Sony's curved OLED
CEATEC visitors treated to prototype display demo
Sony has gotten all bent out of shape over OLED screens and given gadget fans a sneak preview of its curved organic LED display.
Sony's curved OLED on display in Japan
Images courtesy of Engadget
The 0.3mm-thick screen’s on show at the CEATEC show in Japan. Unfortunately, nothing’s known about the screen’s technical specifications yet, other than those that can be gained from the pictures.
The screen's just 0.3mm thick
However, it does provide a fantastic insight into the future of OLED and its potential to displace the all-mighty LCD in years to come.
The ability to bend an OLED could see such screens used in all manner of environments where physical screens haven’t been able to step before - wrapped around pillars like paper posters, for example. Bending the display is also likely to increase the screen’s viewing angle.
It’s worth noting that Sony isn’t the first manufacturer to display a curved OLED. In October 2007, Samsung took the wraps off a curved OLED screen that measured around 4in and had a 480 x 272 resolution.
Gareth, I think you may have misunderstood Sony's intention for the curved OLED. It is to demonstrate a technological achievement rather than an example of future monitors to come. This ability to bend the OLED panel will lend to future placements of OLED on various surfaces.
GS wrote, "Hasn't it only been a decade or since Sony, etc. phased out curved screens (on CRTs, back in the day). Seems we have come full circle."
Do I detect a hint of sarcasm or have you missed the point of curved OLED? CRT's were convex until Sony overcame this undesirable problem with FST. Curved OLED's are concave and have been developed like that by design to give a more immersive experience to the viewer. (Think miniature IMax).
All very clever, but does anyone else wish they'd just put their efforts into making these reasonably sized and reasonably priced? Sooner we can dump LCD for good, the better.
Hasn't it only been a decade or since Sony, etc. phased out curved screens (on CRTs, back in the day). Seems we have come full circle.