Samsung’s new OLED screen prototype can stretch and bend

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Samsung Display is attending Display Week (a conference on display technology, hosted by the The Society for Information Display), and it’s got some wild new screen prototypes to show off.

First up, a 9.1-inch OLED display that can roll, bend, and even stretch when pushed on before snapping back to its original position. And unlike most other flexible screens out there, which tend to only be able to be bent in one direction, Samsung’s prototype can bend in both. There’s no plans on when, or even if, a screen like this could show up on an actual product, but it’s certainly impressive.

Next up is a 1.96-inch LCD with a 3840 x 2160 4K resolution, which could one day show up in a VR or AR headset for even clearer images, without the issue of visible pixels that can occur with today’s headsets. For comparison, each screen on an Oculus rift has a 1080 × 1200, making Samsung’s display a marked improvement, assuming it ever makes it way to market (again, there are no commercial plans for the screen at this time.)

Lastly, Samsung showcased a 5.09-inch OLED screen that offers glasses-free 3D. Given that 3D displays have largely fizzled out in the past (even Nintendo is abandoning the concept with the New 2DS XL), it’s hard to be as excited about the idea, but maybe Samsung has figured out a way to make it work.


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