What are Thin Film Displays?


Computer displays continue to develop in ways that are enabling whole new categories of devices. Flexible screens that can wrap around curved surfaces are in prototype, as are small, very thin interactive screens like the Plastic Logic Reader (http://www.plasticlogic.com/). Thin film screen technology allows displays to be literally printed onto plastic, along with the batteries that power them, enabling the sorts of live motion displays previously only hinted about in Harry Potter movies. Already in the marketplace is “video in print,” very thin flexible displays that can be easily inserted into popular magazines; CBS and Entertainment Weekly were first to demonstrate this new technology in the fall of 2009. When the technology is developed fully it will enable integrated interactive display devices that combine input and output in a single interface, finally realizing the full potential of electronic paper.

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  • Looking forward to this technology being fully developed as the form factor available to computing devices is inflexible in terms of size, ie. ease of carrying in a pocket necessarily means a small screen. This can make it possible to have true mobility with a decent size display, allowing for greater collaboration. - horncheah horncheah Feb 26, 2011
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