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Gadgets That Could Be Flexible In The Near Future

Flexible gadgets: our new reality?

Once upon a time, in the not-so-distant past, the idea of making a phone call on anything other than a telephone seemed preposterous. Just as preposterous as the idea of watching a film on a television or writing a letter without pen and paper. However, technology has transformed the way we live our lives. We embraced TVs, personal computers and mobiles with open arms, and the next wave of technological innovation is about to hit.

The introduction and development of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology has opened up the possibilities of creating the so-called gadgets of the future. Unlike traditional LDC screens, OLED screens are able to bend, fold, and even roll up completely. Here’s an overview of the main flexible gadgets you can expect to see in the near future.

Mobile phones

The introduction of OLED screens and flexible solid state batteries means that it may be possible for a smartphone to bend in half. In 2014, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note Edge, a smartphone with flexible edges, and are currently working towards creating a smartphone which can fold completely in half. Several other companies including LG Electronics are following suit, and it has been predicted that flexible smartphones will be on the market from 2017. In addition to the novelty factor, flexible phones have the advantage of being more resistant to damage and easier to travel with.

Televisions

Televisions have already began to become more flexible. Samsung and LG have both launched curved TVs that can bend at the edges via the click of a remote. However, LG is planning to go one step further and launch a rollable TV. They have announced the release of two paper-thin TV panels, one being so flexible that it can roll into a tube 3cm in diameter. LG plan to release a 60in Ultra HD rollable TV by 2017.

Tablets

Tablets are also getting more flexible. Samsung have already created the world’s first flexible tablet, which is set for release this year. The tablet can fold up to a 90 degree angle. Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, a company with a long history of creating flexible components, has gone one step further and exhibited a flexible tablet at a Japanese tech show which can fold into thirds. This technology opens the door for the possibility of a smartphone-tablet hybrid without compromising size.

Wearable Technology

Wearable technology has developed rapidly in recent years, with products like Fitbit and Apple Watch gaining widespread popularity, and it is likely that wearable tech will increasingly use flexible technology in the future. Companies like FlexEnable are driving this trend by developing flexible display technology to be used in wearables like the Samsung’s Gear Fit, a fitness band with an OLED display screen that can curve around the wrist.

Image source: FlexEnable

We are in the midst of a technological revolution. Thanks to the introduction of OLED screens, a whole world of possibilities for future gadgets has opened up. Soon, the notion of a phone that remains the same shape and size will seem quaint.

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