A look into the future - foldable flat screens
While 15 and 17 inch TFT screens are enjoying increasing popularity today, science is already developing the next generations. These will then be self-luminous and foldable. The first five centimeter screens have already been delivered.
This new technology is called OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes). Organic molecules or polymers are used as diodes, which light up as soon as they are energized. Only single-color OLED displays are currently available, which are used in cell phones, MP3 players and watches. But video-capable, multicolored copies will soon be developed, which can then be found in cars, digital cameras, notebook displays, etc.
The advantages of these OLED displays compared to LCD technology is that the self-luminous objects are much more energy-saving and faster in creating images. A much larger viewing angle can also be achieved with it.
But of course this new technology also has its pitfalls: The very short service life of the displays. Because after around 10,000 operating hours, i.e. just over a year, the OLEDs lose their luminosity and are therefore currently not yet suitable for use in durable goods. But they are also working feverishly on this.
PDAs with colored OLED screens will be produced in one to two years. The first 15 and 17 inch flat screens will only be ready for the market in about 5 years. The first OLED televisions are only expected in 10 years.