LG’s 12-inch screens can stretch and become 20% larger.
This week, LG Display introduced the world’s first high-resolution stretchable display. Yes, screens that can be stretched, bent, twisted and even folded. The new technology is reportedly durable enough to one day end up on clothing and other wearable devices.
The stretchable “free form screens” shown are 12 inches in size and can easily be stretched to 14 inches or twisted without any damage. Also, the press release claims that the screen doesn’t distort, even after being stretched 20 percent, which sounds pretty wild. Samsung’s foldable phones are tough, but the screens are still relatively fragile.
While a stretchable screen certainly sounds promising, LG Display mentioned that it only has a resolution of 100 pixels per inch, which is substantially lower than what we’re used to in smartphones and smartwatches.
LG Display claims that these all-new stretchy displays are made from a silicone material similar to contact lenses, then integrated with a micro-LED light source. Thanks to the thin, flexible and stretchy design, these displays can conform to skin, fabric, or even metal surfaces like a car or taxi.
I’m just imagining a world where social media influencers post ads on their clothing or an Uber driver playing paid ads on the side of a car speeding down the highway.
It’s worth noting that this is very much in the early stages of such technology. According to LG Display, it’s not an easy process and the screen is still connected to a flat cable that connects to a source device. But who knows, eventually it might use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to display images or videos.
The company hopes to eventually commercialize this revolutionary new technology, but we’ll have to wait and see.