A flexible display or flex display is a non-rectangular electronic display that is more flexible in design, rather than the old-fashioned flat panel displays currently being used in many electronic devices. These flexible displays are flexible in that they can be rolled up like a magazine or newspaper and then sloped to fit against a wall or other flexible substrate.
When viewed from a certain angle they can also be viewed straight. These displays are also called liquid crystal displays, because of the liquid crystals on the surface of the display. The crystals have tiny electrical charges that are displayed when light is shone on them.
These flexible displays are made using a technique called Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). An oled screen is made by layering sheets of liquid crystals onto a substrate and then exposing them to light. When the light shines on the crystals, the liquid crystals respond by producing the light that we see through the LCD panel. Both flat panels and oled displays consist of individual liquid crystals. There are three different types of LCD panels that include - back lighting, light emitting diode (LED), and fluorescent.
Flexible displays are frequently used for displays and information that need to be viewed quickly and in a focused manner. These flexible displays are most often used for point of sale displays, product packaging, point of purchase software, electronic billboards, interactive displays, point of purchase applications, electronic displays used for advertising and promotions. Flexible displays are also used in the medical, manufacturing, industrial PC, educational, trade and customer service equipment. In addition, this technology is becoming increasingly popular in museums.
Famous manufacturers of Flexible Displays
There are many different manufacturers of flexible displays. Some well-known flexible display manufacturers are Hewlett Packard, Dell, Samsung, Jitterbug, palming monochrome printer LED, and ViewSonic. The most common use for a flexible display is in product packaging. Flexible displays are often used to create 3D images by using stereo display systems and image-processing circuitry. They can be used in product packaging applications for things like watches, pens, shoes, and even electronics.
Many flexible display manufacturers have created advanced image processing circuitry with the capability to process three dimensional data. This technology allows an LCD or LED display to change the image so it appears as though it is displayed on a 2D surface. One very popular display company is Venturebeat who has developed a very unique display technique called panoramic display. A panoramic display displays an image across multiple horizontal or vertical planes. Panoramic displays can be used for a wide range of display applications including robotic surgery, electronic billboards, augmented reality, and more.
Panoramic displays are being used to display images on medical equipment such as robotic arms, and surgical robots. They are also being applied to electronic displays to create e-papers which are flat images on a thin layer of paper. These electronic displays are becoming more common and more sophisticated and we will continue to see more applications for flexible oled displays.
In addition to digital displays, flexible displays are also starting to make their way into the business world. Businesses such as hotels, restaurants, call centers, airports, and convention centers are all implementing flexible display technology in their daily operations. Flexible displays allow employees to be given clear and easy-to-read information regarding their schedules and other important information about the business. They are also making their way into the courtroom, where they are often used to display legal briefs and other legal documents.
Flexible oled screen technology is also being used to display safety and emergency signs in the workplace. As exciting as all of this technology sounds, there are still some drawbacks to flexible displays and they include some limitations to how consumers can interact with them. This may limit the ability of certain technologies to create specific types of interactions or to provide for interactive elements such as touch screens or even a keyboard.
Also, these displays do not offer you the same level of portability that a touch screen does which could be a significant disadvantage depending on the type of device you are using it on.
However, this is likely to change in the near future as display technology for smart phones becomes more affordable and becomes more like a standard item in today's marketplace.