You can bend it all you want, this glass will not break!
Big shots in the mobile device industry have allocated funds to the research and development of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) glass, more commonly known as flexible glass.
Let’s take a look at what companies have in store for the future of OLED displays.
Apple: It all started with a job post. Apple executives advertised a new position on its website for a senior optical engineer. Gossip and reports about the company looking into flexible glass displays spread like wild fire and patents emerged for wraparound smartphone screens. If executed successfully, the result will be a significantly curved glass to offer a 3D-like experience and expanded screen landscape on both sides of the iPhone.
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Samsung: “Bendable, rollable, and foldable displays” are in Samsung’s near future! One of the first to demonstrate its OLED glass display prototype at CES2011, Samsung has made multiple attempts to mass replicate the prototype and encountered a few issues during production. Encapsulation technology is how OLED displays protect the inner elements from heat and moisture and Samsung has tried to improve the process of mass production of this technology.
LG: One of the leaders in OLED displays, LG, is striving to be the first to introduce a smartphone with a flexible OLED display in the fourth quarter of this year. LG vice president, Yoon Bu-Hyun expressed positive projections to meeting this goal. In the event a flexible smartphone is not introduced, LG is expected to unveil a mobile device with a wraparound display at the least.
Not only to be implemented on mobile phones, OLED flexible glass is in the works for wrap-around ‘slap’ watches and TVs. In fact according to CNET, LG is taking per-orders for OLED TV. Although currently limited to the Korean market, this technology will soon make its way to the United States.
It’s a race to the finish line for these companies!
Electronics recycling companies like HOBI International, leader in mobile asset disposition, have little to worry about with these unique flexible displayed. OLED lighting contains no mercury, eliminating the disposal and pollution problems associated with fluorescent lighting,” according to OLED Works. However, until the first OLED flexible glass display is presented to consumers, a modified mobile asset disposition process is difficult to predict.
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