Pietermaritzburg - Speculation has had the Internet abuzz in anticipation for years for the next developments in TVs and displays, but the next step is finally here.
Following in the footsteps of innovations recently featured in The Witness about curved Ultra-High-Definition TVs and projectors the size of a hard drive that display 100 inches of display, just 38 cm from a wall — TVs that actually roll up and fold away are a reality.
It may seems like something out of I, Robot or Minority Report but the idea of a malleable TV is enough to cause brain fog.
LG recently announced their new TV prototype which can be folded and bent while also being paper thin.
Through OLED technology, the new displays are set to be a game-charger in the technology industry.
Many people have heard the term LED (light-emitting diode) when purchasing a TV, but the OLED, organic light-emitting diode, TVs have become the new development in the industry recently.
Produced by LG and Samsung so far, OLED TVs result in a sharper, brighter and slimmer picture and while LED or LCD TVs are energy efficient, the OLED is even more so.
What this means is that TVs will soon become more compact and mobile, as other manufacturers latch on to usage of the technology.
Common HDTVs on the market today using LCD technology use liquid crystals to create the lighting needed to produce the picture, while OLED uses molecules with electricity to do this.
OLED is what some developers believe to be the next advent of the TV and what will spark the next technological developments in the industry.
OLED’s picture quality and ability to be made flexible also opens up possibilities for the production of other devices such as form-fitting wearables, smartphones that can bend and screens which could be wrapped around buildings and vehicles.
How OLED TV are different from other LED TVs is that all TV images are created using red, blue and green light. A magnified view of the screen of even older models of colour TVs show these tiny colours.