Posted Fri Mar 1, 2013 at 07:00 AM PST by Brian Hoss
Uses for products like Willow glass are temporarily elusive.
Flexible glass displays, the key to rollaway displays of all sizes, is now practical in many aspects, according to an interview between Corning Glass Technologies President James Clappin and Bloomberg. What's missing in part are the flexible components required to make a completely flexible device, but what Clappin is stressing is that the end product goal is lacking. "People are not accustomed to glass you roll up. The ability of people to take it and use it to make a product is limited."
While tablets and cell phones are the most obvious target products, the fact remains that a flexible display could be useful for all sorts of portable and space maximizing conditions. Unrolling a display like a newspaper or a bed sheet could be game changer for many, but the other use that is being tested is for wearable displays, such as watches and shirts.
Wearable displays are prime targets for solar power, just as all flexible displays are targets for touch capability. Whether it is projector-less bed sheet size displays or a new line of display clothing, three years begins to seem too short a time.
Source:Bloomberg via Gizmodo
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