LG Display has displayed a thin, lightweight, stretchable, and twistable micro-LED screen, which the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE) of South Korea hopes will boost the country’s electronics industry.
The display division of Korea’s sprawling LG Corporation stated that the full color RGB, 100ppi resolution screen, which ranges in size from 12 to 14 inches, is made from the same silicon materials as contact lenses.
Micro-LEDs 40 micrometers or smaller arranged in a spring-like circuit system allow the screens to be twisted and stretched without permanent distortion.
The display resembles a thick plastic wrapping, such as that used as a stiff book cover or even a tablecloth.
LG Display has shown off a thin, lightweight, stretchable and twistable micro-LED screen – an innovation South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) hopes will boost the nation’s electronics industry.
The display subsidiary of Korea’s sprawling LG Corporation said the full color RGB, 100ppi resolution screen – which stretches from a baseline 12 inches to 14 inches – is made from the same silicon materials as contact lenses.
Micro-LEDs sized at 40 micrometers or smaller over a spring-like system of circuits allow the screens to be twisted and stretched without permanent distortion.
“Easily attachable to curved surfaces such as skin, clothing, furniture, automobiles and aircraft, this unique innovation expands the potential of the display in various industries including fashion, wearables, mobility and gaming,” suggested the South Korean display panel maker. If LG has a plan for how a screen on a shirt might be washed, or how the displays would attach to the skin, it didn’t reveal them
However, time is on the company’s side. This week’s reveal was billed as a work in progress, with a finished product expected in 2024.
The project has both advantages and disadvantages.
To begin, as a Micro-LED display, it will likely consume less power and have brighter colors than rival display technologies such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Furthermore, clumsy people may appreciate the use of a resilient screen because they will no longer have to deal with unsightly cracks in their electronic devices.
Furthermore, the technology allows for displays on almost any surface with less bulk than is required for other screens.
While this is exciting, it is also concerning that any surface at any time could be used to display advertising.