- Samsung showed off its latest stretchable display prototype at a conference in Seoul.
- The screen can move according to the content it displays, providing a 3D representation of the scene.
In recent years, display technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, from the development of better OLED technology to the promotion of faster refresh rates. However, an important battlefield is appearance. We have seen foldable and scrollable screens. Now, Samsung has introduced a new stretchable display.
According to Korean media reports East news, Samsung Display demonstrated its latest stretchable display prototype with a span of 13 inches. As its title implies, the screen can be stretched and deformed to provide a more immersive display. In the bubbling lava plume example given by Samsung, the screen physically rises and falls, effectively producing a 3D representation of the displayed 2D content.
This is not Samsung’s first attempt at a stretchable display.The company showed its prototype for the first time Back to 2017The product has a span of 9.1 inches and can be bent in two directions. It is worth noting that this latest attempt seems to have higher resolution and more natural movement.
What is the point of a stretchable display?
So, where can we find stretchable screens in the future? In 2017, Samsung believed that this technology could benefit the wearables, IoT devices, automotive and artificial intelligence industries. In theory, this technology may be a boon to accessibility, providing a more tactile experience for blind phone users. However, this will require a more sensitive and flexible display system. It can be said that a stretchable display can also bring a more immersive movie experience. Software-based 3D is a fashion that comes and goes, but stretchable OLEDs can provide actual 3D representations for supported media.
Before we were too far ahead, Samsung’s stretchable displays were still in progress, even though the pace of development was accelerating. Many questions remain unanswered regarding the durability, mobility and scalability of the technology. Samsung Display plans for a more advanced foldable and rollable display. Therefore, these form factors are expected to take precedence over stretchable displays, at least for now.