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LG Demonstrates 18" Flexible OLED Screen



The future is flexible, as LG has demonstrated with an OLED screen that can be rolled up and unfurled while displaying a video image.

One of the Holy Grails for TV geeks like me is a flexible electronic screen you can roll up into a tube and take anywhere, eliminating the bulk and weight of even the most svelte but rigid flat-panel TVs of today. LG Display (the manufacturer of video screens for LG Electronics and other companies to use in consumer products) recently demonstrated that the quest for such a screen is a big step closer to fruition with an 18" flexible OLED.

Check out this short video showing the LG flexible OLED in action.

The screen has a resolution of 1200x810—not quite high def, but the pixel count will increase along with the size of the screen. More impressive is the ability to roll up the screen to a radius of 3 cm (1.2 inches) without affecting its operation. This is made possible by using a polyimide film as the backplane instead of conventional plastic. The new film also helps reduce the thickness of the panel, which contributes to its flexibility.

According to a press release from LG Display, the company is confident it will be able to deliver a flexible UHD OLED TV measuring more than 60 inches by 2017. Of course, such a TV will most likely be uber-expensive, as new technologies tend to be—but perhaps rigid OLED TVs will have dropped in price by then.

If you could afford it, would you buy a rollable OLED TV?

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The most anticipated of all display technology advancements, right there.
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If it is able to deliver the same (or better) PQ as current rigid OLED TV's, is durable, and is available in sizes of at least 65" for approx. $10,000 or less then I would seriously consider buying one.
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That might be the only TV that pulls me away from my Samsung plasma 64F8500

I am waiting to watch the 2014 Flat Panel Shootout coming August 16th & 17thr to see how the OLED's compare to the 4K's all of which will be compared to last year's winner, the Samsung 64F8500

If they hold up then LG's 77" 4K OLED would be my first choice



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I wish they would focus on creating a big 4K OLED at a reasonable price. I have never had a desire to roll up my TV.
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That's pretty neat. The future is almost here.

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I wish they would focus on creating a big 4K OLED at a reasonable price. I have never had a desire to roll up my TV.
Those developments will most certainly go hand-in-hand.
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Well u do se Faults with the oled screen in that vid dead ones?

Loads of black spots
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I am not sure why I would want to roll up a TV. My first choice would be to see an OLED thats comes in multiply screen sizes and is affordable. 1080P is fine if that makes that dream come true quicker. Hopefully in the next few years while I pray my Panasonic VT25 doesnot die.
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Shipping containers for full wall size 32K resolution projection screens are ready to roll. Just add product. We can expect some download throttling issues.

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Neat!

But I'd just be happy to get a flat, rigid OLED in a large size for a low price!
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I am not sure why I would want to roll up a TV. .........
Think ease of shipping, moving, etc...
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Neat!

But I'd just be happy to get a flat, rigid OLED in a large size for a low price!
LG is in the "Pioneer phase" right now, revealing exciting concepts that may or may not ever arrive en masse.
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Well u do se Faults with the oled screen in that vid dead ones?

Loads of black spots
What caught my eye were the huge white spots. Hard to miss. Not quite ready for prime time.
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If this is what it takes to get a FLAT OLED out of LG, I am all for it.
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Oh, yeah, I'd buy one!

The geek possibilities are endless.

Let's see - doing some very silly math - if 18" rolls up into 1.2 ", then a typical 70" set (~35 inches high) would roll up into about 2.5 inches in diameter horizontally and about 5" vertically (for those of us who want our TV to slide sideways into view.

A 40 inch portable TV (with Wifi / HDMI connections) could be carried in a 3 inch / ~20 inch diameter tube with a collapsible frame to snap into being when unbundled.

A 120" display would roll up into 8" / 70" vertically, about 6 " / 100" horizontally. You could actually bring one of these into a room without taking down a wall.

It is also see through, so if you don't mind an inverted image, you could conceivably watch it from both sides (or put up a black background for one way).

It could roll down from a tube, or just negotiate corners but remain basically flat if you store it so on your (false) ceiling.

All with OLED quality? I'm there.
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Oh, yeah, I'd buy one!

The geek possibilities are endless.

Let's see - doing some very silly math - if 18" rolls up into 1.2 ", then a typical 70" set (~35 inches high) would roll up into about 2.5 inches in diameter horizontally and about 5" vertically (for those of us who want our TV to slide sideways into view.

A 40 inch portable TV (with Wifi / HDMI connections) could be carried in a 3 inch / ~20 inch diameter tube with a collapsible frame to snap into being when unbundled.

A 120" display would roll up into 8" / 70" vertically, about 6 " / 100" horizontally. You could actually bring one of these into a room without taking down a wall.

It is also see through, so if you don't mind an inverted image, you could conceivably watch it from both sides (or put up a black background for one way).

It could roll down from a tube, or just negotiate corners but remain basically flat if you store it so on your (false) ceiling.

All with OLED quality? I'm there.
You guys are all missing the most obvious application - 360-degree video :-)


It's time to start planning for round home theaters (which will unfortunately have only a single-viewer sweetspot).
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I finally bought my first plasma and now I discover tv's that bend in half? I'll never be current in this hobby.

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I am not sure why I would want to roll up a TV.
so you can have a TV taller than your door.
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I am not sure why I would want to roll up a TV.

Isn't it obvious? How else would you get a TV in a bottle (to go with your ship in a bottle) :-)
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I would love to have the thing disapear when I'm not watching it. Not having a huge blank black screen on the wall would be great.

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I would love to have the thing disapear when I'm not watching it. Not having a huge blank black screen on the wall would be great.

Like a pull-down projector screen - great idea (though the reliability concerns make me wince :-)
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Add this with the old Slap Bands and im sold
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*smh*

Firstly, I don't see this being available by 2017 on a large scale, even at an outrageous price. OLED is barely a thing yet, but they're going to have 60" screens that roll up by 2017? Forgive me for being skeptical. That said, why can't we address problems that have plagued current tech for the past ten years? Instead of perfecting stuff, they wanna throw more gimmicks and useless stuff at us. Yes, the thought of rolling up a TV seems neat, but how many people care about being able to use such a feature on a normal basis? I don't know about everyone else, but I don't move into new houses an apartments every other year. I also don't buy a new TV every year and worry about being able to get it home. I also do not move my TV from where it is every day... and I already have a cell phone with a rather large, widescreen display that fits comfortably in my pocket. Granted, I can't roll it up and put it in my pocket, but come on... really?

That said, look how fragile this thing looks and just the concept sounds fragile as hell. People worry about damaging current TVs when moving them or transporting them. Screens that are this thin and roll up will be a service tech's nightmare.

I'm all for technological advancement, but this just seems so unnecessary and pointless, for most people. It reminds me of Samsung's curved screen gimmick because they can't think of anything else to boost sales. Just my opinion, though. I'm not knocking anyone who wants one.
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I wish they would focus on creating a big 4K OLED at a reasonable price. I have never had a desire to roll up my TV.
Agreed. I wouldn't mind a 17" roll up monitor to go with my cellular phone but, as you say, "I have never had a desire to roll up my TV"

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That said, why can't we address problems that have plagued current tech for the past ten years? Instead of perfecting stuff, they wanna throw more gimmicks and useless stuff at us.
Because LCD is spent as far as improvements go.
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Sometimes, when I'm in my three inch tube, I really wish I had a big giant TV in there with me. This is going to be great.
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"No."


Guess that answers that question...
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You guys are all missing the most obvious application - 360-degree video :-)


It's time to start planning for round home theaters (which will unfortunately have only a single-viewer sweetspot).
All this furor over a slightly curved screen and you want 360 ?
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