The Age of OLED Displays

Valerie C. Coffey

Display technology using OLEDs has made the leap to commercial adoption in the past few years, setting the stage for a mind-bending shift in the way we think about displays.

figureThe world’s first commercially available flexible and transparent display panel from LG Display, launched in June, is a 77-inch prototype that could be used for signage or TV displays on windows. [LG Display]

Imagine a car window in a self-driving car that is your phone interface, your map and your GPS—all voice-activated and transparent. Imagine eyeglasses that can lead you along a trail, identify a bird, and monitor your heart rate, hydration and blood oxygenation. Imagine a work surface or a wall that forms one big touch display, even around uneven edges and corners, and that can be retracted into a roll on one end with a gesture. These are the dreams of display makers today, shaping a future we would barely recognize.

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