Sunday, May 27, 2007

Hello? Dick Tracy? Sony's Got Something For You I Think You'll Want To See!

In the race for ever thinner displays for TVs, cell phones and other gadgets, Sony (otherwise known as "Soon Only Not Yet") may have developed one to beat them all - a razor-thin display that bends like paper while showing full-colour video. Sony Corporation posted video of the new 2.5 inch display on its' web page. The possibilities for use of this technology are endless!

Sony will present the research and video at an academic symposium this week. In the video, a hand squeezes the 0.3 millimetre (0.01 inch)-thick display, which shows color video of a bicyclist stuntman, a picturesque lake and other images.

The display combines Sony's organic thin film transistor, or TFT, technology, which is required to make flexible displays, with another kind of technology called organic electroluminescent display, it said. The latter technology is not as widespread for gadgets as the two main display technologies now on the market - liquid crystal displays and plasma display panels. Although flat-panel TVs are getting slimmer, a display that's so thin it bends in a human hand marks a breakthrough. You can drop it, and it won't break because it's as thin as paper.

Think about this. This type of screen could get wrapped around a person's wrist...making the idea of a "Dick Tracy" type watch not that far tetched. And think of the other uses, maybe even worn as clothing or put up like wallpaper.

Sony said plans for a commercial product using the technology were still undecided. Sure, like their minds aren't dreaming of things to do with this. That's kind of like Steve Jobs not having a clue about what to do with that thing called an iPod!