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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RE: I'm with the verge
by Yoko_T on Thu 10th Jan 2013 04:13 UTC in reply to "I'm with the verge"
Yoko_T
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2011-08-18

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?


All you have to do is look at power cords of AC wall adapters for things like laptops to see what the ultimate fate of flexible displays will be.

How many of them have broken exactly at the where the stress-relief part of cord joins the rest of the cord?

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RE[2]: I'm with the verge
by ssokolow on Thu 10th Jan 2013 04:33 in reply to "RE: I'm with the verge"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

All you have to do is look at power cords of AC wall adapters for things like laptops to see what the ultimate fate of flexible displays will be.

How many of them have broken exactly at the where the stress-relief part of cord joins the rest of the cord?


This wouldn't happen to be Apple cables you're referencing, would it?

...because I've only ever had one proper cable break that way while I'm constantly running into people who are using Apple cables that are half-broken at the crippled stub of a strain relief that the design department didn't veto.

(Apple allows their design guys veto over their engineers)

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RE[3]: I'm with the verge
by Soulbender on Thu 10th Jan 2013 07:40 in reply to "RE[2]: I'm with the verge"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

...because I've only ever had one proper cable break that way while I'm constantly running into people who are using Apple cables that are half-broken at the crippled stub


I have seen a lot of laptop adapters from many different brands broken that way. Of course, that's usually after years of daily use but still...

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