After reading the title of this article, many of you may be thinking, am I meant to know what ‘OLED’ means?! OLED stands for ‘organic light-emitting diode.’ Basically, OLED panels are made from organic, carbon-based materials that give off light when electricity is applied through them. OLED displays are lighter and thinner than LCD (‘liquid crystal displays’) because they don’t need a backlight to operate. OLEDs are also cheaper, more environmentally friendly and easier to mass manufacture.
Although the significance of these materials was discovered back in 1960, it wasn’t until the past twenty years or so that companies and laboratories started to develop this technology for commercial purposes.
Last month LG announced that they are developing an OLED-based rollup TV. This screen is paper thin: you can mount it to the wall with a magnetic panel or set it in a curved stand for a more immersive viewing experience. It features WRGB (white red green blue) OLED display for rich, crisp pigmentation and better colour contrast. Although the company hasn’t given any definite answers, there are rumors that the roll-up TV will be unveiled at the International Consumer Electronics Show (ICES) in January 2016. (For more information, read this article).
FlexEnable, manufacturer of flexible displays, is bringing us the future of the wearables. In this informational video, FlexEnable shows us a display that could be shaped to where it is needed: wrapped around the wrist, folded inside a pocket or rolled up inside a bag. Using flexible transistor technology, flexible OLEDs will usher in a new era of lighter, thinner, more durable wearables.
Dashboards And Taillights
OLED is not just revolutionising the tech industry; we’re seeing it in the new wave of luxury cars. Audi announced last month that they will present ‘all-electric, luxury-class sport SUV in early 2018,’ featuring OLED units in the lighting and on the interior displays, which will allow for easier, more intuitive touch-screen controls.
Just this week, Mashable reported that the BMW M4 GTS became the first car to have a water-injected engine (which essentially allow for a more powerful, efficient engine) and OLED tail lights. This means that light emits from the entire surface of the display rather than just from a single point, making safer, more distinctive signalling for both day and nighttime driving.
Light The Way With OLED
There’s no question that OLED technology is set to revolutionise the display industry. OLED’s flexibility sets it ahead of typical LCD screens, and is set to become the leading display technology in the next ten years. From BMWs to smartwatches, OLED displays are paving the way for a brighter, thinner, more colourful future.