Sony Develops Film-Thin Display
A Japanese electronic company has developed a razor-thin display that bends like paper while showing full-color video.
In the race for ever thinner displays for TVs, cell phones and other gadgets, Sony may have developed one to beat them all.
According to a video of the new display, it is being held up by a hand that"s squeezing the 0.3 millimeter, or 0.01 inch, display, while showing color video of a bicyclist stuntman, picturesque lake and other images.
The display combines an organic thin film transistor, or TFT, technology, which is required to make flexible displays, with another kind of technology called organic electroluminescent display.
The latter technology is not as widespread for gadgets as the two main display technologies now on the market--liquid crystal displays and plasma display panels.
Although flat-panel TVs are getting slimmer, a display that"s so thin it bends in a human hand marks a breakthrough.
The company will present the research and video at an academic symposium in Long Beach, California, for the Society for Information Display this week.
Sony said plans for a commercial product using the technology were still undecided.
Some analysts have said Sony had fallen behind rivals in flat-panel technology, including Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea and Sharp Corp. of Japan.