It has not been too long since when Samsung jumped in the tech market and changed how the world thinks of Smartphone and mobile technology. It Came as a surprise to me when I came to know about Samsung’s new technology Called ‘YOUM’ – a technology that makes is possible to bend OLED screen back And forth pretty easily.
The idea behind YOUM was simply to make display of a device flexible to make handling of screens easier than ever. However, this technology is still a prototype, some people are expecting to see the new flexible display in Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Smartphone models. The flexibility of the display does not only makes it easier for users to wrap up the device and flip it inside their pockets, but it also is resilient to crack and damage even when dropped from a considerable height.
“This new form factor will really begin to change how people interact with their devices, opening up new lifestyle possibilities … And allow our partners to create a whole new ecosystem of devices.”
-Brian Berkeley, senior vice president
According to Brain, since OLEDs are capable of producing their own light, you would not need a heavy or power consuming backlight for display.
Enthusiastic developers at Samsung did not only elaborated how useful their device is, but they also showed a video of what the world can expect the future of flexible displays to be. The video demonstrated a device that can be used as a phone, and later bent into a tablet which is believed to be made possible in the future.
“However, according to technology news website The Verge, the prototype showcased at CES 2013 lacked some of the key features of phones, such as radios, operating system, camera etc. Without these essential features, the display – in its current form – can only be used to display images, but performs no functions.”
While it is not clear how this technology works, some believe it is the newly discovered substance “Graphene” which can be very well used to make flexible displays possible.
Samsung, however, is not the only brand to show off an era of flexible display technology. Plastic Logic, along with Intel and Human Media Lab, is planning to develop several devices with flexible displays – an example can be PaperTab, a paper-thin tablet device consisting of flexible display.