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LG bends the limits of display technology

LG shows a potential application for its 77-inch flexible OLED as a smart desk. (Source: LG Display)
LG shows a potential application for its 77-inch flexible OLED as a smart desk. (Source: LG Display)
LG has announced a massive 77-inch OLED display that is both flexible and transparent. While this giant panel probably won't find its way into home theaters any time soon, its technical and professional applications are intriguing.

It seems like not that long ago the idea of a flexible display was something straight out of science fiction. Nowadays, this technology has not only been actualized, but it has even found its way into some consumer products such as the Samsung Galaxy Round, the G Flex, and G Flex 2 (also from LG). Granted, these devices are a far cry from the many concepts and renders we’ve all seen of the smart devices you can roll up like a newspaper; nevertheless, LG aims to further develop the technology with the announcement of what it claims to be “the world’s largest flexible and transparent display”.

According to a report from Liliputing via The Korea Herald, the 77-inch OLED panel has a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, a radius of curvature of about 3.1-inches, and a transparency of 40 percent. The display was apparently developed under the government-sponsored “Future Flagship Program” – beating out competitor Samsung Display to receive an investment of 126.2 billion won ($110 million). While LG aims to use the technology to expand the number of applications for OLED panels (pointing to potential uses in smart desks, dashboards, AR, and marketing), it should be noted that Samsung Display reportedly ceased the development of similar technology precisely because of its “lack of marketability”.

Although LG has not announced when its new display will be ready to hit the market, the company appears confident in the technology’s ability to propel OLED panels to new frontiers. Still, it seems like it could be a while before you see these types of panels replacing store windows.


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Sebastian Eifrid, 2017-06-23 (Update: 2017-06-23)