Intel is working on flexible Screen for Mobile Devices
There are a lot of efforts to develop commercially viable flexible displays. They could be the next big thing in ever smaller handheld devices.
Intel knows this and decided to join the race by is designing flexible display manufacturing technology of its own:
The way the screen will be produced and work is described in recent Intel patent filing called “Method of fabricating flexible display“. According to this new application, the screen will be made by:
selecting a first flexible sheet and a second flexible sheet; and forming a number of magnetic display elements having magnetically controllable reflectivity between the first flexible sheet and the second flexible sheet. In some embodiments, a display includes pixels having a magnetically controllable reflectivity. The pixels are formed between a pair of flexible non-conductive sheets. Each of the magnetically controllable pixels includes a flexible ring located between the flexible non-conductive sheets. Each of the magnetically controllable pixels also includes magnetic particles located within the flexible ring. The location of the magnetic particles with respect to the flexible non-conductive sheets determines the reflectivity of the pixel.
According to Intel these displays should be suitable for the use in all portable devices such as cellphones, PDAs, GPS navigators, portable web browsers, etc.
I am no expert on the display manufacturing technology and can’t tell whether Intel approach will result in some real products.
But with all the efforts/designs/prototypes we see in the flexible display area, we are bound to see something good and working pretty soon.