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274 comments

80m? Quite a hair. (5, Funny)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350694)

> just 80m or a bit thinner than a human hair

80 meters is a pretty substantial hair.

Re:80m? Quite a hair. (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350836)

They clearly had some French researchers working on it.

Re:80m? Quite a hair. (1)

zazenation (1060442) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350860)

But it would be about right for a person that was 2 mega meters tall...

Re:80m? Quite a hair. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32350884)

Even my aging CRT is a "hair" under 0.5m.

Unless... the diagonal viewing size is significantly greater than 280 ft? Because if you scaled my CRT up, and the diagonal viewing area was 1:1 proportional with the depth of the thing, then it would be about 80m deep. So I'm thinking like maybe 500 ft diagonal viewing size, and flexible? Well... sounds a bit unwieldy to be flexing, come to think of it...

Re:80m? Quite a hair. (5, Funny)

Angst Badger (8636) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350910)

80 meters is a pretty substantial hair.

You can't expect much grasp of metric units from Americans. It was bad enough when they used the Imperial system, but nowadays they have only two units of scale: a human hair and the state of Texas. Anything in between is just passed over in embarrassed silence.

Re:80m? Quite a hair. (5, Funny)

Stickybombs (1805046) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350940)

Not true, we have football fields and libraries of congress as well! He meant to say it is just under 1 football field.

Re:80m? Quite a hair. (1)

viking099 (70446) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351254)

Or the equivalent of 50 Volkswagen Beetles.

Re:80m? Quite a hair. (4, Funny)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351274)

Dont forget our standard unit for fluid flow: hogsheads per acre fortnight.

Re:80m? Quite a hair. (5, Funny)

Glarimore (1795666) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350914)

They obviously mean microns, but either don't know the abbreviation or accidently left out a .

Re:80m? Quite a hair. (5, Interesting)

marcansoft (727665) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350944)

As you can now see, it's Slashdot's fault. Apparently someone is too lazy to update the Unicode whitelist with characters that are actually useful on a tech site.

Re:80m? Quite a hair. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32351042)

More common is to use 'um' for micron when a mu is not available.

Re:80m? Quite a hair. (3, Interesting)

Glarimore (1795666) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350960)

Apparently slashdot won't take the micro symbol in comments. I don't know what is more fail: a board for nerds not allowing the micro symbol in comments or the fact that I didn't properly proofread by one sentence post.

Re:80m? Quite a hair. (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350998)

the fact that I didn't properly proofread by one sentence post

Not a big deal really, considering the "editing" of TFS...

Re:80m? Quite a hair. (4, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351036)

or the fact that I didn't properly proofread by one sentence post

Even more fail would be not proofreading a post commenting on not proofreading.

Bidirectional text (5:erocS) (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351106)

I don't know what is more fail: a board for nerds not allowing the micro symbol in comments or the fact that I didn't properly proofread by one sentence post.

Even more fail than those is people who can intercourse with a page's layout by abusing directionality override characters [slashdot.org] . That's why Slashdot uses a whitelist in the first place.

Re:80m? Quite a hair. (1)

by (1706743) (1706744) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350976)

Well, at least it wasn't 80 hellameters! [google.com]

Or, if you prefer, the conversion in more sensible units... [google.com]

Only 80m! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32350704)

They're working towards halving that to 40 metres by next year.

Didn't know 80m(eters) was thinner than hair (0, Redundant)

Fallen Kell (165468) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350726)

I mean, that must be some THICK hair! Does it grow thicker as it grows longer?

Subby has.... (0, Redundant)

Braintrust (449843) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350730)

extremely thick and luxuriant hair, it seems.

Pantene Pro-V? It has to be.

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micrometers (2)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350754)

If you can't mu, u.

Video on akihabaranews (5, Informative)

exhilaration (587191) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350756)

You can watch the video on akihabaranews [akihabaranews.com]

Re:Video on akihabaranews (1)

Fallen Kell (165468) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350818)

If they can fix the stuck pixels, it would be a sweet screen!

Re:Video on akihabaranews (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32350938)

finally! I can wrap a dancing Natilie Portman around my p33n0r!!!

Pencil in your pocket? (1)

LoverOfJoy (820058) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351530)

Is that a pencil in your pocket or are you just ha...whooaaah change the channel!

That's awesome (1)

SlashDev (627697) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350760)

I can finally watch a distorted version on my favorite show! Woohooo!

Re:That's awesome (4, Funny)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351040)

Well, there are some advantages to distortion. Think the girl in your adult video is a bit too chunky? Just bend the edges of the screen toward you!

Re:That's awesome (2, Interesting)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351090)

I imagine such screens would be useful during the process of manufacture of various gadgets (and after production remaining in one shape, with hard translucent shell around it; otherwise it would be damaged too easily). In that case distortion shouldn't be a problem.

Re:That's awesome (3, Insightful)

Garble Snarky (715674) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351526)

Or to make devices with retracting/rollup screens, that's what I'm really looking forward to.

Flexible gadgets are undeniably sexy, eh? (5, Funny)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350762)

Flexible gadgets are undeniably sexy

I kept telling her that, but she wouldn't fall for it.

Re:Flexible gadgets are undeniably sexy, eh? (1)

imikem (767509) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351524)

Just tell her to bend over.

video pencils (5, Funny)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350778)

The new prototype is so bendy that it can be wrapped around a pencil while still streaming video!"

and to think, in my day we were happy with a plastic woman whose undies floated off when you tipped it up.

Why does it look so horrible? (3, Interesting)

ArbitraryDescriptor (1257752) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350782)

Granted, it's the best video quality I have seen wrapped around a pencil, but those artifacts are pretty unacceptable. Are they supposed to be there?

Re:Why does it look so horrible? (4, Informative)

ArbitraryDescriptor (1257752) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350828)

Gizmodo [gizmodo.com] has a video. The 'dead' strips seem to change as it get's bent. It's cool.. but that doesn't seem like a problem easily solved.

Re:Why does it look so horrible? (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350924)

For a prototype, though, this is pretty smurfing impressive.

Re:Why does it look so horrible? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32351024)

For a prototype, though, this is pretty smurfing impressive.

Yeah, too many people here don't seem to acknowledge that this is an early prototype. They're acting like Sony's going to start marketing these things as is in a few weeks or something.

Re:Why does it look so horrible? (0)

blair1q (305137) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351222)

No, actually, it's pretty fucking lame.

Take the glass off your LCD and bend it and you'll get massive distortion, too.

The idea of a breakthrough is to solve a problem, not to demonstrate it.

Re:Why does it look so horrible? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32351322)

No, actually, it's pretty fucking lame.
Take the glass off your LCD and bend it and you'll get massive distortion, too.
The idea of a breakthrough is to solve a problem, not to demonstrate it.


You don't understand the difference between LCD and LED screens, do you? But you sure do know enough to know that this is "lame" and not at all impressive.

Re:Why does it look so horrible? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32351406)

The problem is in the layers. Bending can cause the layers to miss-align, creating dead areas. make a normal LCD without glass and bend a bit, have MASSIVE damage to the layers, I daresay total damage to the entire film.

The thinner the layers, the easier it is to bend. And this is a prototype. At first the majority of these screens would be used later in items that did not need such bending. Its the degree of flexibility versus durability that has been a major improvement.

Just back in 2007, they were bending by hand a plastic sheet around 90 degrees with the same level of damage, distortion. Going from that to wrapping it around a pencil is definitely quite interesting to me at least.

Re:Why does it look so horrible? (1)

Garble Snarky (715674) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351570)

I don't know how the technology works, but the article implies that this can not be done with an LCD panel, even if you take the glass off.

Re:Why does it look so horrible? (1)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351028)

The 'dead' strips seem to change as it get's bent.

I don't see it. Looks to me like the stripes of dead pixels are pretty consistent and don't appear or disappear as it rolls up.

Re:Why does it look so horrible? (1)

Trinn (523103) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351032)

I'm pretty sure these artifacts are actually a result not of the display itself but whatever connector elements are used to actually drive the oled pixels, as they can appear and disappear, and are forming one pixel wide lines, suggesting problems with the horizontal and vertical electrodes that are undoubtedly laid across the display in a grid (one layer H, one layer V, display between), and specifically, problems with whatever method they are using to essentially glue/solder/otherwise make connection at the junctions between the electrodes and the display elements, as well as with resistances changing in the electrodes themselves along their lengths. the fact that a line can start and stop somewhere within the display suggests to me the electrodes are driven from both edges and what's going on is the center is being electrically isolated from the rest by a pair of locations of high resistance.

Re:Why does it look so horrible? (1)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351246)

I can't access the video at the moment, but if the broken "pixels" go away again when the screen is unbent they've still got something great. How many people desperately want animated pencils? The useful bit is that the screen doesn't break when you wrap it up like that. They can attach such screens to spring loaded rollers, like old style movie screens. You unroll it when you want to watch something, and roll it back up for easy storage when you're done.

Re:Why does it look so horrible? (1)

Fallen Kell (165468) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351288)

Are they supposed to be there?

No, they are lines of dead and/or stuck pixels. If you notice, they are all either red, green, blue, or black lines. What this means is that the control lines, or power feeds for those lines of pixels are bad/malformed.

Artifacts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32350796)

Looks like the rolling around a pencil part doesn't quite work. The video shows vertical and horizontal lines appearing randomly all over the screen when that is done.

Re:Artifacts (2, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351298)

Wrapping a display around a pencil while it's in use is not especially useful. The point of the demo is that you can have a display that is wrapped around a cylinder and rolled out when you use it. The big advantage that a laptop has over a palmtop now is screen size. A folding keyboard that is big enough to be comfortable can easily fit in a pocket, but you're limited to something like a 4" screen. With an OLED like this, you could have a much larger screen which is simply rolled up when not in use. Eventually, you could have a pocket computer the same form factor as a pen, which you just unrolled wherever you wanted to use it. Connect a wireless keyboard if you want to do a lot of text entry, otherwise use the touchscreen. The system on chip and battery remain in the pen body.

Unfortunately (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32350814)

shear strength will not be included until version 2.0.

Lame Slashdot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32350826)

They even don't know how to display non-ASCII characters... What am I doing here actually? Bye.

Too bad. (3, Interesting)

Merls the Sneaky (1031058) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350854)

Too bad sony is making it. Guess I will have to wait for a chinese knockoff. No way is sony getting any of my money.

Re:Too bad. (1)

blai (1380673) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350950)

unless this OLED uses some proprietary connector or something ('hey! good idea!' - mkt dept.), I don't think Sony products deserve so much avoidance.

Re:Too bad. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351184)

You think you should buy from a company that produced CD's with a rootkit on them?
You think you should support a company that makes a habit of removing features from their game console?

Re:Too bad. (0, Troll)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350964)

Don't look now, someone has your credit card. ...

Haha, you checked your wallet, didn't you?

Get over yourself. (1, Insightful)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351000)

You realize that nearly anything you buy may have components by Sony somewhere inside right? Video encoders, audio decoders, LCDs of all kinds, various DSPs, DACs, etc.

Get over yourself. Sony pulled a stunt FIVE YEARS AGO. Sony's also a huge company that produces a lot of different components used by a variety of manufacturers.

Re:Get over yourself. (5, Informative)

marcansoft (727665) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351134)

Sony pulled a stunt FIVE YEARS AGO.

Try last month. They unconditionally (and probably illegally) pulled out a major feature of the PS3 for all PS3 owners.

Re:Get over yourself. (2, Insightful)

VGR (467274) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351244)

Get over yourself. Sony pulled a stunt FIVE YEARS AGO.

And aside from the price of minor public outrage, they have paid virtually no price for doing it. (Forgive me if I don't view having to pay each affected customer $7.50 or a voucher for a free song download as a significant punishment.)

You're correct that completely avoiding Sony products is next to impossible, but that's hardly a reason to give up on trying to impose a punishment. Where choice exists, one can choose not to go with Sony.

Re:Get over yourself. (4, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351350)

Nope. all my panasonic gear has NO sony components in it.

no Sony chips inside. It's one reason why I went Panasonic... they dont use ANY sony parts and are a glass maker on their own as well.

Re:Get over yourself. (1)

jimbolauski (882977) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351424)

No No No. What I said was, is like Sony guts.

Re:Too bad. (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351062)

Too bad sony is making it. Guess I will have to wait for a chinese knockoff. No way is sony getting any of my money.

I guess you're right. Sony probably has a rootkit that's a tenth the thickness of a human hair, embedded in this thing.

Re:Too bad. (2, Insightful)

sconeu (64226) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351200)

I'm sure that this is cool. But...

Sarcasm aside, I refuse to buy any Sony products either. Not because I'm afraid there's a rootkit there, but because Sony Corp. has stated via said rootkit, that they think I'm a criminal, and they don't give a shit if they damage my property.

Given that corporate attitude, the only way I can "punish" them is by refusing to give them my money.

Re:Too bad. (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351084)

Too BAD? Do you see anyone else making stuff like what Sony does? They are clearly always a step or 10 ahead of everyone else. They maybe assholes about many things, but first of all, the company is big and different people are responsible for different things, their research is great. Secondly, they are likely to sell licenses on production to other companies as well, so you will see these screens on other pieces of electronic equipment that is not directly coming out of Sony.

As to Chinese knockoffs, that will come eventually, but the manufacturing of these devices may be about as difficult as creating the technology in the first place.

Old is new again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32350862)

Who would have figured on scrolls coming back in style?

Re:Old is new again (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351334)

Lots of people. There have been scroll-like concept designs for well over a decade, but the technology to make them hasn't yet appeared. Flexible displays were one of the early promises of OLEDs; the first demo I ever saw of one had it flexing, although not nearly as much as this one. Electronic Ink displays were also supposed to be possible to use in the scroll form factor. One company had a prototype that did, but I don't remember if they shipped any.

But when? (4, Insightful)

michael_cain (66650) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350876)

But when will I be able to buy a reasonable-size and reasonable-price display that uses OLEDs? Lab toys are cute, but real products are sexy.

Re:But when? (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351130)

about 20 years from now the prices will be in the range that you'll like, before then, if you have to ask about the price - you can't afford it.

Re:But when? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351482)

You can already get phones with AMOLED displays, so I can't imagine more than 5 or 10 years, but if you want bargain basement prices you may need to wait longer.

Re:But when? (2, Funny)

barkingcorndog (629651) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351500)

I want an Oompa-Loompa NOW!

This is it (1)

freeshoes (826204) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350886)

Think of it, you take out your iPhone sized phone and pull out a ipad size screen lock it in place. Make it run android and you have the ultimate internet device.

Nice. Not great but nice. (2, Interesting)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350906)

How much?
How big can you get it?
How long will it last?
When will it ship?

You know the kind of important info...

the Fun House re-born (1)

rhendershot (46429) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350908)

this gives a whole new aspect to the House-of-Mirrors. Gawd! I want to be a kid again....

Aspect Ratio fix (3, Funny)

aapold (753705) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350918)

I like the idea of being able to switch my aspect ratio by stretching the screen.....

Re:Aspect Ratio fix (1)

maratumba (1409075) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351086)

Or to create multiple displays by tearing it apart...

Summary of comments so far (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350968)

50% Hurr hurr they said 80 meters in the summary!
50% The pixels are broken.

I guess it'll take a while for the intelligent posters to come up with any decent feedback on this technology...

Re:Summary of comments so far (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32351010)

I guess it'll take a while for the intelligent posters to come up with any decent feedback on this technology...

Apparently.

Re:Summary of comments so far (2, Funny)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351096)

"it's not how well the bear dances,
but that the bear dances at all"


... and also that he doesn't maul your face off and take your vodka, commrade...

Re:Summary of comments so far (3, Interesting)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351418)

All i can say from the specs is you'll need a pretty dark room to see anything. The sun has a luminance of about 1 billion cd/m2, fluorescent lamps about 10,000 cd/m2, the iphone-screen has a peak luminance of 428 cd/m2, and this is only 100 cd/m2. (cd=candelabra).Any stronger light-source shining on the picture (or your eyes)=less picture.
That would mean almost all light sources with this tech so far, even reflected light/backlightcan be >100 cd/m2.

What happens (1)

blai (1380673) | more than 4 years ago | (#32350984)

If you fold a crease? Will that cost $300 to replace?

Re:What happens (1)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351080)

Will that cost $300 to replace?

No, there's also labor.

Re:What happens (2, Insightful)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351176)

It doesn't have to be meant for screens foldable to end user. Just for fab making gadgets.

Just curious (1, Interesting)

Xacid (560407) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351026)

Why do the images of both of those prototypes have lines going all across them? I'd imagine you'd want to demo something like that without that being a side effect - unless it's intentional...? I'm sure someone here knows. :)

Re:Just curious (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32351122)

Why do the images of both of those prototypes have lines going all across them? I'd imagine you'd want to demo something like that without that being a side effect - unless it's intentional...? I'm sure someone here knows. :)

The fact that they have video playing on a flexible screen thinner than a human hair isn't good enough for you? The video needs to be absolutely flawless, too? And then will you bitch about how the color saturation isn't rich enough? Or that the refresh rate isn't high enough? Seriously, there's just no pleasing some people...That they're able to do this at all is pretty fucking amazing. Or if you're going to bitch about how it's not perfect, why don't you show us how you've done something better?

Re:Just curious (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351240)

I'd say they're in the research phase. The technology is being shown both to impress us and to show it's possible. The problems are either do to wear and tear, technology at such an early stage isn't particularly durable, or there are a few issues that still need to be addressed.

Environmentally friendly? (1)

atamido (1020905) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351082)

By making it so thin does that mean they are using less exotic/toxic materials? Or does it simply mean that they've found a way to reduce the size of the packaging around the OLED pixels?

Re:Environmentally friendly? (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351448)

It means they've found more potent/exotic chemicals than before, so now they can make it smaller and maintain toxicity.

Flexibility? Pfft. I want quality & longevit (0)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351088)

So, it can wrap around a pencil. That's... nice... I guess, but have they come anywhere near to solving the issue of longevity? Plus, all those dead pixels are pretty intolerable unless you're making a disposable gimmick products -- and the world certainly doesn't need more of that.

Re:Flexibility? Pfft. I want quality & longevi (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351148)

Or perhaps they just want to have somewhat oval screen on some of their devices; or even most of the surface of the device being a screen. Highly flexible display should come handy during manufacturing...and then simply remain in place, under protective layer.

Re:Flexibility? Pfft. I want quality & longevi (1)

Rolaulten (1392077) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351284)

Now a real trick is if they can get the prices down to the level that it can be 'tossed' out - for example getting a moving logo on the can of beans you just picked up at the store...

Re:Flexibility? Pfft. I want quality & longevi (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351260)

OLED longevity has increased quite a bit since the first cell-phone displays in the early '00s.

45 Comments and no applications (5, Interesting)

Tekfactory (937086) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351104)

Seriously,

Sunglasses with HUD, Contact Lenses with onscreen displays, Fingernail Applicques a la Cyberpunk. Subdermal vital signs readout, Passports, Driver's Licenses and Credit Cards with really cool security features.

Every book and magazine you wanted to read ever on a 1 or 2 page Ebook reader way thinner than anything we have now. Yeah, batteries and storage will take up some room. At some point the interface, and charging equipment will be the bottleneck to making smaller system.

Re:45 Comments and no applications (2, Interesting)

robot256 (1635039) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351266)

At some point the interface, and charging equipment will be the bottleneck to making smaller system.

Not even. Just wait til resonant inductive charging and micro high-speed RF become common, then your paper-thin ereader will have wi-fi and a constant power source.

Re:45 Comments and no applications (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32351308)

I can't see sunglasses or contacts... the focal point is too close to your eye. The display would have to include focusing somehow.

How about the coolest kite you've ever seen?
Windsurfing sails. High-profile-race sails.
Roll-up displays like in avatar.

Labels on products. Imagine a stack of beans at the grocery that could link together and make one big display. Yikes.

Video game or movie boxes that show a preview of the contents.

Re:45 Comments and no applications (2, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351388)

you still have focal point problems. Been there done that. did research on information HUD's with the big guys..

It's hard to get past the change in focus. you cant have a perfectly clear hud superimposed over your vision at all times.

Re:45 Comments and no applications (3, Insightful)

Solandri (704621) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351442)

Every book and magazine you wanted to read ever on a 1 or 2 page Ebook reader way thinner than anything we have now.

You're thinking in the wrong dimension. This is working towards an ebook reader which you can roll up so you can carry it around in your shirt pocket. Back in ancient times, they rolled up parchment so it would take less storage space. Those scrolls got replaced by books with pages because you needed to keep scrolling parchment to continue reading, and it was easier to flip a bunch of pages than to scroll to the section you wanted.

Ebook readers eliminate the need to physically turn pages, and so once again rolling becomes the most space-efficient storage method.

Re:45 Comments and no applications (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351476)

Sunglasses with HUD, Contact Lenses with onscreen displays,

Your eye can't focus on those, unless you're tragically myopic, and then you're gneeing over a flexible screen on coke-bottle glasses...

Subdermal vital signs readout

Interesting, but a bit clunky when you add in power and I/O.

Passports,

You want a passport that has a variable display? So would a lot of crooks.

Driver's Licenses and Credit Cards with really cool security features.

Which will still be summarily ignored by crooks ordering online using your stolen digits.

Ebook reader way thinner than anything we have now

The e-paper versions are already made of a flexible-display material. This will make multimedia devices way thinner, though. But really, I don't want more thinness. My Nexus One is already so narrow I feel like I have to coddle it. The flexibility will make it more durable in hyperthin applications, though.

But, actually, you missed the point of wrapping it around a pencil: Pencils that have moving displays on them. Jewelry, shirts, headwear, tablecloths, curtains, tents, blimps, flags, kites, uniforms, shoes, shoelaces, cereal boxes, taxicab seats; anything that's made of fabric can become a fabric-based output device.

And even better: a digital display device that weighs grams that you can roll up and stuff into a tube for easy portability. With OLED brightness and detail.

And since OLEDs are "printable", these things may be scalable to make gigantic, truly seamless displays. Imagine your multiplex with 40-foot OLED screens instead of projectors and silver-painted cloth. (Albeit, I'd put a plexiglass shield in front of it; because repairs are going to take more than a patch of muslin and some wallpaper paste...)

Now to make it touch sensative? (1)

Killer99 (469103) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351114)

Now if they can only make it touch sensitive.... I can see MANY applications for this (ok more then there currently are)

I can't wait... (0, Troll)

N0Man74 (1620447) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351142)

It's still very cool. I can hardly wait until this have been out on the market long enough for Sony to give a firmware update to remove some of its features!

Re:I can't wait... (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351540)

I'm still somewhat amused by people who bought a gaming console and expected to treat it as a personal computer... ...if Sony ever advertised rooting the box, then they'll have to put that feature back in or face charges of false advertising. If it's hackers who advertised rooting the box, Sony doesn't owe anyone anything.

Predator suit and fake doors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32351170)

So, I will finally be able to build my miniture camera and streaming video camouflage suit?
and an invisible car.
and a "hiding" box.
Does it stand up to weather?
Could I make my house "dissappear"? My neighbors wake up and be like WTF?! where did that house go!
oh....I hope this is some low cost stuff. The possibilities are endless.

Have a full-size "open doorway" with people "inside" moving around in hi-def......hours of fun.

Wall Paper (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351296)

Nope. Not a good idea. The pattern would keep changing. You could never line it up. Which as any married person knows is the worst type of sin.

*rimshot* (1)

djdanlib (732853) | more than 4 years ago | (#32351522)

This is... OLED NEWS

blogspam at its finest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32351554)

a splog (inhabitat) that references another splog (gizmodo) that references another splog (akibarah news) that references a Sony Press Release

im really glad adblockplus removes the revenue from these shitty worthless sites who add NOTHING to the discussion other than shill adverts for some other sad desperate business.

i thought one of the ideas of the web was to cut out the middleman, yet Web2.X is littered with the leeches

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