What are Flexible Displays?

When organic light-emitting diode displays (OLED) began to enter mass markets in 2004, consumers found that the new screens were lighter, brighter, and more energy efficient. In contrast to traditional glass-based LCD units, these new displays could be manufactured on thin, pliable plastics, prompting the term "flexible displays.” The popularity of OLED screens is largely due to their electroluminescence, which makes for more readable displays. LG, Samsung, and Philips, and other major players in the electronics industry are already producing flexible display TVs, and Apple has since patented its own pliable display. In early 2016, LG debuted a prototype for an 18-inch display that could be rolled up like a newspaper. As flexible displays gain traction in the consumer market, researchers, inventors, and developers are experimenting with possible applications for teaching and learning. Opportunities offered by flexible OLED screens in education settings are being considered for e-texts, e-readers, and tablets. Additionally, flexible displays can wrap around curved surfaces, allowing for the possibility of scientific and other instruments with built-in instruction manuals.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • - lisagustinelli lisagustinelli Apr 26, 2016LISAhttp://www.cnet.com/news/what-you-should-know-about-flexible-displays-faq/ I'm surprised to be the first to comment here. I hope this makes the report because many of the technologies listed are almost "old news" in my sector as we have been using them seamlessly (3D printing) in the high school where I'm Director of Technology. Just yesterday we were discussing the new Clear Touch display we are thinking of purchasing for new classrooms. Right now we have Samsung displays with overlay in the classrooms. The complaint by teachers is that certain students, especially on the sides cannot see the display. This would allow for better visibility.
  • It's geeky-cool stuff, but still "way out there" for schools like mine. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Apr 26, 2016

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • It would be interesting to see if the capability of manipulating a display screen could be used in Science experiments in classes to test volumes of objects. I could also forsee an integration with 3D printed creations made to include a display screen.- lisagustinelli lisagustinelli Apr 26, 2016

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