Liquid OLED Tech Could Lead to More Reliable, More Flexible Displays

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We've already told you that legitimate flexible OLED displays really are coming now, but thanks to some Japanese researchers they could be more reliable—and flexible!—than we first imagined.

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In layman's terms, the innovation arrives thanks to a liquid semiconducting layer that potentially bends and flexes more reliably than the "vacuum thermal evaporation" technique employed by Samsung.

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In the researchers' case, the liquid, officially known as ethylhexyl carbazole (EHCz), will constantly deliver a fresh supply of semiconductors to the emitting layer. To you and me that means better, more flexible screens that might not degrade as quickly as once thought, if and when they arrive in the (near?) future. Just don't try and drink one. [PhysOrg via OLED Info - Thanks, Ron]

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Isn't a downside of a lot of cheap screens (especially touch screens) being really flexible? I understand how much of an amazing step forward this is technology-wise, but unless you want to carry around a paper thin device (that seems like) it would break easily, how is a flexible screen beneficial to the end consumer? In a completely "watching tv" way, I also there cannot see how this would be useful, because if it's flexible it means it's thinner, which means easier rips (right?)

I don't know if I got the whole thing wrong, but if I did, someone please explain to me the benefits of this.