Foldable displays are not new but researchers from Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology from South Korea have built a prototype of a seamless foldable display that does not show any crease after it’s unfolded. Researchers claim there has been a lot of interest in flexible and foldable displays but the visible crease has been a challenge, until now.
Now with their new technology they’ve managed to develop a foldable AMOLED display that can fold/unfold up to 100,000 times without showing any visible crease in the middle.
The display consists of two AMOLED panels, silicone rubber (a hyperelastic material), a protective glass cover, and a module case. The display has a very small folding radius of just 1 mm, so that one panel lies almost completely on top of the other when the display is folded at a 180° angle. Also, the glass cover not only prevents scratches, but can serve as a touch screen, as well.
If such a foldable display is commercially viable in the near future, it will enable larger-sized screens in half the size in various devices like mobile phones, tablets, handheld consoles etc.