Folding screen has been an elusive dream for some time but now it seems to be coming to our homes soon.

The folding screen will be presented at the Society for Information Display Conference in San Jose, Calif. The conference is occurring this week. LG will offer this 18 inches organic light emitting diode OLED in the conference.

The company proudly announced that the panel can be rolled into 3 cm radius. The folding will never affect the display’s functionalities, claimed the electronics giant.

The presentation of the OLED panel is going to accompany the speech by the LG’s display head, In-Byeong Kang. The speech is titled the opportunities and challenges facing the display industry. The device will be presented at the Consumer Electronics Show Conference. This Show happens each year and elaborates the brilliance and innovation in the electronics and IT industries.

The Flexible Screen Debuts at CES Conference

The presentation aims at flaunting the greatest display technology ever. The unveiling of the device is the part of the broader effort by the company in the field of display technologies. LG presented OLED folding TV this year in CES conference, held in January. Consumer Electronic Show or CES is held annually to give the best technologies and devices by electronic and IT industry players. Later in May, LG introduced several devices that utilize the new folding OLED Screens.  

In May 2015, LG’s spun off presented first folding TV. The 55 inch OLED TV can be attached to a wall with a magnet. It weighs only 1.9 kgs. It is about a millimeter thick.

What is all the hype about OLED?

OLED is being hailed as the next biggest breakthrough in the display industry. The secret behind this new technology is a compound that was patented by Universal Display Corporation. This mixture makes possible the extra thin screen. It also makes the screen flexible, e.g.; it could be bent and rolled up. The compound also releases light.

This light makes up for the backlight. This amazing technology makes possible thin screens. These lucrative screens are believed to be used in wearable and other mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

Meanwhile, the electronic giants like Samsung, Sony, LG and others are making strides in the OLED technology, but the cost are still high which result in the expensive display. The LG’s 64 inch TV costs $ 9,000. The production costs are high, and that results in the higher price tag for the consumer.

The manufacturers have to find technology that may bring down the expensive production costs. This cut in the production cost will then be transferred to the consumers. For now, the display companies have to concentrate on the attraction factor. The roll up screens is considered as the next big thing. The LED displays are relatively cheaper to produce.   

Rolling Screen and the History

It is not clear how the screen will be used when it will come in the market. However, LG is pushing forward to roll down the gadget in the market. In this connection, the recent presentation will be pivotal.

If the partners and buyers are convinced of its use besides its charm factor, then the new OLED screens will be soon in the users’ hands.  For the time being, the charm factor is enough to create commotion in the buyers and industry circles.

The folding screen is a new trend in the electronic industry. In 2013, Samsung presented the OLED display for the cell phones. The plastic film was used to manufacture the screen. This new invented film was branded as You. These displays unveiled in the same event in 2013. The screens could be used stand alone or with other gadgets.

LG is spun off the electronic giant LG. It is the producer of the largest display in the world. The company produces TFT-LCD Panels, OLED, and flexible displays. The company’s HQ is located in South Korea. Its branches are present in China, Mexico, and Poland. The company was formed as a joint venture between LG and Phillips. Philips sold its share in 2008. The company produces panels for devices like iPhone, iPad, iMacs and which were previously manufactured by Hitachi.

Although, the company was fined two or three times in past decades for some issues with LED panels, it has been a dominant player in the LED, LCD and OLED displays market.

Prior to the flexible OLED displays, the company presented its FPR technology that is used in 3d TV. It used different glasses that divide the image into left and right image. The image is perceived by eyes as separate images. These left, and right images then come together to the brain thus making the image appear as three dimensional. The experts appreciated These glasses. It enhanced the colors and reduced the flickers.

The next step for the flexible screen was when LG introduced the OLED TV. In 2010, LG introduced 156 inch 15EL9500. It announced 3d TV for the next year. In 2011, LG presented the 55 inch OLED Panel at the CES Conference. A famous computer and tech review website called it the best picture ever. It offered a better picture than LCD and Plasma TV. It also lacked the disadvantages of the LCD and Plasma TV.   

What is expected for the future?

In 2015, LG and Universal Display Corporation signed an agreement for OLED material supply. It also got the permission to use its patented light-emitting diodes. These steps paved the way for the new flexible, rollable screens.

The new technology by the LG Display is based on the field of Flexible Electronics. It is also known by its alternative name of the flex circuit. The central idea of the technology is to mount the circuitry on the flexible material like polymers. The circuits are etched on the film with the help of printed circuit boards.

The new LG Display flexible screens have passed through several stages to reach here. It would be interesting to see how these devices fare in the market.