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Foldable/Flexible OLED
All about Foldable/Flexible OLED Displays

Foldable OLEDs have substrates made of very flexible metallic foils or plastics. Foldable OLEDs are very lightweight and durable. Their use in devices such as cell phones and PDAs can reduce breakage, a major cause for return or repair. Potentially, foldable OLED displays can be sewn into fabrics for "smart" clothing, such as outdoor survival clothing with an integrated computer chip, cell phone, GPS receiver and OLED display sewn into it.

Ultra-lightweight, thin form: FOLEDs are thinner and lighter weight than other displays. This means that cell phones, portable computers, wall-mounted televisions and other products that use them can also be lighter and smaller.Durability: FOLEDs can also be more durable - less breakable and more impact resistant - than other displays. With glass breakage a major cause of display-containing product returns, this is a highly desirable commercial alternative.Flexibility: FOLEDs may be manufactured on a variety of substrates.

Plastic logic Video from Flexible Display FOLED:

FOLEDs built on optically-clear plastic films and thin, bendable metallic foils are currently under development at Universal Display Corporation. Such displays may be made to bend, flex and conform to many surfaces. For example, FOLEDs may someday be found affixed to curved helmet face shields, shirtsleeve cuffs and automotive instrument panels. The potential flexibility of FOLEDs may also enable the realization of Universal Display Corporation’s proprietary Universal Communication Device. In the meantime, earlier-generation FOLEDs may provide limited conformability for applications that include a cell phone that conforms to the shape of your hand or a portable DVD player that has a curved surface to enhance the audience’s viewing experience.

Cost-effective processing: FOLED technology opens up prospects for high-throughput, roll-to-roll processing (R2R) of OLEDs in the future, providing the basis for their truly low-cost mass production.

Design concept from NOKIA 888: