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(Pocket-lint) – LG Display has announced a new kind of stretchable display technology based on the same material used to make contact lenses.
The new technology would theoretically allow companies to install displays on almost any surface, with LG Display saying it could be used in fashion, mobility and gaming.
LG Display, the arm of LG that specializes in manufacturing screens, thinks it can bring this new expandable technology to market by 2024. In its current version, it consists of a 100 ppi screen that starts at 12 inches and is stretches to about 14 inches, although sizes can be expected to increase as development progresses.
Because it’s based on the same material as soft contact lenses, the screen can be rolled and twisted, making it perfect for use in scenarios where other foldable display technologies might be problematic. Inside, it’s made up of micro-LEDs of 40 micrometers or less, something that will likely evolve over time to allow for better pixel density.
We’ll have to wait and see where this technology ends up. It could very well be used to place advertisements where they wouldn’t otherwise fit, but more interesting uses are placing them on the sides of cars, for example. We could also see the same technology used in foldable phones and tablets if deemed superior to the materials used today. But for that, it will probably need the pixel density to increase.
Written by Oliver Haslam.