the prototype is able to work with resolution up to 1200 × 810 pixels and apparently does not have very vivid.

Anyway, LG highlights these and other quality parameters evolve rapidly, so much so that the company plans to launch a TV 60 inches or more with 4K resolution based on this technology since 2017.

For the same year, the company also promises televisions of similar size, but with transparent screen. A prototype of the type is also shown by the company, although with median sizes. The main emphasis here is that the screen presents more than 30% transmittance over previous prototype, which means that the device is able to allow the passage of a greater amount of light and thus reduce the effect of mist.

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LG to fulfill his promise, only to find out in 2017, but it is known that the same company is heavily focused on OLED: Last year, the company pledged to invest at least $ 665 million and, from 2014, expanding the production of this type of screen in its factories in South Korea

To those who question the aspect of transparency may not even have much use, except in very specific applications. The flexibility in turn, is more interesting, does not necessarily allow the screen to be wound, but allow the production of lighter and televisions, monitors resistant and virtually no edges.