dimanche 8 avril 2012

Flexible Displays Bend What's Possible for Computers

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Flexible Displays Bend What's Possible for Computers
USA Today
(04/05/12) Jon Swartz

Although the latest flexible display technologies are likely to take the form of personal devices, they also could find their way into larger surface displays, such as furniture and wallpaper. In addition, other emerging technologies, such as wearable computers, embedded devices, and mini-projectors also could be used as applications for flexible displays, says Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps. For example, Hewlett-Packard is developing wristband prototypes that could have applications for the U.S. Army and the National Football League (NFL). The Army could use the small display as a combination global positioning system, shortwave radio, and field manual for vehicle repairs. The NFL could use the wristband to replace helmet microphones. Microsoft's home of the future has many digital displays, including the kitchen counter, which shows graphics beamed down by an overhead projector. NanoLumens is developing large, energy-efficient light-emitting diode displays, including a flexible display that is 112 inches diagonal, one inch thick, and weighs 80 pounds. Meanwhile, LG recently announced the mass production of its electronic paper display product with a planned launch in Europe next month.

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