Sony introduces a paper-thin TV screen
Here's a new technological entry that is making opticians rub their hands with glee. Last week Sony Corp. revealed its newest development -- a razor-thin display that bends like paper and shows full-color video. The 2.5-inch video screen is only 0.3 millimeters thick. To us American neophytes that's equivalent to a thickness of 0.01 inch.
The new display combines two different technologies, which seemed to have come directly from an episode of Star Trek: Sony's organic thin film transistor, which is required to make flexible displays, and organic electroluminescent display. Other companies, such as LG and Phillips, also have plans for paper-thin displays. However, according to representatives at Sony, the organic electroluminescent display delivers better color images and is more suited for video. As to what the display will be used for, a spokesperson for the corporation mentioned that they could be wrapped around a lamppost, or a person's wrist, or put up in someone's house like wallpaper.
Now, don't run out to your local electronics mega-store for this new item quite yet because, according to some industry experts, the paper-thin display isn't quite ready for the consumer market. One such expert, Tatsuo Mori, an engineering and computer science professor at Nagoya University, says that some hurdles remain to put this on store shelves. Factors he considers are increasing the size of the screen, making it more durable, and cutting costs. The biggest hurdle that Sony has to clear, according to Mori, is adapting the pliancy to the current displays on the market. We're talking about LCD and plasma displays here.
What do you think? Is this something you would consider buying when it came to market?