A flexible display refers to a thin, roll-able display that’s quite versatile and can thus be used in a wide variety of applications such as smart phones, digital signage, television, e-paper and other consumer products. So, Flexible displays, when will they become mainstream?
Generally, flexible displays are on electronic paper (e-paper), organic light emitting diode (OLED), Light emitting diode (LED) or Liquid crystal display (LCD). The aforementioned are expected to be the future mainstream displays in the years to come for a wide range of consumer products.
As a matter of fact, some very significant developments have taken place in the recent past in the field of printed displays and flexible electronics. Consumers as well as loads of industry players have been keen on adopting a display technology that won’t be held back by the limitations closely linked with glass displays such as size, weight and overall ruggedness. Flexible displays snugly fit this bill.
LCOS and LCD
Currently, flexible display consumer products are becoming quite popular, having created quite a buzz since their introduction. With a market expected to reach $ 3.4 Billion by 2017, these displays are without doubt bound to rock the mainstream market sooner than many people thought. The technology has broadly been divided into the emissive and non –emissive types. The emissive types mainly include the OLED and e-paper whereas the non-emissive types include the LCOS and LCD.
The e-paper display types are mainly targeting applications such as ESL/POP, smart cards and the wearable display which is currently taking the market by storm. On the other hand, OLED displays do target widely used applications such as laptops, smart phones, tablets and TV since it is a more advanced type of display. LCD displays are currently being used on TV, laptops as well as on e-readers.
Going by current market trends, the emissive displays have proven to be more compatible and are therefore more popular in the market space. In the recent past, both LG and Samsung have unveiled devices with flexible displays such as G Flex and Galaxy Round. These devices have what can be referred to as flexible displays in that the displays can bend and hold shape.
So, the key question is what is the future of flexible displays, when will they become mainstream? The truth is that there is still a lot of research being undertaken with researchers keen on developing a more flexible organic polymer that allows for flexing or bending in displays as opposed to the current technology which does allow the screens to be curved. It is just a matter of time before this technology joins the mainstream.