One of the holy grails in display technology is the thin and flexible color display. Not only will it enable ever lighter and less-fragile devices like next-generation tablets, eventually we could be taking these “tablets”, rolling them up and stuffing them in our pockets like a Batman comic.
The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan has pushed impressively closer to this vision with a .1mm-thick flexible AMOLED display measuring 6 inches. Called FlexUPD, they say the display can withstand up to 15,000 repetitions of being rolled to a radius of 5cm or less, then flat again.
If this technology breaks out of the lab and makes it to market we should be seeing phones and tablets that make today’s trimmest models look impossibly bulky by comparison.