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Sony Unveils Flexible OLED Thinner Than a Hair 274

Elliot Chang writes "For Sony's newest display, the company decided to throw into the mix ultra-thinness (just 80m or a bit thinner than a human hair) and the energy-saving power of OLEDs. The new prototype is so bendy that it can be wrapped around a pencil while still streaming video!"
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Sony Unveils Flexible OLED Thinner Than a Hair

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  • But when? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by michael_cain ( 66650 ) on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @01:53PM (#32350876) Journal
    But when will I be able to buy a reasonable-size and reasonable-price display that uses OLEDs? Lab toys are cute, but real products are sexy.
  • Get over yourself. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by RyuuzakiTetsuya ( 195424 ) <taiki.cox@net> on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @02:03PM (#32351000)

    You realize that nearly anything you buy may have components by Sony somewhere inside right? Video encoders, audio decoders, LCDs of all kinds, various DSPs, DACs, etc.

    Get over yourself. Sony pulled a stunt FIVE YEARS AGO. Sony's also a huge company that produces a lot of different components used by a variety of manufacturers.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @02:05PM (#32351024)
    For a prototype, though, this is pretty smurfing impressive.

    Yeah, too many people here don't seem to acknowledge that this is an early prototype. They're acting like Sony's going to start marketing these things as is in a few weeks or something.
  • Re:Just curious (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @02:15PM (#32351122)
    Why do the images of both of those prototypes have lines going all across them? I'd imagine you'd want to demo something like that without that being a side effect - unless it's intentional...? I'm sure someone here knows. :)

    The fact that they have video playing on a flexible screen thinner than a human hair isn't good enough for you? The video needs to be absolutely flawless, too? And then will you bitch about how the color saturation isn't rich enough? Or that the refresh rate isn't high enough? Seriously, there's just no pleasing some people...That they're able to do this at all is pretty fucking amazing. Or if you're going to bitch about how it's not perfect, why don't you show us how you've done something better?
  • Re:What happens (Score:3, Insightful)

    by sznupi ( 719324 ) on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @02:21PM (#32351176) Homepage

    It doesn't have to be meant for screens foldable to end user. Just for fab making gadgets.

  • Re:Too bad. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by sconeu ( 64226 ) on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @02:23PM (#32351200) Homepage Journal

    I'm sure that this is cool. But...

    Sarcasm aside, I refuse to buy any Sony products either. Not because I'm afraid there's a rootkit there, but because Sony Corp. has stated via said rootkit, that they think I'm a criminal, and they don't give a shit if they damage my property.

    Given that corporate attitude, the only way I can "punish" them is by refusing to give them my money.

  • by VGR ( 467274 ) on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @02:28PM (#32351244)

    Get over yourself. Sony pulled a stunt FIVE YEARS AGO.

    And aside from the price of minor public outrage, they have paid virtually no price for doing it. (Forgive me if I don't view having to pay each affected customer $7.50 or a voucher for a free song download as a significant punishment.)

    You're correct that completely avoiding Sony products is next to impossible, but that's hardly a reason to give up on trying to impose a punishment. Where choice exists, one can choose not to go with Sony.

  • by Solandri ( 704621 ) on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @02:44PM (#32351442)

    Every book and magazine you wanted to read ever on a 1 or 2 page Ebook reader way thinner than anything we have now.

    You're thinking in the wrong dimension. This is working towards an ebook reader which you can roll up so you can carry it around in your shirt pocket. Back in ancient times, they rolled up parchment so it would take less storage space. Those scrolls got replaced by books with pages because you needed to keep scrolling parchment to continue reading, and it was easier to flip a bunch of pages than to scroll to the section you wanted.

    Ebook readers eliminate the need to physically turn pages, and so once again rolling becomes the most space-efficient storage method.

  • Re:That's awesome (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Garble Snarky ( 715674 ) on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @02:49PM (#32351526)
    Or to make devices with retracting/rollup screens, that's what I'm really looking forward to.
  • by doctor_no ( 214917 ) on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @03:12PM (#32351808)

    GIve me a break, people that spew this BS haven't actually used Linux on the PS3.

    It was NOT a "major" feature, I was on the YDL forums (the most active PS3 Linux community online) and it was a ghost town.

    Quite frankly, PS3 on the Linux was useless, it had 256MB or RAM, less then 200MBs were usable, you could hack it to access GPU memory but it was overall pretty much useless. PPU builds of applications were hard to find, you were stuck without Flash (crappy Gnash work around), and old version of Firefox (no HTML5), and any cheap netbook would run circles around it.

    The worst part is after 3 years of Linux on the PS3 nobody made any substantial Cell applications. There was barely any community support. Nobody cared.

    All these whiners complaining about he loss of Linux of the PS3; where the hell were you when it was available?

  • Re:Too bad. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by mcgrew ( 92797 ) * on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @03:42PM (#32352180) Homepage Journal

    Indeed; they taught me that they were not a reputable company when they put malware on music CDs, and again when they took away functionality from devices their poor customers had purchasd after those customers had bought and paid for those devices. Sony coouldn't be more evil if Satan himself was CEO.

    In fact, they're so untrustworthy in my eyes I won't even believe in this breakthrough until the Amazing Randi says it's not an illusion.

    Why anyone would give Sony their hard-earned money, especially for computer gear, is beyond my comprehension.

  • by B4D BE4T ( 879239 ) on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @05:11PM (#32353348)

    Quite frankly, PS3 on the Linux was useless

    (Assuming you meant Linux on the PS3)

    Many, including the US Air Force [] would beg to differ.

  • by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @05:12PM (#32353360) Homepage

    Cellphone = iPhone and no sony chips.

    Car = GM and nope, Delphi does not source sony chips. In fact sony does not have any chips for engine management or automotive systems.

    Crestron gear - i doubt it. Coffee maker has no chips. Stove, Fridge... not a chance.

    Sony really is not a massive chip maker anymore. It's rare to have a sony chip anymore unless it's a specific sony technology or device... Blu Ray players... They have a sony parts...

    I will not buy a blu ray player. It's a dumb thing to own IMO. I use an AppleTV and a roku box for my HD movies.

  • Re:That's awesome (Score:2, Insightful)

    by dwarfsoft ( 461760 ) on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @07:49PM (#32355286) Homepage
    But that would require using both hands to hold both sides of the screen... Where is he going to get another hand from?
  • by suomynonAyletamitlU ( 1618513 ) on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @11:52PM (#32357700)

    Well look, if I only have a teaspoon on hand then that's what I measure with.

    Honestly, your elitism is quite off-putting. You should be ashamed.

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