Imagine hanging your television like a sheet of wallpaper.
In fact, it's not.
LG recently showcased a wallpaper-like OLED television.
It’s no secret that OLED technology is heralded as one of the most intriguing display advancements of the last decade-plus; it’s definitely one that enthusiasts desperately want to see developed to maximum potential. Aside from its highly touted imaging capabilities, OLED possesses the ability to be produced in very thin, bendable, sheets. This is due to the fact that OLED televisions (unlike LCD sets) do not require backlighting to produce an image. Instead, OLED pixels emit light when stimulated by electrical currents. That’s a big separator between the two display techs and the reason that OLED displays create uniform images with tantalizing contrast capabilities.
Last week, as reported by the Yonhap News Agency, LG Display Company unveiled an incredibly cool 55-inch display that sticks to a wall using nothing more than a magnet. The display is detachable and bendable.
This "wallpaper television" is only 0.04-inches thick and weighs a mere 4.2-pounds, making it nearly 75-percent slimmer than the company’s current Flagship 55-inch OLED display. It was highlighted as one of the company’s future display products at a media event, along with a convex shaped OLED display designed for digital signage.
According to Yonhap News, Yeo Sang-deog (head of LG Display’s Division) has said that LG will continue to increase OLED production to meet consumer demand. The company believes that they will meet this year's demand by July or August 2015. Yonhap is also reporting that LG might introduce an OLED panel as large as 99-inches by the end of this year. Of course, it’s entirely impossible to tell if LG is simply attempting to apply pressure to their competition with grandiose size predictions. One thing is for sure, OLED displays have proven very difficult to reliably produce and most manufacturers (save for Samsung) have opted to concentrate on LCD tech.
As for the future of wallpaper-like displays, it isn’t clear if LG plans to pursue this kind of design for its home consumer-based market. The company is currently saying that it plans to investigate applications for bendable and flexible displays in both the wearable screen and vehicle dashboard segments. For now, OLED seekers will need to select from LG’s current crop of offerings (55, 65, and 77-inch displays). The company expects to sell upwards of 600,000 units by the end of the year.
Image Credit: LG Display