Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Jan 2013 22:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is so cool, and defeninitely the future of mobile phone displays. Samsung demonstrated a prototype phone with a flexible display. Flexible displays will be more resilient than the stuff we use today, and if we ever get around to developing flexible PCBs and batteries, we'll be golden. I long for sturdy, shatterproof devices.
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I'm with the verge
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 9th Jan 2013 23:15 UTC
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I can't think of a good use. I like my flat screens flat. I don't want a phone in the shape of an orange, or a pringles chip, or a klein bottle.

Shatter-proofing a phone doesn't require a flexible screen, it requires a screen that doesn't shatter. We have plenty of shatter proof clear surfaces to choose from, but none of them are as scratch resistant as the shatter prone materials we currently use.

Flexible materials also don't strike me as particularly sturdy, either. It seems they'd be subject to repeated varied stress that non flexible displays aren't.

Of course there are degrees of flexibility, so maybe Thom and everyone else in the world is just thinking of a device that would bend slightly under extreme stress, instead of a screen that can be rolled up like an old school map?

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